Right font 4 right purpose

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The following list should provide an overview of free and non-free fonts known to behave well on screen and/or in print. Anyone is invited to add his favourite fonts and comment on his experience with them. If you don't feel like playing with the table entries, just hit the Discussion tab and describe your fonts in plain text, and other users will insert an table row for you, then.

The table columns and their meaning:

  • Professional printing? -- known good for professional printing (top quality font, prefer these)
  • Bubblejet printing? -- known good for printing (eg. breaks a RIP but prints ok on a bubblejet or a laser printer)
  • Web/Presentations? -- known good for web/presentations (actually loads and renders in Scribus and its PDFs, but its a nasty font for printing/RIPing)
  • Knows issues? -- Any problems that may occur
  • Comments -- Any additional information you consider important

Font list

Font table
Font Repository / Font Family /Link Type Professional printing? Bubblejet printing? Web/Presentations? Known issues? Encoding Comments
Lido OTF No? Yes? Yes? No? Latin1? Free for non-commercial use
Artifex Ghostscript TTF TTF Yes? Yes? Yes? No? Latin1? Includes URW fonts shipped with most Linux distros, but also some additional font families,like URW Classico and a Garamond
CorelDraw fonts TTF, PS Yes Yes Yes? No? Latin1? high quality Bitstream fonts

Gentium fonts ? Yes? Yes Yes No Unicode3, see here for more details free; see the samples

Antykwa Toruńska fonts Type1, TTF, OTF Yes? Yes? Yes? No? Unicode, QX, cp1250, StandardEncoding, Cyrillic, Greek free; the font is mainly used for typesetting of small prints