Monotype Imaging Announces SkyFonts – a First-of-its Kind Font Rental Service
Cloud-Based Font Solution, Now in Beta, Brings New Freedom to Using Typefaces
WOBURN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (TYPE), a leading global provider of typefaces, technology and expertise for creative applications and consumer devices, has introduced in beta its SkyFonts" service, a revolutionary solution that expands creative freedom through cloud-based, rental access to fully functional fonts. Users are able to try thousands of fonts for free within any desktop application and rent selected fonts for as long as theyre needed.
We believe customers will find SkyFonts to be very flexible, fluid and economical, with the ability to try fonts within actual jobs and then rent them for however long is necessary, said Chris Roberts, vice president and general manager of Monotypes e-commerce group. Instead of the traditional approach of buying a perpetual license for a font that might be used only once for a single project, users now have the freedom to use any font for as long as they determine. SkyFonts has the potential to completely change the way people buy and use fonts.
A brief video introduction of the SkyFonts service is available at www.skyfonts.com.
Based on patent-pending technology, SkyFonts consists of a system extension, which runs in the background of Macintosh® or Windows® machines to activate and deactivate OpenType® fonts downloaded from the SkyFonts portal. Users are able to see and select from thousands of Monotype® typefaces listed on the portal. More than 1,500 fonts from the companys Monotype, Linotype®, ITC® and Bitstream® libraries are available during beta, with more fonts to be added over time. Rented fonts can sync automatically to up to five machines registered to a single SkyFonts account.
The SkyFonts service operates on a credit-based system, whereby credits are used to rent fonts on a daily or monthly basis. Users can also try fonts for free for five minutes. When the trial or rental period expires or if the fonts are not renewed, theyre removed automatically from the users system. Beta participants will receive credits free of charge that will expire at the conclusion of the beta, at which point SkyFonts credits will be available for purchase. Pricing information will be released in the coming months.
To be among the first to experience SkyFonts and provide feedback, please visit SkyFonts.com. Over the coming weeks, Monotype intends to steadily add more participants into the beta program. Detailed information on SkyFonts and the beta program, in addition to frequently asked questions, are available at SkyFonts.com.
About Monotype Imaging
Monotype Imaging 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 Imaging provides customers worldwide with typeface solutions for a broad range of creative applications and consumer devices. The companys 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 at www.monotypeimaging.com.
Monotype is a trademark of Monotype Imaging Inc. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. SkyFonts is a trademark of Monotype Imaging Inc. Linotype and Univers are trademarks of Linotype GmbH registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Helvetica and Frutiger are trademarks of Linotype Corp. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions in the name of Linotype Corp. or its licensee Linotype GmbH. ITC is a trademark of International Typeface Corp. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office any may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Bitstream is a trademark of Bitstream Inc. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain other jurisdictions. Macintosh is a trademark of Apple Inc. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and other countries. Windows and OpenType are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2012 Monotype Imaging Inc. All rights reserved.
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