Acquisition to Enhance Monotype's Web Font Offering and Bring Value to Web Designers
Monotype acquired all outstanding shares of the privately-held,
14-person firm based in
The acquisition is expected to enhance Monotype's product offering, add complementary skill sets to the company's creative expertise, and strengthen Monotype's growth businesses, particularly in Web font services.
"Typecast fits neatly into our strategy of adding IP that complements
our solutions and provides meaningful value to customers," said
"Good typography is essential for Web design. That's the fundamental
idea behind Typecast," said
Employees of the newly acquired company will continue to work from their
current locations, with the
Currently in public beta, Typecast enables Web designers 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 as well as a simplified workflow, thanks to Typecast's ability to generate production-ready HTML and CSS code behind the scenes, as designers work.
Web designers are also free to make various adjustments such as font size, line spacing and coloring, in addition to employing OpenType® features including ligatures, small caps, fractions, lining and old style figures, and swash characters. Designers can try fonts with all pieces of content, not just small snippets. Side-by-side comparison and testing allow users to see at a glance what's working and what's not. Styles can be adjusted across entire projects with just a few clicks.
Typecast will be offered alongside Monotype's Web font solution, combining high-quality Web fonts with Typecast's easy-to-use typographic design capabilities. Monotype's Fonts.com Web Fonts features thousands of typefaces, including timeless designs such as the Trade Gothic®, Avenir® and ITC Avant Garde Gothic® families, in addition to cutting-edge selections and hand-tuned fonts. Typecast customers, however, can continue using any Web font solution that Typecast supports, including the Fonts.com Web Fonts, Typekit®, Fontdeck® and Google® Web Fonts offerings.
Typecast represents the latest innovation in Monotype's portfolio of products aimed at enhancing productivity and creative expression for today's graphics professionals. Last month, Monotype announced its SkyFonts™ service, now in private beta, which expands creative freedom through cloud-based, rental access to fully functional desktop fonts. Customers are able to try thousands of fonts for free within any desktop application and then rent selected fonts for as long as they're needed.
Further information about Typecast, including a video that details the application, is available at http://typecast.com/monotype-acquires-design-by-front.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including
those related to expected growth in Monotype Imaging's offerings to
manufacturers of consumer electronics devices, that involve risks and
uncertainties that could cause the company's actual results to differ
materially. Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences
include, but are not limited to: risks associated with changes in the
economic climate, risks associated with the company's ability to
integrate the products, and risks associated with the company's ability
to integrate the acquisition. Additional disclosure regarding these and
other risks faced by the company is available in the company's public
filings with the
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