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Thread: how can i install beautiful fonts (helvetica, etc) onto my computer?

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    how can i install beautiful fonts (helvetica, etc) onto my computer?

    Hello,

    We would like to download for free beautiful fonts being used online, such as Helvetica. What's the best way to install these fonts? And is there one package that contains a set of beautiful ones all together?

    My Gimp application has just mostly ugly fonts.

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    Re: how can i install beautiful fonts (helvetica, etc) onto my computer?

    If your fonts is a pure font file (not an installer), place it in /usr/share/fonts if you want the font to be available to all users, or in a folder named .fonts in your home directory if you want only you to use it.

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    Re: how can i install beautiful fonts (helvetica, etc) onto my computer?

    I believe Helvetica is an MS font, and you can install it from Synaptic:

    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Fonts

    You can download fonts all over the web.

    When you find something you like, download it and follow the steps under "Manual".

    I keep mine in /usr/share/fonts

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    Re: how can i install beautiful fonts (helvetica, etc) onto my computer?

    QIII and zombifier25, thanks. installed ttf-mscorefonts-installer package.

    But I still don't see Helvetica in list of fonts within Inkscape (fresh start)
    sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    Note, selecting 'ttf-mscorefonts-installer' instead of 'msttcorefonts'
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
    ttf-mscorefonts-installer
    0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 4 not upgraded.
    Need to get 34.9 kB of archives.
    After this operation, 221 kB of additional disk space will be used.
    Get:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty/multiverse ttf-mscorefonts-installer all 3.3ubuntu3 [34.9 kB]
    Fetched 34.9 kB in 2s (12.9 kB/s)
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    Selecting previously deselected package ttf-mscorefonts-installer.
    (Reading database ... 162327 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking ttf-mscorefonts-installer (from .../ttf-mscorefonts-installer_3.3ubuntu3_all.deb) ...
    Processing triggers for fontconfig ...
    Setting up ttf-mscorefonts-installer (3.3ubuntu3) ...

    These fonts were provided by Microsoft "in the interest of cross-
    platform compatibility". This is no longer the case, but they are
    still available from third parties.

    You are free to download these fonts and use them for your own use,
    but you may not redistribute them in modified form, including changes
    to the file name or packaging format.

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    --2012-04-17 00:06:34-- http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/comic32.exe
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    --2012-04-17 00:06:38-- http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/courie32.exe
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    --2012-04-17 00:06:52-- http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/impact32.exe
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    trebuc32.exe: library not compiled to support large files.
    Extracting cabinet: trebuc32.exe
    extracting FONTINST.EXE
    extracting trebuc.ttf
    extracting Trebucbd.ttf
    extracting trebucbi.ttf
    extracting trebucit.ttf
    extracting fontinst.inf

    All done, no errors.
    verdan32.exe: OK
    verdan32.exe: library not compiled to support large files.
    Extracting cabinet: verdan32.exe
    extracting fontinst.exe
    extracting fontinst.inf
    extracting Verdanab.TTF
    extracting Verdanai.TTF
    extracting Verdanaz.TTF
    extracting Verdana.TTF

    All done, no errors.
    webdin32.exe: OK
    webdin32.exe: library not compiled to support large files.
    Extracting cabinet: webdin32.exe
    extracting fontinst.exe
    extracting Webdings.TTF
    extracting fontinst.inf
    extracting Licen.TXT

    All done, no errors.
    All fonts downloaded and installed.
    Updating fontconfig cache for /usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts
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    Re: how can i install beautiful fonts (helvetica, etc) onto my computer?

    Helvetica is not a Microsoft font. At least not anymore.

    http://www.microsoft.com/typography/fonts/default.aspx

    You have Arial which is as close to Helvetica as you will probably get.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helvetica

    Monotype's Arial, designed in 1982, while different from Helvetica in some few details, has identical character widths, and is indistinguishable by most non-specialists. The characters C, G, R, Q, 1, a, e, r, and t are useful for quickly distinguishing Arial and Helvetica
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    Re: how can i install beautiful fonts (helvetica, etc) onto my computer?

    I see. Are there other beautiful fonts. We plan on making a nice logo, and the font will be a major part.

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    Find a font you like and use it.
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    Re: how can i install beautiful fonts (helvetica, etc) onto my computer?

    Many of the best fonts used in print typography are proprietary and expensive. ITC is a well-known font foundry that might meet your needs. If you're designing a logo for your company, especially one that will appear in print like on letterhead and the like, I strongly recommend meeting with a professional designer and seeing what it would cost to have a logo designed. Back when I started a company in the mid-90's we spent about $3,000 to get a logo designed and stationery and business cards printed. They used a proprietary font as well.

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    Re: how can i install beautiful fonts (helvetica, etc) onto my computer?

    Quote Originally Posted by hanzj View Post
    Hello,

    We would like to download for free beautiful fonts being used online, such as Helvetica. What's the best way to install these fonts? And is there one package that contains a set of beautiful ones all together?

    My Gimp application has just mostly ugly fonts.
    You can use the Synaptic Package Manager to download the "texlive-fonts-recommended" package. It includes, inter alia, Helvetica and my personal candidate for most beautiful font, Palatino.

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    Re: how can i install beautiful fonts (helvetica, etc) onto my computer?

    Wow. 214 MB to get texlive-fonts-recommended.

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