by Alan Zisman (c)
1993. First published
in Our Computer Player, February 19, 1993
Fonts just seem to be everywhere.
In the dark ages (i.e. before the release of Windows
3.0 in 1990), it
seemed like PC users could have any font and size they wanted, as long
it was Courier 10 pt... and were forced to drool with envy at their
friends or co-workers with Macs for their fancy output.
Yes... you theoretically could install softfonts with
like Word Perfect, but hardly anyone did. The fonts took forever to
install, took up tons of hard disk, and would only work with a single
application. Besides, you couldn't see what they'd look like on screen,
without switching to an uneditable preview mode.
The mass acceptance of Windows has ended that. The
graphics user interface
meant that you could see your font and size on screen while you worked.
And any font you installed was available to all your applications.
all your Windows applications anyway. And with the emergence of
fonts and font managers, you didn't need to install separate screen
printer fonts, all at a bunch of different sizes. (Yes, I hear all
Mac users chuckling at PC folks finally getting abilities that you've
The Windows 3.0 era was marked by a range of competing
3rd party font
managers, with Adobe Type Manager (ATM) getting most of the market.
3.1, however, came with a scalable font manager, TrueType (TT), built
(just like System 7 on the Mac, but faster). The last year has
explosion of font packages, mostly in the TrueType format, driving
prices.With TrueType established as THE STANDARD, the pressure is on
other companies to somehow distinguish themselves from the crowd...
that their's is not YET ANOTHER FONT PACKAGE (YAFP).
MicroLogic Software originally started out with a DOS
that gave softfont capabilities to DOS programs such as Word Perfect
Microsoft Word. When TrueType became the default, they were
able to make use of this experience to produce a number of products
merge their DOS experience with this new standard.
For example, the recently released TRUETYPE for DOS
($99 US list) permits
a user to use any TrueType font with the DOS versions of Word Perfect,
MS-Word, or MS-Works. While the 36 fonts included are okay, but dull,
package lets the user add special effects to these as well as any of
thousand or more TrueType fonts now avaible.
MOREFONTS for WINDOWS remains a proprietary font
manager. If that was
it was, it would seem like an anachronism, trying to hold out against
TrueType standard. Why get stuck with yet another font standard with
selection of fonts, and another font manager eating up memory and disk
space when TrueType is built into Windows? (Adobe Type Manager
special case, as Adobe Type 1 fonts are the standard in the high-end
publishing industry, and their are tens of thousands of Type 1 fonts
MOREFONTS provides the same range of special effects
as the other MicroLogic
products. You can start with any of the included fonts, and customize
by adding a pattern (horizontal lines, stars, etc), an outline, a
and a background, and save the result as a new font. The biggest
market for this product, however, is with users of Word Perfect for
WP-WIN lets you use a standard WP-DOS printer driver
in place of the
Windows printer drivers. This can be useful for a number of reasons:
-- Word Perfect supports a vast range of printers, far more than
-- the Word Perfect printer drivers print faster than the Windows
-- users of both the DOS and Windows versions can be assured of
output by using the same drivers.
-- Word Perfect supports an enormous character set. These special
are only available by using the Word Perfect printer drivers.
However, use of the Word Perfect printer drivers cuts users off from
TrueType, Adobe Type 1 or other fonts available to users of the Windows
printer drivers. Up to now, Word Perfect for Windows users had to
between their Windows fonts, or the advantages of sticking with Word
MOREFONTS builds on MicroLogic's experience using
fonts with Word Perfect
(DOS). This Windows package lets you use its fonts with Word Perfect
Windows' special printer drivers. As well, when it is installed, ATM,
TrueType, and Bitstream FaceLift fonts can also be used with these
drivers. This $149 (US list) package solves the dilemma for Word
But you use Windows but don't use Word Perfect
for Windows. MicroLogic
isn't about to lose you as a potential customer. It took the special
effects from TRUETYPE for DOS or MOREFONTS and has packaged it as a
alone product, TRUE EFFECTS for WINDOWS at a likeable $59 US list.
TRUE EFFECTS lets you customize any installed TrueType
smae range of patterns, outlines, shadows, and backgrounds available
the other products to the fonts you already own. Other products, such
Bitstream's MAKEUP, let you add special effects to fonts. With these
products, however, you type out your desired characters (a headline
logo, for example), and customize the letters. The result is saved
graphic that can be pasted into a document from your word processor
TRUE EFFECTS works differently. Here, you simply
choose a font, and
the desired effects. )There are about 50,000 possible combinations).
You see the results on-screen as you work. When you're
satisfied, you can install your creation as a new font. That means
you can use it as you would any other font... in any of your Windows
applications, not just as a single headline, but any other time you
the same effect, all without opening another application, as you would
with MAEKUP or Adobe TYPE ALIGN.
Like MOREFONTS for WINDOWS, TRUE EFFECTS lets you use
its output with
Word Perfect for Windows' special printer drivers.
Both products have slim system requirements. TRUE
EFFECTS takes a paltry
500k of hard disk space, and even with its collection of 28 fonts,
MOREFONTS takes a reasonable 1.2 meg of space. Their manuals are slim
well; less than 20 pages each excluding a catalogue of extra fonts
order. This brevity is refreshing... these programs do what they claim
and that's all.
The MOREFONTS documentation has a nice feature I wish
more Windows software
producers would emulate; it has a page discussing how to remove the
what files are placed in your \Windows and \Windows\System directories.
Unfortunately, the TRUE EFFECTS documentation doesn't include this
By building on their experience working with Word
Perfect under DOS,
MicroLogic has avoided producing Yet Another Font Package. They have
modestly avoided trying to appeal to all people; MOREFONTS for
WINDOWS is primarily of interest to Word Perfect for Windows users.
TRUE EFFECTS may have a wider market, while limiting itself to special
effects generation at an affordable price.
MOREFONTS for WINDOWS
list price $149.95 (US)
TRUE EFFECTS for WINDOWS
list price $59.95 (US)
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