What Is That Font & How To Type an Ω?
Here's some stuff for the font geek in all of us.
Did you ever wonder what font that designer used on a web site or brochure? Maybe you need to match a font for a client project and all you have is a printed piece. Here is a site I use for this:
It’s simple and works pretty well - hey, it's free. You just upload a sample image, screen shot or scan.
Then it gives you a chance to compare each letter and gives you the top matches. It’s also useful for locating similar font families if you are looking for an alternate choice. It will get you very close matches.
If it can’t find an exact match you can consult an expert. Submit your image to the WhatTheFont Forum to have your image viewed by font geeks the world over.
Another interesting site for font geeks is identifont - Here you can Identify a font by answering some questions about the letter shapes.
It also has a section on the history of certain fonts and font families, plus a place to purchase the ones you need.
Did you ever need the keyboard combination for π or ® or Ω? How about the HTML for π? Here's a tool I use all the time - Art Director’s Toolkit from Code Line.
Art Director’s Toolkit is a reference utility comprised of several very useful tools. I use Art Directors Toolkit to give me the keyboard combination for all kinds of symbols & view every possible character in a font; calculate the point size of an 1/8” Helvetica “M”; capture a color on-screen; translate RGB to Hex colors; convert Points to Picas, fractions to decimals; quickly search through industry-standard color libraries to obtain color information; calculate sizes for scaled images, etc.
The demo is free for 14 uses. The 5.3 version is $39.95 – (Version 3.1 is $29.95)
Art Director's Toolkit has been a favorite of Mac users for years. A PC version (3.1) is available but not promoted very well. Here is the link:
PC version 3.1 (I have not tested the PC version)