FS#5967 - nimbus-18 font

Attached to Project: Rockbox
Opened by Alexander Levin (fml2) - Sunday, 10 September 2006, 21:00 GMT
Task Type Patches
Category Font/charset
Status Closed
Assigned To No-one
Operating System All players
Severity Low
Priority Normal
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First shot at nimbus-18 (my favourite shape). All basic glyphs have been designed, so the rest should be trivial. Markun, are you reading this? ;-)
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Closed by  Daniel Stenberg (bagder)
Monday, 29 January 2007, 08:45 GMT
Reason for closing:  Accepted
Additional comments about closing:  Thanks, committed to SVN just no!
Comment by Marcoen Hirschberg (marcoen) - Monday, 11 September 2006, 00:27 GMT
Yes :)

Looks really nice in the gigabeat simulator. I'll let you know if I add some more glyphs.
Comment by Alexander Levin (fml2) - Monday, 11 September 2006, 09:46 GMT
Corrected some glyphs (made them thicker), added some accented and cyrillic glyphs, changed font size to 19 to make accented capitals possible at the normal size and in order to improve readability
Comment by Alexander Levin (fml2) - Monday, 11 September 2006, 18:04 GMT
Made simple single and double qoute really simple (i.e. not typographic)
Comment by Alexander Levin (fml2) - Tuesday, 12 September 2006, 07:50 GMT
Some more corrections:
- made little cyrillic i look like latin u
- adjusted little cyrillic f to have the same height as latin o
- made little cyrillic l and d look like latin v

These changes should also be applied to nimbus-12 and nimbus-14.
Comment by Alexander Levin (fml2) - Tuesday, 12 September 2006, 15:08 GMT
Corrected r, cyrillic capital L and D. Added flipped ! and ?.
Comment by Alexander Levin (fml2) - Friday, 22 September 2006, 19:10 GMT
Markun, I'm now not so sure about the design. For example 'A': the 'legs' have width of 3 but the gap has the width of 2. In the original font these widths are the same. Isn't it a design flaw?
Comment by Jonas Häggqvist (rasher) - Friday, 22 September 2006, 19:27 GMT
I added this font to my fontstats page:

The linked charts there might be helpful in further expanding the font.
Comment by Jonas Häggqvist (rasher) - Wednesday, 27 September 2006, 11:51 GMT
This Chicago truetype font uses the same with for the gap and the stroke (at least for the A). Enter a single "A" in the form to get a large-sized A.
Comment by Marcoen Hirschberg (marcoen) - Wednesday, 27 September 2006, 11:52 GMT
You are right about the A, but don't know if it will look good if you make it any wider.
You can get some inspiration here maybe:

although I think they made it a bit too 'round' compared to the original BDF font.
btw, I noticed that the Chicago font is used in the 1995 movie Hackers ;)
Comment by Alexander Levin (fml2) - Wednesday, 27 September 2006, 13:25 GMT
Well, they've probably made it right. But they use anti alising which is not available for bitmap fonts. I tried to keep the original width/height ratio which for Chicago is 2:3. And A has dimensions of 8:12 = 2:3. So I think I won't edit the font anymore. Even if it's not the best possible design, I quite like it on my IHP-120.
Comment by Alexander Levin (fml2) - Wednesday, 04 October 2006, 18:48 GMT

some time ago I made up a WPS for my taste. It's clean and simple and contains only the bare minimum about the current song. No technical details like file format or bit rate. Actually it's so simple that it works well also with nimbus-19. So I thought I'd share it. But I don't have a wiki account, so I place it here. On H120, the WPS works well with any font up to and including 14 points (I used nimbus-14 before) and 18 or more points. 15, 16, and 17 points are not so good since the half of the last line is cut off.

Here it is (the first line is '%we', the lst line ends with 'Fn>'):




Comment by Alexander Levin (fml2) - Monday, 04 December 2006, 12:38 GMT
Added hebrew glyphs