Open Up to OpenType Webcast

Registration is now open for the next event in the Dynamic Graphics magazine free webcast series.

Originally developed by Microsoft and Adobe Systems, OpenType was announced in 1996 but it wasn't until five years later that OpenType fonts begain to become widely available. The last few years have seen virtually all foundries converting earlier typefaces to OpenType and often releasing new ones exclusively in this format. Much of this momentum is due to Adobe, which converted its Type Library to the new format by early 2003, as well as providing extensive support for it with its Creative Suite applications.

The advantages of OpenType over the earlier TrueType and PostScript formats are significant, beginning with the format's cross-platformm compatibility. It also provides extended language support via Unicode, support for writing scripts such as Arabic and the Indic languages, as well as advanced typographic support for Latin script languages such as English. More advanced OpenType fonts typically have a "Pro" name, indicating their support for such features as expanded character sets and special layout features, often in the form of alternate characters.

The Open Up to OpenType webcast will explain, demystify and demonstrate this "smart" new font technology, showing how designers can get the most out of its features. The session will be led by Ilene Strizver, founder of The Type Studio and is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8, at 2 pm EDT, 11 am PDT, with Adobe Systems as the official sponsor. More information and registration is available on the Dynamic Graphics site.