Type News

Yay, More Toys!

June 16, 2014 by
FontShop Team
FontShop Team

Since the last sprint, we’ve been focusing intensely on the more complex and demanding modules that are now in the works. Still, we were able to expand and improve on some of the existing features so you have a few new toys to entertain you while we’re busy working hard on the upcoming releases.

Now, for example, you can delve deeper into the Tryout feature. Here we’ve added more templates and a range of new functions that offer more creative possibilities and give you more control and versatility.

The new Tryout templates offer a useful variety of different layout-scenarios to work with. In addition to the original blank template, there’s now a colorful “postcard” template where you can play around with fonts against a large background image, perfect for making quick mock-ups of website landing-pages or posters. In any of the templates, you can upload your own images by simply clicking the multi-colored button in the corner of the page.

For more journalistic or “information-oriented” designs, try the new “blog” template, which illustrates how you can harmoniously combine many different types of text-blocks on one page. Finally, there’s the “book template”, which not only lets you test-drive in a classic book-publishing layout, but, like all the other templates, also gives you the option to compare different fonts on the same page.

The “blog” Tryout template
The “blog” Tryout template

Control and navigation are also now easier in the Tryout module. For instant reference, there’s a new “info” button that you can click to toggle the font information on and off in the Tryout pages to reveal or hide the family names, weights and point sizes of all typefaces on the page.

You can now easily browse and select families from within the Tryout templates by using the new “show all families” option. This opens a special family selection menu where you can search for families by name or style-category.

The “book” Tryout template, with the “Show all families” menu
The “book” Tryout template, with the “Show all families” menu

And in response to the many requests we got, we’ve also improved the family “styles” module by adding a new option to view all italics together in one list with their matching upright companions. Just click the “show italics” field to toggle it on or off.

Click the “Show Italics” box to display or hide all Italics
Click the “Show Italics” box to display or hide all Italics

We still have many major additions in store, so keep watching this space for upcoming sprint releases. As always, we welcome your feedback, so please do try the new features and let us know what you think, since your opinion continues to shape the further development of the site.