Thursday, March 26, 2009

Font trivia

Filling out grant stuff, and I thought it would make sense to match the font in Word 2007 to the PDF I'm filling out. So I go to check for Helvetica in Word, and... it isn't there!?!? Hel-friggin-vetica? Okay, okay, maybe a bug or something. Let's see if I can download it... $300!?!?!

Needless to say, this mystery just sucked down about an hour of my time. I briefly explored the seedy underworld of typeface worship, following the twisted lies of stroke terminators and outfoxing the glyphs of despair. All I can say is that I can never look at Ariel again. *shudder*

I did find this ancient, sacred text, though.

Oh, and no, Office 2007 does not have Helvetica, no matter how many movies they make about the damn font. And yes, barring the usual alternatives, you have to pay out the nose for a 52 year old typeface.

5 comments:

natalia said...

Um, I'm not sure what kind of Office 2007 you're using. My Office 2007 definitely has Helvetica.

Brandon King said...

!?!?!?!?
None of my 3 installations have it. Odd. The plot thickens...

natalia said...

Very strange. Maybe they forgot to include some fonts with certain packages? I think I have Home and Student - maybe they just assumed that non-students will be fine with typing everything in Comic Sans? =)

Brandon King said...

I'm using the Enterprise version from school on all mine. Weird. Maybe all the paper rejections have been because I send everything in WingDings. *shrug*

victor.henning said...

My Office 2007 doesn't come with Helvetica, either. Oh, Helvetica, how have I longed to possess you. Alas, it was not to be.

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