Typecast Brings Precise Typographic Control to Website Design
WOBURN, Mass. -- (Business Wire)
Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: TYPE), a leading provider of
typefaces, technology and expertise for creative applications and
consumer devices, has announced the commercial launch of its Typecast™
application, a browser-based tool for designing Web pages with Web fonts.
The Typecast application launches commercially after a year and a half
in private and public beta programs, bringing the design community a
tool that helps to save time and create better quality Web typography.
“Good typography is transforming the Web, and the engine behind that is
Web fonts,” said Chris Roberts, vice president and general manager of
Monotype’s e-commerce group. “With Typecast, designers now have a simple
yet powerful design tool that opens up a whole new level of productivity
and creative expression. We’re very excited that it’s now part of our
complete Web font offering.”
“The Typecast application simply takes the pain out of working with Web
fonts,” said Paul McKeever, director of Typecast. “We’ve simplified
workflow to bring joy to Web design and allow designers to spend more
time on creative experimentation. They can iterate as quickly as they
ideate and more easily create accessible, readable content for any sized
screen on any device.”
Web designers are able to combine, compare and style Web fonts quickly
without performing screen captures in third-party applications or
through hand coding. Users can visually style text directly within the
browser, which offers more scope for creative experimentation, better
typographic control and a simplified workflow. As designers work,
Typecast software generates production-ready HTML and CSS code behind
the scenes. When designers are ready to start building their sites, they
can export that HTML and CSS, plus generate embedded code that will
serve their project’s typefaces to their site.
Designers can set styles such as font size, line spacing and coloring,
and also apply OpenType® features such as ligatures, small caps,
fractions, lining and old style figures, and swash characters. Designers
are able to try fonts on real, full-length project content, not just
short snippets. Using side-by-side comparison and testing, designers can
see at a glance what’s working and what’s not. Styles can be adjusted
across entire projects with just a few clicks.
The Typecast application is available at four subscription levels, each
with monthly, yearly and tri-yearly billing options. Prices start at $29
per month for an individual plan, and all plans include a free standard
subscription to Fonts.com
Web Fonts worth $10 per month, enabling Typecast subscribers to use
more than 20,000 Web fonts on their live sites. The Typecast application
is available as a free trial for 14 days.
The Typecast application allows designers to experiment with fonts from
Typekit®, Fontdeck®, Webtype® and Google® Web Fonts as well as
Web Fonts, which features thousands of typefaces, including timeless
classics such as the Trade Gothic®, Avenir® and ITC Avant Garde Gothic®
families, as well as cutting-edge designs and hand-tuned fonts.
Further information about the Typecast
application, including a video
that details the product, is available at http://typecast.com,
where visitors can also view customer videos from Happy
Cog, one of the world’s most respected design agencies, and
international publishing company Condé
Nast, which used Typecast to redesign vogue.co.uk.
A public beta program for Typecast began one week prior to Monotype’s
Oct. 30, 2012 acquisition of Design by Front Limited, the company behind
the Typecast application. The product continues to be developed from
Belfast, Northern Ireland, where Monotype now holds an office.
Monotype is a leading global provider of typefaces, technology and
expertise that enable the best user experience and ensure brand
integrity. Based in Woburn, Mass., Monotype provides customers worldwide
with typeface solutions for a broad range of creative applications and
consumer devices. The company’s library and e-commerce sites are home to
many of the most widely used typefaces – including the Helvetica®,
families – as well as the next generation of type designs. Further
information is available at www.monotype.com.
Monotype, Helvetica, Frutiger, Avenir and Trade Gothic are trademarks of
Monotype Imaging Inc. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Typecast is a trademark
of Monotype Imaging Inc. Univers is a trademark of Linotype GmbH
registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered
in certain jurisdictions. ITC Avant Garde Gothic is a trademark of
Monotype ITC Inc. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and
may be registered in certain jurisdictions. OpenType is either a
registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the U.S. and/or
other countries. Typekit is either a registered trademark or trademark
of Adobe Systems Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Fontdeck is a
registered trademark of Clearleft Ltd. Google is a registered trademark
of Google Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective
owners. © 2013 Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. All rights reserved.
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Source: Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc.
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