Flexi IBM VGA Font: a Scalable Take on Text Mode

Flexi IBM VGA Font: a Scalable Take on Text Mode

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The VGA ROM font has to be the most recognizable text-mode character set, whether you spent the 1990s as an ANSI artist or as a POS cashier.  Naturally it's all bitmap, but I've seen a few attempts to shape it into a truly scalable font, with a 'smart' contoured outline that would theoretically look good at any size.  For instance, there's Nouveau IBM (previously used for titles on this blog) or Codepage Mono. ...
Olympiad: IBM Prototype Fonts Unearthed

Olympiad: IBM Prototype Fonts Unearthed

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My Ultimate Oldschool PC Font Pack got some pretty cool responses, and one of them contained something quite unexpected: a set of files transferred from twenty-five 5.25" floppies, containing internal snapshots of font development done at IBM around 1984. These prototype fonts were designed specifically for a project codenamed Olympiad.  Familiar?  Probably not, but it came to light a couple years later as the IBM 6150 AKA the RT PC, a RISC workstation and grandaddy of the PowerPC architecture. ...
The Ultimate Oldschool PC Font Pack (v1.0)

The Ultimate Oldschool PC Font Pack (v1.0)

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Character(-set) Assassination: a Monospace Odyssey At long last, it's done - the world's biggest collection of classic text mode fonts, system fonts and BIOS fonts from DOS-era IBM PCs and compatibles.  You get: Pixel-perfect reproductions of the original raster fonts! TrueType (TTF) and bitmap (FON) remakes for 81 character sets! Multi-lingual Unicode enhancements of the more popular fonts (and some less-popular ones)! Multi-platform compatibility! Get it HERE The Ultimate Oldschool PC Font Pack started out with the idea of paying tribute to ancient PCs and their bitmapped, pre-GUI typography (if you can call it that). ...
Windows (and ClearType) vs. Truetype Fonts with Embedded Bitmaps

Windows (and ClearType) vs. Truetype Fonts with Embedded Bitmaps

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Round 1: FIGHT! While I was working on the TrueType versions of the BigBlue Terminal font (and on my upcoming pack of oldschool PC font remakes), a stubborn annoyance cropped up in the form of ClearType.  Microsoft's subpixel text rasterizer (optimized for flat-panel displays) doesn't play nice at all with TrueType pixelfonts -- that is, scalable fonts, whose outlines are designed to snap to the pixel grid at a particular size. ...
BigBlue Terminal: An Oldschool Fixed-Width Pixel Font

BigBlue Terminal: An Oldschool Fixed-Width Pixel Font

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BigBlue Terminal is a monospaced pixel font, designed for use in fixed-width textual environments (consoles/terminals, text/code/hex editors and so on).  It follows the metrics and dimensions of Windows' old Terminal font (at the 9pt/12px size), but the appearance is closer to the classic IBM PC text mode character sets. At 8x12 pixels, Terminal is nicely compact and useful, but also kind of ugly.  Instead, BigBlue Terminal is closely based on IBM's 8x14 EGA/VGA charset -- I just like it better. ...