Archive for November, 2007

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Font Matching

November 25, 2007

Working in Prepress it’s quite an every day experience to be asked to match a type face to some artwork supplied, may be for body copy or for modifying or redrawing a logo.

Ordinarily to match a font you would use the excellent services supplied by either What the Font by scanning and uploading an image of the font or use another font identifying service such as Identifont to identify a font based on a particular glyph or glyphs.

When it comes to redrawing, more often than not, it’s best to just get on with drawing it. Most letter forms are quite forgiving, a 6 can be a 9, a letter p can become a letter b or a letter d. There’s nearly always some work required but you’re 99% there.

However, the Germans have developed a font that makes it very difficult to perform the usual tricks in a bid to defeat number plate crime. The font is FE-Mittelschrift. FE stands for F√§lschungs-Erschwert, meaning ‘difficult to forge’. One letter cannot be easily transformed into another. A more in depth analysis is available form useful design, that also has a neat flash movie that shows how the letters are ‘unbreakable’.

It would be pretty difficult to match the font without a full character set to reference while redrawing it. For example the the 6 cannot easily be used to make a 9, unless you know what a 9 looks like. A letter P cannot be made into a letter R and so on. Yet it it still legible and pleasing to the eye.

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Pantone Clothing

November 15, 2007

There was an advert on the side of a bus this morning advertising Pantone matched clothes available at Uniqlo I was intrigued and I thought, I’ll get myself something. I hit the web site and couldn’t find anything. A quick Google search revealed this article from October. Perhaps it was an old advert, but it seems I’ve missed out.

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GyazMail saves the day

November 12, 2007

When Nerg got a fabulous Black MacBook in March (a thing of great beauty) he pretty much cloned the contents of the previous T-Book straight over.

In so doing the hideous mess (I had created) that was Mail got transferred over as well. While the T-Book was still available, rebuilding the mail data base seemed like a good idea. So every message was deleted from the MacBook, the MacBook was taken off line and everything was imported from archive DVD’s. In it’s uncompressed state, it’s approaching 4 Gb, that’s a lot of mail.

It didn’t go well. Duplicate message hell.

Removing duplicate messages in Apples Mail is possibly the most tedious thing, and when completed the database was still a bag of shit. I’d click on the title of a message from the Favourite Person only to discover that it was some random instruction for a job I’d completed ages ago. Hmmm…

So the ‘Mail Hoover’ was the only answer. Basically Mail creates a file called “Envelope Index” at the root level your libraries ‘Mail’ directory. Regard this as your e-mail database. It’s the index of all the mail that’s ever gone through Mail. Quit Mail and throw away this file. The next time you re-launch Mail it will behave as if it’s launched for the first time and will offer to import all your messages. It imports nothing. Nothing is placed in a folder called ‘Import’ as it would be normally. What appears to be happening is that Mail 1.x (Jaguar/Panther) is being converted into Mail 2.x (Tiger). All that’s being done is the ‘Envelope Index’ is being rebuilt.

Bored with the tedium of all this (it takes ages to rebuild the file), using another client sprang to mind…

Several email clients were down loded before¬† GyazMail was settled upon, a free demo for 30 days as per usual. Import went smoothly, and then a couple of real gems turned up in GyazMail. It supports labels, like the Finder, handy for sorting, and the killer feature…

Delete Duplicate Messages. Winner!

What had taken ages manually now took minuets. There’s also a great export function, mostly.

After all the cleaning up, deleting of duplicates out of Gyaz, exporting all mail boxes to be archived, the time came to import the newly created archive back into Gyaz… slowly, slowly then crash. Tried importing into Mail, instant crash.

Eudora was tried (yes really) and at least this gave an error message for corrupt attachments when importing and gracefully lets you skip that particular message, even notifying which it is, unlike Gyaz, which just bombs.

There’s still more to do with the freshly rebuilt mail database, wanna separate some stuff out and so on, but all in all Gyaz, is a goer, so much so I might actually buy it. If it doesn’t choke on it’s own export again. It works though and so far it’s done all that needs to be done.

Lets see how Mail copes with an import, it’s unlikely do too well, because Mail 2.x treats each message as a .emlx where as Gyaz sees things as a single file. To be continued…

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More Pantone tomfoolery

November 6, 2007

I’ve mentioned some of the fun Pantone related products before, but here’s one that found it’s way to me today, doesn’t quite match your regular horror scope, but it’s a bit of fun.

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Amazing work

November 4, 2007

Extremely talented work form one of the best guys out there. Some of the images can be a little disturbing

http://www.christophehuet.com/

And it’s a beautifully designed site