Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th May 2014 11:02 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces

My love of typography originated in the 80's with the golden years of 8-bit home computing and their 8x8 pixel monospaced fonts on low-resolution displays.

It's quite easy to find bitmap copies of these fonts and also scalable traced TTF versions but there's very little discussion about the fonts themselves. Let's remedy that by firing up some emulators and investigating the glyphs.

I've been looking at a lot of these 8bit fonts because of recent emulation efforts. I'd like to throw Visi On's fonts into the fray, too.

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RE: Comment by mrAmiga500
by Earl Colby pottinger on Fri 30th May 2014 17:16 UTC in reply to "Comment by mrAmiga500"
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I liked the better bitmapped fonts on the Amiga too. Of-course many were horrible too.

When the font was matched to the need and resolution of the screen they could be very clear to read.

I don't remember the name of the font, but there was one that was 10 pixels wide that made for good reading when on a BBS. Since it gave 64 characters per line it was a good match to most BBSs that always printing 40 or 64 columns per line.

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RE[2]: Comment by mrAmiga500
by mrAmiga500 on Fri 30th May 2014 19:07 in reply to "RE: Comment by mrAmiga500"
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Well the reason I made so many fonts on the Amiga was because most of the available ones were crap. The original Topaz in WB 1.x was fine. I still don't understand why they later modified it and made it so ugly in WB 2.0.

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Earl Colby pottinger Member since:

I would not say most were bad. Maybe 50%, what could be affecting my judgement is until the 24 pin dot matrix printer came along offering 216 DPI most fonts always looked better on the screen than on paper.

On the other hand Amiga's Colour Fonts made a big impact of TV titling.

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