A script handwriting font in both TrueType
and LaserJet bitmapped formats. Includes a
program to make printed output look more
natural by randomizing it. Plus info on how
to get a custom handwriting font for $99.
This is a script handwriting font in both TrueType and LaserJet bitmapped
formats. The files included here are:
barbara.ttf : TrueType version of the handwriting font
barbara.sft : LaserJet bitmapped version of the handwriting font
handform.exe : Program to make printed output look more natural
handform.doc : Documentation for the 'handform.exe' program
handform.ini : Initialization file for 'handform.exe'
download.bat : A batch file used to download the bitmapped version of
the font to a LaserJet and (optionally) print an ASCII
file using it.
font.id1 : Contains the PCL printer command to assign font id #1
to the font about to be downloaded. This file is needed
perm : Contains the PCL printer command to make a downloaded
font permanent. This file is needed by 'download.bat'.
barbara.sel : Used by the 'download.bat' batch file to select the font
and set the line spacing. This file is needed by
charlist.prn : Shows the characters in the 'barbara' font when printed
on a LaserJet using the 'download' batch file. To print,
unzip the files in 'download.zip' and type the command:
download barbara.sft charlist.prn
read.me : This file
file_id.diz : Description file for BBSs
When printing a text file to a LaserJet printer, the printout will look
much more natural if you first run the "handform.exe" program on your
text file. Please read the "handform.doc" file for details about what
the "handform.exe" program does.
You can obtain a printout of all the characters in the font by typing the
following command from a PC connected to a LaserJet printer:
download barbara.sft charlist.prn
Note that the TrueType font has the same characters in the same ASCII
values as the LaserJet bitmapped font.
Question & Answer
Q: How do I insert a character like ASCII 160 into my document since
this has no key on the keyboard?
A: The answer depends on whether you are using Windows or not. If you
are using Windows, go to the point in your document you want to insert
the character, and follow the three-step procedure below:
1. Press and hold down the Alt key
2. Using the numeric keypad, type 0xxx, where "xxx" is the three-digit
ASCII value of the character you want to insert. In this example,
to insert ASCII 160, you would type 0160 on the numeric keypad.
3. Release the Alt key.
You can also use the Character Map utility to copy characters to the
clipboard, and then paste them into your document. The Character Map
utility comes free with Windows, and is usually found in your Accessories
If you are not using Windows (for instance, you are using the DOS editor
"edit.com"), the procedure is nearly the same. In step #2 above, you
would type "xxx" on the numeric keypad, not "0xxx". For instance, to
insert ASCII 160, you would type Alt-160.
Have a Custom Handwriting Font of Your Own
You can have a custom font made from your printing or handwriting.
You'll get fonts in both bitmapped and TrueType format, plus a free
font editor for LaserJet bitmapped fonts. Send printing or writing
samples on white, unlined 8.5" x 11" paper plus $99. Don't forget to
include upper/lower case, numbers, and all those funny characters
like: [email protected]
If you include a few paragraphs copied from a book or the newspaper,
this will make the resulting font look more natural, since I will be
able to see the spacing, and will be able to include ligatures.
I'll also see how your natural writing looks, as opposed to
how it looks when you write characters standalone by themselves.
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