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Author Topic: Ecofont - a free font that saves ink  (Read 4582 times)

housetier

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Ecofont - a free font that saves ink
« on: December 24, 2008, 06:46:53 AM »
Dutch webdesign group SPRANQ have created Ecofont, a font that supposedly saves up to 20% of ink when used for printing. Even if it were less savings, I really like the idea!

The font is free (based on GPL'd Bitstream Vera), download it from their page.



I didn't feel like cropping their logo, so no linky picture this time

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Re: Ecofont - a free font that saves ink
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2008, 07:16:30 AM »
I had read about this font last week. Will be giving it a test run today as a matter of fact.

I'm the lead volunteer for our counties Community Support Services, Pet Meals for Homebound Seniors program and twice a month I need to print out packing lists for the drivers and labels for the client's meal deliveries, with the next packing day scheduled for Friday the day after Christmas.

Something like this font, that supposedly saves up to 20% of ink, sounds like just the thing to use. Will report back Friday after packing.
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Re: Ecofont - a free font that saves ink
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2008, 10:55:22 AM »
Wonder how well it applies to laser? Would it save more than the economode feature found on many laser printers?

Tried the font with an HP4050 under PCL6. It doesn't look at all bad. 8)

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Re: Ecofont - a free font that saves ink
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2008, 02:33:19 PM »
majorspacecase I am very interested in your findings!

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Re: Ecofont - a free font that saves ink
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2008, 11:28:42 AM »
Hehe
http://www.ecofont.e...hind_ecofont_en.html
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(Offset) printers: avoid modern laser techniques that make ink indivisible from the paper. Keep an eye on innovations, such as plant-based ink.
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http://www.ecofont.e...k_at_ecofont_en.html
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Printing with a laser printer will give the best printing results.
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Re: Ecofont - a free font that saves ink
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2008, 04:25:46 PM »
Well the font worked out fantastic :Thmbsup: Even with setting Inksaver at 35% savings, the labels printed out extremely legible. Even though at the larger font sizes I use (18pt for address' & Food amounts, 28pt for client's name & Route designation) the "holes" are visible they don't detract from the aesthetics in my opinion. On the driver's "clients lists" I use 8pt and it looks just fine.

Will definitely be using this font from now on.

As a side note the "Pet Meals for Home Bound Seniors Program" of Citrus County in 2008 serviced  664 clients, 778 dogs, 653 cats. Packed & distributed 6.75 tons of dog, cat food (dry & canned) & cat litter. And I lifted every one of those pounds more than once!!

Here's a link to a local news story that just recently aired:

Bay News 9
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Re: Ecofont - a free font that saves ink
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2009, 01:11:29 PM »
This looks interesting. But the problem is that I only print things for school and they typically require Times New Roman.


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Re: Ecofont - a free font that saves ink
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2009, 04:11:32 PM »
And now you can be even more ecological by using coffee instead of ink ;)