Monotype Announces the Commercial Launch of its Typecast Web Design
Typecast Brings Precise Typographic Control to Website Design
WOBURN, Mass. -- January 30, 2013
Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: TYPE), a leading provider of
typefaces, technology and expertise for creative applications and consumer
devices, has announced the commercial launch of its Typecast™ application, a
browser-based tool for designing Web pages with Web fonts.
The Typecast application launches commercially after a year and a half in
private and public beta programs, bringing the design community a tool that
helps to save time and create better quality Web typography.
“Good typography is transforming the Web, and the engine behind that is Web
fonts,” said Chris Roberts, vice president and general manager of Monotype’s
e-commerce group. “With Typecast, designers now have a simple yet powerful
design tool that opens up a whole new level of productivity and creative
expression. We’re very excited that it’s now part of our complete Web font
“The Typecast application simply takes the pain out of working with Web
fonts,” said Paul McKeever, director of Typecast. “We’ve simplified workflow
to bring joy to Web design and allow designers to spend more time on creative
experimentation. They can iterate as quickly as they ideate and more easily
create accessible, readable content for any sized screen on any device.”
Web designers are able to combine, compare and style Web fonts quickly without
performing screen captures in third-party applications or through hand coding.
Users can visually style text directly within the browser, which offers more
scope for creative experimentation, better typographic control and a
simplified workflow. As designers work, Typecast software generates
production-ready HTML and CSS code behind the scenes. When designers are ready
to start building their sites, they can export that HTML and CSS, plus
generate embedded code that will serve their project’s typefaces to their
Designers can set styles such as font size, line spacing and coloring, and
also apply OpenType® features such as ligatures, small caps, fractions, lining
and old style figures, and swash characters. Designers are able to try fonts
on real, full-length project content, not just short snippets. Using
side-by-side comparison and testing, designers can see at a glance what’s
working and what’s not. Styles can be adjusted across entire projects with
just a few clicks.
The Typecast application is available at four subscription levels, each with
monthly, yearly and tri-yearly billing options. Prices start at $29 per month
for an individual plan, and all plans include a free standard subscription to
Fonts.com Web Fonts worth $10 per month, enabling Typecast subscribers to use
more than 20,000 Web fonts on their live sites. The Typecast application is
available as a free trial for 14 days.
The Typecast application allows designers to experiment with fonts from
Typekit®, Fontdeck®, Webtype® and Google® Web Fonts as well as Monotype’s
Fonts.com Web Fonts, which features thousands of typefaces, including timeless
classics such as the Trade Gothic®, Avenir® and ITC Avant Garde Gothic®
families, as well as cutting-edge designs and hand-tuned fonts.
Further information about the Typecast application, including a video that
details the product, is available at http://typecast.com, where visitors can
also view customer videos from Happy Cog, one of the world’s most respected
design agencies, and international publishing company Condé Nast, which used
Typecast to redesign vogue.co.uk.
A public beta program for Typecast began one week prior to Monotype’s Oct. 30,
2012 acquisition of Design by Front Limited, the company behind the Typecast
application. The product continues to be developed from Belfast, Northern
Ireland, where Monotype now holds an office.
Monotype is a leading global provider of typefaces, technology and expertise
that enable the best user experience and ensure brand integrity. Based in
Woburn, Mass., Monotype provides customers worldwide with typeface solutions
for a broad range of creative applications and consumer devices. The company’s
library and e-commerce sites are home to many of the most widely used
typefaces – including the Helvetica®, Frutiger® and Univers® families – as
well as the next generation of type designs. Further information is available
Monotype, Helvetica, Frutiger, Avenir and Trade Gothic are trademarks of
Monotype Imaging Inc. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and
may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Typecast is a trademark of
Monotype Imaging Inc. Univers is a trademark of Linotype GmbH registered in
the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain
jurisdictions. ITC Avant Garde Gothic is a trademark of Monotype ITC Inc.
registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in
certain jurisdictions. OpenType is either a registered trademark or trademark
of Microsoft Corp. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Typekit is either a
registered trademark or trademark of Adobe Systems Inc. in the U.S. and/or
other countries. Fontdeck is a registered trademark of Clearleft Ltd. Google
is a registered trademark of Google Inc. All other trademarks are the property
of their respective owners. © 2013 Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. All rights
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