The 'Find my Font' application has undergone several changes since its first version. Numerous additional features and enhancements have also been provided.
The following is a list of the major changes that were released in each version:
All the above corrections can be performed on the whole image of any part of it. A preview is shown at al the times to allow the user to perform the necessary adjustments before finalizing the correction.
The program now allows the user to indicate if he's using a proxy to connect to the internet and the parameters for the connection.
The tool now shows vertical lines to make the 'horizontalize' operation much easier.
The new tool tip area provides useful information about the selected tool. The user may also adjust the tool's parameters in this area.
The program will now identify fonts even if they are not located on the user's computer. It will communicate with our online font identification server and identify fonts within a few seconds. The online font matches are displayed along with the local (on your computer) matches and are sorted by matching accuracy.
The user may still see a preview of the matching fonts whether local or online.
Softonium Developments has created an extensive Online Font Database that contains all major Commercial and Non Commercial fonts. This database is used for online font identification and is enriched daily with new fonts to ensure that you can identify even the latest font releases.
* Requires internet connection.
The user may now browse for fonts on his computer by typing a part of a font's name. The program will display a list with fonts that contain that word in their family name or font style. The user may display some text using any of the browsed fonts.
Even more important, the user may also find fonts that are visually similar to the browsed font. A very important and invaluable feature for Graphic Designers and Type Enthusiasts. See Screenshot
Clicking the right mouse button (ctrl-click for Mac OS X) on any font will give the user a menu with details about the selected font as well as a set of commands available for it.
The FontSets may now include Type 1 fonts. These are postscript fonts available for both Mac and PC. On the Mac OS X, suitcases are also supported. More details
The user may now specify that he wants the program to search for Bold/Italic fonts that are not part of a FontSet. This is achieved by generating a fake in-memory bold/italic font from a normal one and then matching on it. When the matching is finished the fake font is destroyed.
The program now allows you to capture the screen and use the screen shot as the image for font matching. Ideal for cases where you don't have the text in an image file but is displayed in another program or web browser.
The preferences dialog window has been simplified to make parameters easier to understand and adjust.
The help contents have been improved both aesthetically and functionally. New guiding sections were added.
The indexing and font matching algorithms were re-written in order to achieve even higher speeds. More specifically the indexing speed has been increased by 40% while the font matching speed has increased by 60%. Now matching speeds may exceed 3 Million fonts per minute
The program now supports fonts that do not contain a unicode character table. These fonts are usually older ttf fonts that contain only the ANSI character set.
The program now allows you to look for a match without specifying the corresponding letter. This way you may search for symbols and other special characters in fonts.
You may now easily 'horizontalize' letters or words with the click of a button. Makes it very easy to select/match letters on an arc or curve.
Allows you to easily mark boundaries of letters. This way you may select/match connected letters in a script font.
Now 'Find my Font' is available for the MAC OS/X. Compatible with MAC OS/X 10.4 + (Intel Based). Development will continue targeting both platforms (Mac OS/X & Windows)
The program now supports indexing of FontSets. Indexing is done once and speeds up the matching process by 15X. Now matching a font takes less than a second! You may also specify the ranges of the letters you want indexed.
Once a font has been matched you may see details about it such as its family, FontSet, filename and folder where it's located. With a click of a button you may open the font, install the font on your system or be directed to the folder containing the font.
The program now supports FontSets. You can create FontSets in order to specify the folders that contain fonts. You may also indicate the order in which the program is going to use the FontSets as well as which ones are active.
You may now rotate images in order to select letters from images that are not scanned aligned to the baseline of the text to match.
'Find my Font' is released to the public after extensive beta testing.
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