What fonts do you use?

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Sun Nov 10, 2013 12:35 pm Post

I'm curious what fonts you guys use to work in. I've always worked in MS Word and imported it into Scrivener, so I'm still on Calibri, which is a font I like. It's nice and modern-looking, especially when printed out. That said, most books I've read use a serif font. I tried working with that, too, and I like it as well. They both have their appeal and I'm not 100% sure yet which I like better.

Any thoughts?

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Sun Nov 10, 2013 2:29 pm Post

Times New Roman is my BFF. It's serifs make it easy to read, and it has very distinct bold and italicized types, unlike some other fonts. Classics never go out of style.

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Sun Nov 10, 2013 2:41 pm Post

I write in the Editor using Courier New.
My Scrivener interface / Menus and Binder are in a bespoke font based on Interstate.
I use Merriweather for the Outliner. This also looks good for the Menus (since Interstate is a paid font).
I also use Merriweather for the Corkboard titles and text, and Sketch Rockwell for the Status stamps.

When compiling, I use Garamond for pretty much everything, with the exception of any title text on a Part separator, where I use good ol' Arial in full caps.

If you don't know it, I'd definitely encourage you to check out Merriweather. It's free, and was specifically designed with being easy to read on a computer screen in mind.
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Sun Nov 10, 2013 5:48 pm Post

I've recently been using Garamond for body text and bolded Verdana for headings.

People seem to like the results.

Note, too, that Baskerville has some claim to producing the most credible copy:



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Sun Nov 10, 2013 5:56 pm Post

For editing I use Adobe Garamond Pro for the text in most projects and Optima for inspector notes. If I’m going to be using IPA phonetics, I use Baskerville for the text as that works better with Charis SIL. For exporting, anything that will be distributed in PDF form or on paper remains in Garamond Pro or Baskerville/Charis SIL; anything that I’m sending to colleagues as an RTF, I compile in Times New Roman for compatibility.
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Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:14 pm Post

Various forms of Courier for my own purposes or when a monospace font is required, TNR for anything more 'formal'. Always have, probably always will.
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Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:17 pm Post

I always find that this font caters to nearly all my typing requirements:
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Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:51 pm Post

Left to my own devices, I currently use Georgia for most things (Didot if I'm feeling sprightly and frivolous, and if I'm not sending the output to anyone else), with Helvetica Neue for sans-serif headings, and Menlo on the rare occasions on which I need something mono-spaced. If I'm sending stuff to other people, I tend to switch to Times New Roman, Arial and Courier, on the grounds that those fonts can't be deemed unsuitable.
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Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:34 pm Post

Love this topic! Always interested to know how others make it easier on their eyes. At the moment, after dalliances with Garamond, Lucida Grande, Helvetica Neue, and Courier, I'm back in Verdana, which seems to be fine... for now! I think my favorite font is the one used in Writer, Nitti Light. Wish I could have that in Scrivener and everywhere else.
While we're on the subject, what colors/backgrounds are other scriveners using?

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Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:43 pm Post

After dallying with the wonderful Fournier New font from Francois Rappo in Switzerland and finding (a) that it had a problem with faulty kerning tables and OS X Lion Refused to allow it to be loaded, and (b) it had recently disappeared from their site, I decided to try Linux Libertine, a free and open source font. Won't be much good, I thought: wrong. It's a lovely, fully-featured font, unobtrusive and good for any job. My publisher BlazeVox in Buffalo NY State has fallen in love with it too. Linux Biolinum (a near-clone of Optima) is the sans-serif.
URL at http://www.linuxlibertine.org/index.php?id=1&L=1
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Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:38 am Post

As far as colors go, I'm using a light gray font on a blue background, sort of like the old WordPerfect setup. Specifically, the font color is Hue: 0, Sat: 0, Val: 222, Red: 222, Green: 222, Blue: 222, Alpha channel: 255. The editor background color is Hue: 240, Sat: 255, Val: 100, Red: 0, Green: 0, Blue: 100, Alpha channel: 255.

All of the other colors are default right now.

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Thu Nov 14, 2013 4:47 am Post

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Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:46 am Post

OliveGreen mono looks good, but given that the only price I can find is $160US, I think I'll pass. :D
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