illmidus
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I made a font with improved readability - it's yours to use! :)

07 Nov 2018, 16:50

Hi there! :mrgreen:

Actually, I created not one, but two fonts - each with somewhat different look - but both with one similar goal; ultra readability!

Here they are! :)

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1. Original font - I couldn't find all the characters in an example image I found, that is why there are gray boxes
2. Max readability - somewhat boring but classic look
3. Stylish - easy to read with a bit of pizzazz to it


My fonts fixes the following:

- Thinner font, letters like M, W and Y look more uniform
- Coherent upper case style - compare the N and M letters.
- Less "blockyness", less risk of misreading characters like S and 5, A and R, G and 6, Z and 2.
- Numbers are thinner than letters
- High readability on CRT screens
- Improved positioning within chars
- Thinner underscore ( _ )
- Support for japanese romaji Hepburn style characters; ou = ō and uu = ū
- Lower case font for future use
- A bunch of misc extra chars - if any are missing, let me know!

Suggestion; trim the selection bar a bit too so it won't obfuscate the text above and below. See my examples below!


So, how do they look when used? Here are some examples:

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^ This last example uses the japanese characters as well

I hope you guys like it, and as I mentioned in the title, this font is absolutely free to use. I made it because I really love this amazing device and I want to see it improved even more! :)

Here is the raw font without background or scaling:

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SavagePencil
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Re: I made a font with improved readability - it's yours to use! :)

07 Nov 2018, 17:36

Nice work! I prefer max readable with upper and lowercase. Now if only they’ll update the menu navigation...

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Re: I made a font with improved readability - it's yours to use! :)

07 Nov 2018, 18:22

I like it!

The readability of the stock font has always been something that I thought could be improved on.
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Endprodukt
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Re: I made a font with improved readability - it's yours to use! :)

07 Nov 2018, 22:40

Very nice. Excuse my ignorance but how do we get these?

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Mobiusstriptech
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Re: I made a font with improved readability - it's yours to use! :)

08 Nov 2018, 01:02

While I like the max readability, I would personally go for the one can dream don't. Give it a bit of flair and much easier to read.

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Re: I made a font with improved readability - it's yours to use! :)

08 Nov 2018, 12:24

That font looks nice. I'll try to add it to ssds3. IIRC, the game names are always in uppercase (as it's easier for sorting) but I guess that can be changed if we have a font with lowercase.

Here is the font curently used in ssds3. For the next firmware, I plan on adding some additional icons (for hucard and cd, and probably for favorites)
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illmidus
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Re: I made a font with improved readability - it's yours to use! :)

09 Nov 2018, 11:40

Thank you so much for your comments, everyone! :)

Endprodukt; The font is a regular bitmap font. To use it with SSDS3, the devs will have to put it into an update. Judging by neodev's comment, that might actually happen! :shock: Wee! :D

Neodev; I updated the fonts to match your layout, and I included three (five) new icons; one hucard, two CDs, one star-mark and one heart. Hope you like them! :)


First up, the stylish font:

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And max readable:

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09 Nov 2018, 21:57

Very nice of you to do this!
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Re: I made a font with improved readability - it's yours to use! :)

29 Jan 2019, 03:43

Please update the SSDS3 firmware with these fonts. I just got my SSDS3 today and it is borderline unusable because it is impossible to read the current font. I am not even exaggerating. Also please implement the lowercase letters too.

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29 Jan 2019, 20:09

the Goat wrote:
29 Jan 2019, 03:43
Please update the SSDS3 firmware with these fonts. I just got my SSDS3 today and it is borderline unusable because it is impossible to read the current font. I am not even exaggerating. Also please implement the lowercase letters too.
I concur. The current font is too wide, plus the color, especially on a CRT its very tough to read.

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