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    Where can you get Lucida Grande font?

    I read somewhere that Mac OS X uses the Lucida Grande font - does anyone know how/where to obtain this font for Ubuntu?

    I downloaded these fonts and these fonts but Lucida Grande was not in them.

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    Re: Where can you get Lucida Grande font?

    Quote Originally Posted by zcox
    I read somewhere that Mac OS X uses the Lucida Grande font - does anyone know how/where to obtain this font for Ubuntu?

    I downloaded these fonts and these fonts but Lucida Grande was not in them.
    How about this link:
    http://www.tcmagazine.info/forums/in...?showtopic=175
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    Re: Where can you get Lucida Grande font?

    Quote Originally Posted by p!=f
    Awesome, thanks p you rock! Google wasn't cooperating with me this morning...

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    Re: Where can you get Lucida Grande font?

    it's included in the Milk-.0 (not sure about 2.1) theme and I think I put it in the BBX-Mercury-L gtk theme as well.

    I found the mac fonts in this pkg nice
    http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/12670629/

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    Re: Where can you get Lucida Grande font?

    I honestly can't find the licensing information right now, but remember that fonts, like software, movies, music, etc. are copyrighted. I'm betting that most of you can't tell the difference between 10pt. Lucida Grande, Verdana, or Bitstream Vera Sans. Go on, give Bitstream Vera Sans a look. Not only is it available free as in beer, it's already on your Ubuntu/Kubuntu system. There are differences, yes, but unless you're a typography expert, you'll probably not care overly much.

    EDIT: I seem to recall (I don't have it installed on this machine, sorry) that Adobe Acrobat Reader "ships" with Myriad, which is also similar. Come to think of it, IIRC this is what Apple uses on the iPod and on their product packaging. This may also be the typeface that Wal-Mart has adopted as their look.

    EDIT #2: If you still dual-boot, Lucida Sans is quite similar, though Grande has more ligatures. myfonts.com reveals a number of variations on Lucida Sans from various design houses ranging from $20-$200 (note: upper number comes from Lucida collections). In particular, Linotype offers a Lucida Family package for $109 that includes Lucida Sans but not Lucida Grande.

    http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotype/packages/172672/

    I'm really not finding anything about Grande. That's weird.

    I am a little amused, however, that it's taken this long for Lucida to catch on--the family has been around for around 21 years.

    EDIT #3: If you have Windows installed, you should have Lucida Sans, which is an older typeface and is almost identical--just some extra ligatures. At 13pt (the Apple HIG guidelines say 13pt iirc) they look about the same.

    just pointing all this out mainly to keep the discussion legal. 'no warez' and all that.
    Last edited by regeya; September 21st, 2006 at 05:13 PM. Reason: Mentioning Lucida Sans

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    Re: Where can you get Lucida Grande font?

    Also, the Lucida Grande fonts you find on the net don't include bold typefaces (and of course have a questionable legal status).
    You might want to look into B&H Luxi Sans:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install ttf-xfree86-nonfree
    Get the Still Life icon set now!

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    Re: Where can you get Lucida Grande font?

    http://www.osx-e.com/downloads/misc/macfonts.html

    unzip,
    copy in usr/share/fonts

    than
    fc-cache -vf

    logout/login.

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    Re: Where can you get Lucida Grande font?

    Quote Originally Posted by regeya View Post
    I'm betting that most of you can't tell the difference between 10pt. Lucida Grande, Verdana, or Bitstream Vera Sans.
    That came off as a bit condescending...it's pretty easy to tell. If not in very solid terms, at a qualitative "it's ugly" level...

    My issue with Linux font rendering is the sub-pixel anti-aliasing, or the lack of use thereof...I don't understand why there is such reliance on single-pixel-line fonts in Windows and Linux. I might be conflating two issues though. Anyway, what makes things look nice (and truly WYSIWYG) in Mac OSX is that when you get to normal font sizes (below 14 or so) the font doesn't change on-screen to being drawn with single pixel lines. You still get thick, anti-aliased font lines that are easier to read and look the same on-screen as they would in a print preview or on paper.

    I think if you have a Mac then fair use of the fonts should apply, though obviously I imagine the "license" restricts you to using the fonts only on a Mac. But the simple answer to not having to download the fonts is to buy Mac OSX and copy the fonts... (you can do that right? haven't tried...)

    and then, I'm not sure what the Cleartype patches are for/whether they are required, but it seems those have been removed from the 'net...

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    Re: Where can you get Lucida Grande font?

    I installed alot of these fonts and it really slowed my system. For screen fonts I really like using BPG Georgian, Lucida Grande makes a good title font.
    Last edited by Gen2ly; December 7th, 2006 at 07:02 AM.

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    Re: Where can you get Lucida Grande font?

    I was looking for LucidaGrande and "googled" it and this post comes up #2 (wiki is number one). Anyway, I found an easy and legit way to "get it" via another post and thought I'd add it to this thread in case any other PC users are looking for it (it is a Mac font and is standard on Macs).
    Just download and install the Safari browser!
    The added benefit is that if you are a amateur web designer like me and you want to see how your website displays in browsers other than IE (ugghhh) and FireFox (yeah!), you can now check it in Safari too. And it always a good idea to check your website in as many different browsers as you can.

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