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Well, I tried again and this time was able to create a new account and modify the pen choices page as well – so it was apparently “fog in the cockpit” the last time. 8^)
Another question: I wonder how to include an image…I tried to do it by following the example in your smiley face tutorial in the wiki. There, the URL of the image was simply inserted in the text. I tried to do a similar thing, but with a dropbox.com URL, and all that happened was that the URL appeared in the text. Any pointers?
Thanks for pointing me to the wiki, Lenore! I have not yet added to the pen choices page, but have done some editing on the Blowing Eggs page, as well as adding to the Support Resources on the main eggbot wiki page a link to the Facebook EggBot Art Gallery group. (Group currently consisting of just me.)
I have been unable to login as a wiki editor. I’ve tried to login with my EMS login, with my wikipedia login, and have tried to make a new account. No joy with any of these three methods. Is it broken, or am I just afflicted with fog in the cockpit?
Also, a question: Are you gently suggesting to me that this kind of post does not belong here?
After reading Lenore’s blog post about the nixie-based font, I went looking for something similar with open font license. No joy, unfortunately.
I did, however, find an OFL font that perhaps fills a different vacancy in the growing Hershey fonts constellation. It looks rather like Courier, though it is said to be influenced by neon tube design (I must confess I don’t see any neon influence, however.) It’s at https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Nixie+One
I’ve added this derivative as EMS Nixish and EMS Nixish Italic. And documented both in the now-canonical style. And here it is in dropbox as version 2.0.2: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ve4qdcvda2utzbs/hersheydata%20v2_0_2.zip?dl=0
I notice Br Saul specifically mentions fonts. Could it be that it’s the quantized nature of hershey fonts that’s the cause of the visibly-straight line segments, rather than curve smoothing?
Must have been rather a pain locating the exact data points to be removed!!
Egad!! No, I don’t have any straightforward means of detecting duplicate paths. I’ll have to ponder how it occured, with an eye to seeing if I need to build in a safeguard of some sort.
Glad you found it, sorry it happened. 8^) At the least, I will manually look for more in the .svg files which define the characters.
The error is in the .svg file for that face, rather than in the Visual Basic transform-to-Hershey program. This most likely means it was a human error (mine), and therefore is hopefully not likely to be endemic.
I’ve remedied the error, but have to dash out the door this second, so won’t get it into dropbox for about another ten hours.
Well, here are the spiral text files modified.
I’ve added three more useful (to me, anyway) fonts: EMS Decorous Script, EMS Readability, and EMS Readability Italic. I’ve followed your lead in the crediting information.
The dropbox link is for hersheydata.py and hershey.inx, based on the current github versions. I’ve also taken the liberty of adding a version number to each, anticipating that as time goes on other fonts may be added.
Also, a “heads-up”: I’ll soon be sending a revised version of spiral-text which allows for selection from the new variety of fonts. Name-poem probably wants to be addressed as well.
Lovely – what a professional job you do!!
Whoa! That would definitely be a neat trick indeed! 8^)
Oooh, will I have to wait a long time to hear about your Hershey Text enhancements??? 8^)
I understood what you meant, and what I meant was that it seems virtually impossible to generate any new names without resorting to a random word generator. Perhaps I’m overstating the case. If you think it’s important I’ll generate some kind of unique names, just give the word.
Important – see my edit to my previous post, regarding hershey.inx.
Your web link – Wow, nice resource.
[ EDIT: Yikes! I just noticed that my copy of hershey.inx differs from the version in github, in places where I made no changes. I have no idea where the changes came from, and I’m assuming but not knowing that I started from the hershey.inx that installed with eggbot. Yipers! ]
You are ever-so-correct about the name collisions – I’ve given up – every name in this corner of the galaxy is already in use – and am avoiding the name duplication by considering “EMS ” prefix as part of the name. See files in dropbox:
HT1 is fine by me, though perhaps there is less precedent for numerals in the prefix – dunno, and it’s not by any means a big deal to me. If we’re going with three characters with the nod to Hershey text, how about HTE for Hershey Text Extended, or Enhanced, or [gasp] Eggbot or [double gasp] Evil?. (It is extended, after all, because we’ve gone to a floating point representation from an integer.)
Additional question: are there any of the font names for which you have alternate suggestions? As you can guess, the names were completely off-the-cuff creations for which I have no great partisanship.
Yup, the association with the chocolate manufacturer was the only reason – and now that you have showed me the light, it was surely a poor choice. I just wanted something to replace the asterisk I had been using.
The idea of designating the origin in the traditional way is perfect – I was clueless in that regard. I assume when you used “MT” in your suggestions that was a neural echo of the “HT” you initially suggested – your first link shows “MT” as the Monotype designator.
[Whoops – note added in proof: “HT” is already in use by Huerta Tipográphica http://www.huertatipografica.com/en#
I also searched for HM font foundry, HS… (for Hershey Modified, Hershey Style) and got too many hits for comfort. Even “EB” is in use as a prefix. What about “EG”? What do you think? ] 8^)
So, I take it you would like to use the files? If so, I’ll make the Cocoa => xx changes in the next day or two, and upload them here?