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  • Category User Interface → Font/charset
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Attached to Project: Rockbox
Opened by Alexander Levin - 2006-09-10

FS#5967 - nimbus-18 font

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? ;-)

Closed by  Daniel Stenberg
2007-01-29 08:45
Reason for closing:  Accepted
Additional comments about closing:  

Thanks, committed to SVN just no!

Marcoen Hirschberg commented on 2006-09-11 00:27

Yes :)

Looks really nice in the gigabeat simulator. I’ll let you know if I add some more glyphs.

Alexander Levin commented on 2006-09-11 09:46

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

Alexander Levin commented on 2006-09-11 18:04

Made simple single and double qoute really simple (i.e. not typographic)

Alexander Levin commented on 2006-09-12 07:50

Some more corrections:

  1. made little cyrillic i look like latin u
  2. adjusted little cyrillic f to have the same height as latin o
  3. made little cyrillic l and d look like latin v

These changes should also be applied to nimbus-12 and nimbus-14.

Alexander Levin commented on 2006-09-12 15:08

Corrected r, cyrillic capital L and D. Added flipped ! and ?.

Alexander Levin commented on 2006-09-22 19:10

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?

Jonas Häggqvist commented on 2006-09-22 19:27

I added this font to my fontstats page:

The linked charts there might be helpful in further expanding the font.

Jonas Häggqvist commented on 2006-09-27 11:51

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.

Marcoen Hirschberg commented on 2006-09-27 11:52

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 ;)

Alexander Levin commented on 2006-09-27 13:25

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.

Alexander Levin commented on 2006-10-04 18:48


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>’):





Alexander Levin commented on 2006-12-04 12:38

Added hebrew glyphs


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