Monotype’s lets customers try fonts before buying
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Monotype’s lets customers try fonts before buying

Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc., a provider of typefaces, technology and expertise for creative applications and consumer devices, has introduced the ability for visitors to experiment with desktop fonts for free. Fonts are temporarily installed through Monotype’s SkyFonts client, enabling users to work with actual fonts within documents for up to five minutes, before the data is retracted automatically.

Chris Roberts, vice president and general manager of Monotype’s e-commerce group, says more than 30,000 products from 100 foundries are available for free trial, with more fonts expected to be added on an ongoing basis. Trials begin by clicking a “download a free trial” link from product pages or search results. Fonts are delivered automatically and synced across up to five workstations that operate the SkyFonts client.

Visitors require a free account to use desktop trials. Users will be prompted to create or log in to a account and to install the SkyFonts client, if it hasn’t been previously installed, upon clicking the “download a free trial” link. Built on Monotype’s patent-pending technology for temporary font installation, the SkyFonts client is a free, lightweight utility that runs in the background on a Mac or Windows system.

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