April 8, 2004 6:23 AM   Subscribe

Fontifier will take a scan of your handwriting and turn it into a TrueType font.
...for $9.
posted by Mwongozi (13 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Oh, damn. I can't believe I didn't take advantage of this when it was free.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 6:28 AM on April 8, 2004

When did they start charging? Way to tease people there. Luckily, I got my crappy handwriting [.ttf] fontified before.
posted by mkn at 6:38 AM on April 8, 2004

Hmm. I really like my own handwriting and think it actually would make a pretty decent font, so I might shell out for it.
posted by angry modem at 6:44 AM on April 8, 2004

$9 still sounds hella-cheap for such a unique and personalized indulgence.
posted by Ynoxas at 6:44 AM on April 8, 2004

monju, I was thinking the same thing.
posted by kavasa at 6:47 AM on April 8, 2004

Beware, I just tried it and the results are less than impressive. The preview it gives you isn't nearly big enough to judge the quality of the font, when I finally got mine downloaded, it turned out to be really jaggy and thin.

If you're going to try it, use a pen that puts down plenty of ink.
posted by Mwongozi at 6:47 AM on April 8, 2004

Is there a freeware/shareware program on or that can do something similar?
posted by aaronshaf at 7:04 AM on April 8, 2004

You could always create your own handwriting font with Fontographer or similar software. Like Mwongozi says, it's rather jaggedy results that you can create better with decent software yourself, I was a tad disappointed even though i made a 'dabitch-font' for nil bucks.
posted by dabitch at 7:09 AM on April 8, 2004

i think that i would like this, if i could get a good quality font out of it. i have quite a few samples of my mom's handwriting; i was in high school when she died. she always had very precise, neat printing, and i've thought for a long time that i would like to have some way of keeping that around for a while; a font was one thing i'd considered.

specifically, she was a writer. she never had anything other than newspaper columns published, but there are several stories and books that she wrote for the family that i would like to print, with her handwriting, just to have.

so, how hard is it to wrestle through fontographer (or similar) to get a decent TT font? and, more importantly, how much would it set me back to do so?
posted by caution live frogs at 10:17 AM on April 8, 2004

I decided to do it the other way around: I now handwrite in Eras Demi ITC. It saved me handing out $9 for my own handwriting font.
posted by SpaceCadet at 1:59 PM on April 8, 2004

A quick search turned up this software:

It's a Font Creator program with a trial download. Definately a lot more work to create your own font (basically, you have to do it letter by letter) -- but the result is a lot better -- and you can tweak it.
posted by dawiz at 2:37 PM on April 8, 2004 [1 favorite]

Oops... A link is probably better:

The Font Creator Program
posted by dawiz at 2:38 PM on April 8, 2004 [1 favorite]

Send me a copy of your handwriting and $8.99 and I'll do the same thing for you. For an extra $20 bucks I'll throw in an Open Type Version or a Type 1. Multiple master will cost extra. I can also make a full range of weights based on your sample.
I'm half joking. I can do this, have done this, might even be willing to do this for money but I don't have an automated process, so $9 would be buying a couple hours of my time
if you can't live without it though, my e-mail is in my profile
posted by Grod at 3:02 PM on April 8, 2004

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