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bio website bitdepth.thomasrutter.com
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seen Nov 16 at 23:37

Web application developer well versed in Javascript, PHP, MySQL, Debian GNU/Linux, and stuff.

Creator of the Neon Javascript framework.


Oct
14
comment Point vs Pixel. What is the difference?
The answer says in traditional print technically 72pt is 0.996264 inches but this is an outdated and only somewhat accurate concept: in print, a point has standardised upon 1/72 of an inch for some time now, and anyone using otherwise would certainly be on the fringe. And prior to everyone moving to 1/72 inch, the standards were somewhat loose - yes there was a 72.27 points per inch standard at one stage, but it was never universally adopted as such. Go back further and you find people using anywhere from say 65 points per inch up to around 72.5 points per inch.
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Aug
26
comment Free alternatives to Impact
The author of this font also has fonts that look basically identical to lots of classic fonts like Clarendon, Frutiger, Rockwell, Eurostile, Trade Gothic, and lots more. It looks like he takes old fonts and creates new versions of them under an open license.
Aug
26
revised Free alternatives to Impact
added 6 characters in body
Aug
13
comment Alternative to Lorem Ipsum (dummy text) for websites
It is nonsensical. It takes random phrases from it and strings them together into sentences that do not make any sense and are not grammatically valid Latin.
Aug
10
awarded  Yearling
Jul
23
comment Why does Helvetica [Neue] look absolutely horrible in Illustrator?
It is possible to get clever and make a subpixel optimised image from Illustrator: export at 3 times the intended final output, then in Photoshop etc shift the red channel right one pixel and the blue channel left one pixel without altering canvas size, re-size to intended output size and voila. It won't have the filtering or hinting that on-screen text renderers have, though, so still won't look the same.
Jul
23
revised Is there a free 'Helvetica Neue' alternative?
added 68 characters in body
Jul
22
awarded  Good Answer
Jul
15
comment Is it legal to use copyrighted fonts without a license for non-profit projects?
@TomDworzanski in the US only, the design of the glyphs in a typeface is not copyrighted. However in many other countries it is. In the US you can in theory reproduce a typeface in a new font without infringing. However, it wouldn't be possible to make it "identical" without infringing, because making it identical would require referring to the original font file. What you can do is print the letters to paper, then make a font from those letters, in a clean-room situation (eg the designers of the new font don't refer to/have access to the old font).
Jul
8
comment Is there a free 'Helvetica Neue' alternative?
Note: Google in their infinite wisdom have decided to totally redesign Roboto as of July 2014 - among other things it no longer has the Helvetica-like "R", and other letters like the "g" and "e", "k" and "K" have a different design. As of now the version on Google web fonts is still the old version but that is unlikely to remain the case.
Jun
24
revised Is it acceptable to include portfolio items from adult-themed projects?
added 7 characters in body
Jun
1
awarded  Necromancer
May
2
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
17
comment Is there a free 'Helvetica Neue' alternative?
All very suspicious to me. Here is that same word in Adobe Helvetica for comparison. Seems dodgy to me.
Apr
17
awarded  Necromancer
Apr
16
comment Is there a free 'Helvetica Neue' alternative?
Link is now broken and I can't find an "official" looking link to replace it with.
Apr
16
revised Is there a free 'Helvetica Neue' alternative?
edited body
Mar
5
comment What is the style of font called that is typically used in newspaper mastheads?
Interestingly, blackletter writing fell out of favour hundreds of years ago pretty much everywhere except in Germany, where a form of it (Fraktur) was still highly popular well into the 20th century. Eventually the Nazi party phased it out. A sample from 1938 shows what we outside Germany may consider to be a centuries-old form of writing, but in Germany was in common (not even "trying to look old") use less than 100 years ago.
Mar
5
awarded  Nice Answer