What font do you use?

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Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:52 pm Post

As per title, which font do you guys use the most (when you let your thoughts out)?

Recently I had to spend more and more of my time switching between MacOS>Windows>MacOS>iOS>Windows. The font between platforms is not supported well. As such, I have to stick most of the times only with Arial - as that's the only one which won't break any text formatting/layout too much :|

What about you guys, what do you use the most?

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Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:29 pm Post

I make extensive use of fonts I've downloaded from https://fontsquirrel.com. They have many fonts that are free for commercial use. I install them on my Mac and use the Anyfont app (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/anyfont/id821560738?mt=8) to install them on my iOS devices.

Currently I use Anonymous Pro as my writing font, and Cormorant as my output font. But that varies depending on my needs. I change writing fonts regularly to keep the text looking fresh to my eyes. Output font varies depending on the audience for my work. (Professional editors get the font they request; different genres of self-published work get different fonts.)

I assume you've read the L&L Knowledge base article on cross-platform fonts, but for readers who might not have done, it's at https://scrivener.tenderapp.com/help/kb/ios/using-fonts-across-platforms.
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Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:31 pm Post

I've always been a monospace fan, and a Windows user, and I love Courier...but not Courier New (ugly, thin, anorexic font). I use Courier Prime whenever I can. It was originally developed for John August, a screenwriter, and a Mac user as well, so I'm sure it moves between Windows and Mac just fine (I know it works well in Linux).

If I have to use a san serif font, I usually default to Arial, all the while wishing I could afford to buy Helvetica.

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Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:07 pm Post

Fonts are not a big thing for me -- except that I have an intense dislike of Helvetica as a screen font. It irritates me no end that it seems to be the default everywhere I go. I used to use Verdana all the time, and I now use IBM Plex Mono on screen. They are about the only two fonts I've used in more than ten years, apart from the occasional experiment to see if I like another one better. Anything I print (which happens rather rarely) is in Times New Roman.
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:18 pm Post

Onscreen I tend to prefer IBM Plex Mono, Hack, or Lucida Grande.

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Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:34 pm Post

Lee.Hauser wrote:I've always been a monospace fan, and a Windows user, and I love Courier...but not Courier New (ugly, thin, anorexic font). I use Courier Prime whenever I can. It was originally developed for John August, a screenwriter, and a Mac user as well, so I'm sure it moves between Windows and Mac just fine (I know it works well in Linux).
My current BFF font is Courier New, but there's no accounting for taste. :D When I tire of it, which I know I will, to switch things up I'll likely move to Courier Prime or Courier Screenplay.

I was using Gabriele, my favorite typewriter font, but it doesn't play well with the Win beta. :(

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Sat Oct 26, 2019 2:45 pm Post

JimRac wrote:
Lee.Hauser wrote:I've always been a monospace fan, and a Windows user, and I love Courier...but not Courier New (ugly, thin, anorexic font). I use Courier Prime whenever I can. It was originally developed for John August, a screenwriter, and a Mac user as well, so I'm sure it moves between Windows and Mac just fine (I know it works well in Linux).
My current BFF font is Courier New, but there's no accounting for taste. :D When I tire of it, which I know I will, to switch things up I'll likely move to Courier Prime or Courier Screenplay.

I was using Gabriele, my favorite typewriter font, but it doesn't play well with the Win beta. :(

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I wish I loved Courier New...it's built in to Windows. But I find it, as SF writer Robert Sawyer says, "anemic."

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Mon Oct 28, 2019 2:01 am Post

For anyone who likes monospaced fonts, this online tool is great for comparing free fonts easily:

https://app.programmingfonts.org/

Paste in some text, change fontsize and line height to taste, turn off syntax highlighting, pin fonts you are interested in then switch back and forth easily…

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Mon Oct 28, 2019 5:53 pm Post

Lee.Hauser wrote:I've always been a monospace fan, and a Windows user, and I love Courier...but not Courier New (ugly, thin, anorexic font). I use Courier Prime whenever I can. It was originally developed for John August, a screenwriter, and a Mac user as well, so I'm sure it moves between Windows and Mac just fine (I know it works well in Linux).

If I have to use a san serif font, I usually default to Arial, all the while wishing I could afford to buy Helvetica.

thanks for the recommendation on Courier Prime. I switched and it looks great!
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Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:15 pm Post

I've always liked Merriweather for the editor font. Comments I typically leave at Lucida Sans or Verdana. Found Merriweather on a website years ago and fell in love with it. It's easy on the eyes, big enough to read, and has a sort of feel-good vibe without being too fancy.

Palatino is another good one. I used to use this font exclusively when I worked for a local newspaper.

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Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:53 pm Post

Eric, Merriweather looks like a good one, as does that guitar. :)
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Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:24 pm Post

I use Bookman Old Style for a number of reasons:

1. It is free, no royalties. Fairly generic (all versions I've seen are pretty much exactly the same).
2. It is a serifed font. Serifed fonts are much easier to read over long docs than sans serif. This one reads well.
3. Fiction is typically published in a font similar to this one, so it reads in the editor similar to how it reads to a reader.
4. It does not draw attention to itself. It's invisible.
5. Neither Mac nor Windows has any vendetta against this font.
6. It is similar to a font that Kindle will choose.
7. It has no real faults and no real downside (many fonts do).