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« Reply #25 on: February 22, 2006, 10:17:29 AM »

Hi Damien, Envy Code B is nice!

People also might want to check out the links on the sidebar of jibz's Dina page.
in particular the links to Jeff Atwoods Coding Horror blog:
http://www.codinghorror.c...blog/archives/000417.html
http://www.codinghorror.c...blog/archives/000157.html
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« Reply #26 on: February 22, 2006, 10:21:22 AM »

thanks for the screenshot koreth, at 12pt the Consolas really looks nice, but becomes a bit blurry as it gets smaller.

the main motivation for these bitmapped fonts is to make something that is monospaced and pixel-level tweaked for a very specific small point size.  so they aren't appropriate for tasks where you might want larger fonts.

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« Reply #27 on: March 04, 2006, 10:49:29 AM »

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« Reply #28 on: March 05, 2006, 06:39:37 AM »

Please do not forget my favorite font Oloron Program
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« Reply #29 on: March 05, 2006, 07:25:06 AM »

Might as well mention two fonts here, Dark Courier and Courier 10 BT.  They are infinitely better to view than Courier New, IMO.

I really do like Dina!
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« Reply #30 on: April 20, 2006, 05:50:18 PM »

Lucida Console. Tried Proggy (like the Square). Tried Dina. Tried Pragmata. Tried the egregiously anti-aliased Bitstream Vera Sans. Nothing beats Lucida Console, not even Lucida Typewriter.
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« Reply #31 on: May 04, 2006, 02:07:10 PM »

Consolas is here:

http://www.microsoft.com/...ab68d3&DisplayLang=en


It says you need Visual Studio 2005, but it works fine for me without having VS.
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« Reply #32 on: May 04, 2006, 05:25:24 PM »

It says you need Visual Studio 2005, but it works fine for me without having VS.
You gave me some false hopes... The instalation didn't finish because i don't have VS installed.. Cry
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« Reply #33 on: May 04, 2006, 06:04:32 PM »

Just download Visual Studio Express (free) and then try installing.
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« Reply #34 on: May 07, 2006, 02:01:28 PM »

For font viewing and comparisons, I've never found anything to beat X-Fonter from Black Sun Software. (screenshots) They're currently at version 5.5 with v6 in beta, and they've been around for years.

If you want to play with it without using a trial version, the last free version is here (a great site that has a boatload of various "last freeware version" packages). Thmbsup
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« Reply #35 on: May 07, 2006, 02:15:52 PM »

What about Cfont Pro smiley
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« Reply #36 on: June 11, 2007, 05:17:32 PM »

I liked the "Lava mono" best, where do I get it? I need it in Greek..
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« Reply #37 on: June 21, 2007, 09:37:10 AM »

anyone please ??
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« Reply #38 on: June 21, 2007, 11:37:23 AM »

I liked the "Lava mono" best, where do I get it? I need it in Greek..

I don't think you'll get what you need - apparently the Lava Mono font was created by Nathan Sweet (http://www.n4te.com) by tweaking Vera Mono (see the last message on http://typographi.com/000744.php).

You can get what he's done at http://www.n4te.com/tools/LavaMono9.fon, but it's a 9-point bitmap font (so it doesn't scale well).  I have no idea if it has Greek characters.

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« Reply #39 on: September 13, 2007, 06:16:20 AM »

Courier New 9pt ftw..

I've started using Consolas, not bad..
Check out Using Consolas as the Windows Console Font from Scott Hanselman's Computer Zen site/blog/thing.
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« Reply #40 on: September 13, 2007, 06:25:34 AM »

Dina ftw - nothing else. The image on Hanselman's site showing Consolas, ick... I can't stand that smudgy anti-aliasing >_<
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« Reply #41 on: September 13, 2007, 07:32:25 AM »

i use Dina myself -- if you like keeping your fonts small so you can see the most lines of code, then 8pt Dina is wonderful.

Consolas at 10pt beats Dina at 10pt in my opinion, but Dina at 8pt is the best bang for the buck for me.
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« Reply #42 on: September 13, 2007, 07:53:04 AM »

Dina is pretty sweet, but not my style..   smiley

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Consolas Cody

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edit: don't the below just look sexy?

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« Reply #43 on: September 13, 2007, 08:05:57 AM »

Courier New 9pt ftw..

I've started using Consolas, not bad..
Check out Using Consolas as the Windows Console Font from Scott Hanselman's Computer Zen site/blog/thing.

Download PowerPoint Viewer 2007. Candara, Consolas, Calibri, Cambria, Constantia and Corbel fonts come with it. Once installed, these fonts will become available for use on your system. You could remove (uninstall) the viewer afterwards.
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« Reply #44 on: September 13, 2007, 08:36:55 AM »

Here's a useful Font properties extension from Microsoft.

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This extension adds several new property tabs to this properties dialog box. These include information relating to font origination and copyright, the type sizes to which hinting and smoothing are applied, and the code pages supported by extended character sets.


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« Reply #45 on: February 02, 2008, 08:59:06 AM »

@Kalos
If you are still looking for a Greek monospaced font for your programming needs check out the open source DejaVu fonts.  They've extended the Bitstream family of fonts with Unicode characters for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic.

As for me, i've been using Lucida Console for a while now and been happy with it since the letter forms are so well done.  Lately i've been looking at fonts and have downloaded quite a few  -- the Bitsteam Vera Sans, DejaVu, and Liberation families (Serif, Sans & Mono) plus Proggy clean, Crisp, Dina, ProFont, Monaco, Anonymous, Inconsolata, Envy Code R, and Droid Sans Mono. 

For anyone looking for a new font, those last three fonts mentioned should draw some serious consideration. 
* Inconsolata is a free knockoff of MS's Consolas ClearType font.
* Droid was released only a couple months ago, but its one of the best mono fonts you'll find anywhere.
* Envy Code R is Damian Guard's first scalable font and looks like a Pragmata Killer.  If you want a good-looking scalable font that lets you pack more characters per line onto the screen AND the idea of saving 108 bucks appeals to you, check it out.

After viewing at the screenshot of Lucida Sans Typewriter I may have to get that one for comparison.
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« Reply #46 on: February 04, 2008, 09:10:59 AM »

harmonv: links, please! smiley
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« Reply #47 on: February 08, 2008, 07:51:59 AM »

Sorry for the delay fodder.  Here ya go...

Inconsolata. 
http://www.ghostscript.co.../myfonts/inconsolata.html
This one my even seduce Mouser away from Dina as it packs a lot of text on screen.

Droid Sans Mono.
http://damieng.com/blog/2...ns-mono-great-coding-font
Damien's blog has a great screen shot and link to the font.

Envy Code R
http://damieng.com/blog/2...ith-visual-studio-italics
Check out his Humane theme for visual studio.  The color scheme is very easy to look at for hours.
I've been using very similar colors after doing some digging into what colors enhance readability.

Again my apology for take 4 days to reply.
Take care,
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« Reply #48 on: February 08, 2008, 08:13:05 AM »

Nice finds harmonv..
Inconsolata looks particularly nice to my eyes.

But for 8pt programming, i still say nothing beats Dina.
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« Reply #49 on: February 08, 2008, 08:28:01 AM »

Humm, playing a bit with Inconsolatas. It gets way too smudgy when any kind of font smoothing is on (cleartype or not). At 12pt, the l (lowercase L) is too big/fat/wide compared to the rest of the characters, and 10pt it's a bit too small. Other sizes don't work very well (it scales like crap, although font smoothing makes that less appearant). And for some reason, Incosolatas doesn't show up in Notepad++, so I was forced to test it in notepad :-s

Droid Sans Mono seems to be okay, but at 10pt and a 768px-height Notepad++ window, I lose 6 lines of text compared to 10pt Dina. Also, Italic text with Droid is a bit smudgy compared to Dina's �ber-crispness.

Same with Envy Code R, it doesn't work very well at 10pt, some characters are a bit too thin and some a bit too heavy, and I again lose around 6 lines of text.

It should be noted that I use "standard" font smoothing and not cleartype, cleartype is so smudgy and I simply can't stand it, means more strain on my wacko eyes, which is kinda the opposite as to what cleartype is supposed to do? smiley. And I work at 10pt not 8pt, I guess my eyesight is going bad...

Simply haven't found any font that works as well as Dina for coding and other monospace use.

Thanks for the links, though smiley
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