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looks like a pretty straight-forward answer to me . . in the big bad world it's called making a living  :D

maybe. There are also payments to affiliates at the rate of 60% (1st 2 months) or 40% (thereafter). So only approx half the money from customers arriving from many sites goes to the living. And I'm sure Mouser hasn't signed up for here, and I've not seen a discount mentioned either, so buyers from here might be paying twice as much to the living as buyers from elsewhere. Maybe the scanahand discount will work.
Mouser could sign up as an affiliate, but you'll still pay full price that way.

Because it is no longer free.

We started asking a fee at the end of April.
That's not an answer, that is just an other way of asking my question.

Are you seriously interested in the way we run our business, or did you ask your question out of frustration because you missed the opportunity to get the font for free?

If it is the first, then please ask a more concrete question and I will do my best to give you a more detailed answer.

If it is the last, then IHO my answer was a good answer and remains the same.

Because it is no longer free.

We started asking a fee at the end of April.

Just a short message to say today (January 23) it's National Handwriting Day  :-*

So grab a pen and go make your own handwriting font.

Your handwriting seems to look better than mine  :)

No, we don't have exactly what you need, although it might come close.

A week ago I already told you we can develop such sdk. You then told me it costs more than you are willing to pay, so I suggest you just place a link on your site to our service.

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Scanahand RC1 Released
« on: October 29, 2008, 09:32 AM »
It is hidden at the bottom of the download page:

Because this new version is free for all existing customers of Scanahand, we encourage all users to download and install this new version over the existing installation. Your license for the Basic Edition will automatically become a license for the Standard Edition.

So you have a license for Scanahand version 1 Basic Edition that will be accepted as a license for Scanahand 2 Standard Edition. Don't ask me why I decided to change the name of the edition...

If you want to generate Symbol fonts, or want to use your own templates, you need to buy an upgrade to the Premium Edition. The upgrade costs $35.00, but for the next couple of weeks it costs only $20.00 and can be ordered from here:

Enjoy the software!

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Scanahand RC1 Released
« on: October 29, 2008, 08:26 AM »
Scanahand 2.0 is now available!

Multi-page support and a template editor are the main improvements. You can now create fonts that support English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Basque, Estonian, Faeroese, Frisian, Irish, Galician, Hungarian, Icelandic, Albanian, and Esperanto. Even better, the added Template Editor allows you to create custom templates, each containing a user defined set of characters. The template editor is available in both editions, but you need the Premium Edition in order to generate a font based on a custom template.


For more information go to the Scanahand product page.

I did respond to your emails, probably ended up in your SPAM box. The font you generated is not as good as you might hope, as it seems you accidentally placed the filled-in template into the scanner, upside-down. Also the top and bottom are cut off. Both these issues should be resolved to get a good working font.

You live just a little too far away from me to personally give you your font, but I'll send you another message in a minute :)

You can now preview your generated font with custom text, thus even before downloading and installing the font, you know that it looks great (or not).


This will be the last enhancement for a while. Enjoy!

General Software Discussion / Re: Font managers reviews and opinions
« on: September 09, 2008, 06:03 AM »
It's obvious I recommend MainType, especially with the 50% discount here at DC.  ;D

But I'm positive other people might prefer another font manager. Although not all font managers have equal features, some people just need a basic font management utility to preview and install fonts. Others need more advanced features like full Unicode support, filtering, duplicate detection, drag and drop, real time font synchronization with Windows, or an auto activate plugin for Adobe Indesign. No font manager has all these features, so do some research and try a couple and then decide what best fits your needs.

In my opinion there are two things a font manager must do:
- It must support at least TrueType and OpenType fonts (some font managers fail)
- It must be stable (don't use Beta software)

I never was sure about making it a paid or free service. I might turn it into a paid service in a year or two, but I'm not sure yet. If it proofs to be a nice way to get people into making their own fonts (read: people buying FontCreator) then I might leave it free. I'm in no hurry and giving away things for free doesn't make me feel bad.

The bad news: the beta period is over, so the coupon is no longer valid.

The good news: I've turned into a free online font generation service. This way a lot of people get the chance to make their own personal fonts. At least people who have a computer, printer and scanner and know how to use a pen. Maybe a couple of them decide to further improve their fonts with FontCreator.

If you happen to know someone who would love to make a font based on his or her handwriting, do let them know. Thanks!

For those with a Tablet PC, there's apparently a free software from microsoft to do the same thing. I haven't tried it, but it might be a decent alternative...
I haven't tried it either, but I've seen some fonts generated with it. It looks like it does the same thing, but the quality of the generated fonts is by far not the same.

You can find a font made with "My Font Tool" from here:

Then do generate a font with and open both fonts in FontCreator to see the differences. You'll see it when you open a couple of glyphs in point mode...

Most likely your web server has cached an old version of one (or more) of the JavaScript files.
I don't have a web server -- do you mean a browser? ;)

Yes, I meant Web browser ;D

All ctrl-F5 gets me is the textfields to start an upload from scratch. This is with Firefox 2, but that's what I've been using all along with success. I even cleared the browser cache, but as I'm typing this I've still been on the 40-second stage for about 10 minutes now.

I have FireFox 3, so I'm not able to test the site with FF2 right now. But I do know the site has processed all requests, so your browser is waiting for something that will never happen :huh:

When I switched to IE7, it worked flawlessly. YourFonts seems bulletproof with IE, even with irregular input.

That's good to know!

Erwin, if the recognition process fails or crashes, does that mean everything's shut down until it can be reset? I tried a test and I just ended up sitting at the "~40 seconds" part of the process. After that, even ones that worked before failed silently also after uploading. I did try the website in another window (tab) and it stayed responsive for everything else.

I've seen this happening as well. Most likely your web server has cached an old version of one (or more) of the JavaScript files. A forced refresh (CTRL-F5) while on the upload page should do the trick. FYI the server has processed all request. Do let me know the name of the file, font, or copyright text and I'll be able to give you more details, or even send you the generated font file.

No problem -- those things happen. I think you've got it nailed, at least for normal operation! The only thing I noticed is that while there are links at the bottom of each "step" page to supplement the ones in the column on the right, there's no such link at the bottom of step 6 to take you to the step 7 instructions (Install & Use). A minor point, but it may leave some people stuck if they're only using the page-bottom links.

Good point! I've added the missing link to step 7. Thanks!

Glad to help! Thank you, too, for the nice new font. :)  Now that everything works while I'm being nice to the site, shall I try to break it for a little while by feeding it silly or incorrect stuff? I know that's normally done in testing, but I still thought I should ask first so you're prepared for nonstandard input.

Sure do give it a shot. I'm about to remove "BETA" from the logo, so now is the best time to make sure it's stable and robust ;-)

I got an error but I'm not sure what it might be related to.

It was due to a typo on my side, sorry  :-[

But do keep in mind Windows might be confused if you name your font '@@' or ''''.
I might get confused too if I do that.  ;)

There are people that will be curious enough to give it a try, I'm sure ;-) Maybe I'll try it myself...

Great! Do give FontCreator a try and let me know if you like it!
I'm off to download it now. Scanahand sounds interesting too! Guess it uses the same basic engine as YourFonts, huh?

That's correct, it all started with Scanahand. And now Scanahand is getting improved due to all response I received during the beta of I'm surprised how much valuable information is has given me. So thanks again for testing!

That's great to hear! (Both.) Please post a note here once you make progress with the (c) symbol and I'll give it another shot.

Well do give it another try, as it should now be possible to name the font the way you like. But do keep in mind Windows might be confused if you name your font '@@' or ''''.

Interesting! I was just going by the TTF filename extension. I hope that doesn't make it harder to find an editor that'll let me tweak the results. I'll read the page you linked and see what I can learn.

Great! Do give FontCreator a try and let me know if you like it!


I just tried one. (Very cool service BTW!) I ran into 3 main problems.

Thanks Cavalcader for this most valuable feedback :Thmbsup: Several users reported the issues you mentioned, but unfortunately again and again without enough information for me to reproduce and fix the bugs. Your post allowed me to make the online service even more rock solid! I still need to find a way to allow people to use the copyright symbol, but that's just a matter of time ;-)

  • On a related note, I don't think I saw anywhere on the website that the font is created in TrueType format. I could be wrong, though, because I'm just going by what I remember seeing.

Actually the generated font is an OpenType font with TrueType outlines. Not a fancy OpenType font that contains OpenType Layout Features, but still an OpenType font. This discussion gives more insight into the difference between TrueType and OpenType.

All in all, the font came out quite nice. I did use a 300 DPI PNG file, which came out to be about 1.5 megs, so it didn't take long to upload. I can see I have to work on the horizontal positioning of a few characters, so maybe version 2 of the web app would permit tweaking after recognition.  :)

That's not on the to-do list. So for now I suggest you either open your template in your favorite image editing software, and move the drawn characters up or down a bit, or use FontCreator to further improve your font.

The additional template page is now available. Please give it a try, and let me know if it works. If things are not obvious or can be improved, do let me know. Thanks!

The service is still in beta, so generate your fonts for free with this coupon:

I noticed that clicking on the Gallery link from the complete.html page gets me this:
  • Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING in C:\wamp\www\gallery.html on line 1
Oops, missed that one. Thanks for letting me know.

mouser, you suggestion might be something for a future release. Right now I want to keep the software as easy and simple as possible, as it is aimed at hobbyists. If more people  indicate such feature would be a great addition, then I'll certainly add it.

Thanks for letting me know, I guess I was a bit too optimistic  :-[ . I'll remove it from the list, as it is not possible to include the missing characters without adding another page, and that is out of scope right now.

The beta period is still going on. On the site the logo still shows a tiny "BETA".

I've made some changes to the list of additional characters:


With these additional characters, it should cover:
English, German, Dutch, French, Italian, Swedish, Czech, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, Basque, Estonian, Faeroese, Frisian, Irish, Galician, Hungarian, Icelandic, Albanian and Esperanto

Note: this additional template page is not available yet, I'll let you know as soon as it is available.

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