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Alkamar, the village in the moonlight

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This package contains six truetype fonts:

  • FixedSmall 5x7
  • FixedMediumBlack 8x7
  • FixedMedium 9x7
  • FixedMediumSerif 7x9
  • FixedMediumSpikey 7x7
  • FixedLargeThin 12x12

The fonts were custom made for rendering in Flash applications. (Remember, this was the days before the Flash IDE gave us the opportunity to turn off antialiasing on text fields.) They were all made fixed width, to ease my experiments with animated text. (This was also in the days before ActionScript got the TextFormat Object.) They have served their purpose well, as effect fonts in Flash, but I make no claim about their qualities in other situations. If typography is an iceberg, then these glyphs are crows scratching on the frozen surface.

In addition this package contains the FontForge project files. (The fonts have been exported using the FontForge program on the CygWin platform.) Download FontForge from http://fontforge.sourceforge.net/ if you want to tinker with the included project files (see licence below), or need to export other formats for other platforms. Usually a truetype font is easy to install - on Windows you just drag it into the font folder.

Short guide to Flash usage

Flash draws nice and smooth (antialiased) vectors, but when the text size gets small, antialiasing will sometimes render a font illegible. These fonts are made of small vector squares that exactly (on the pixel, so to say) fits the Flash rendering engine, neutralizing the antialiasing effect.

The convention is to set a size of 8 pixels (or multiples of 8) on pixelfonts. The textfield must be placed on round xy coordinates, that is whole pixels: not 3.1 but 3.0. And finally, neither the TextField nor the MovieClip(s) containing the TextField should be scaled/rotated.

  • Font size 8
  • No scaling/rotation on the TextField/MovieClips
  • TextField/MovieClips placed at whole pixels.


(c) Olaf Havnes, 2007. All rights reserved.

The font package is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License. To view a copy of this license, visit Creative Commons or send a letter to Creative Commons, 543 Howard Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA.

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