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  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jun 08, 2010 (2 weeks ago)
    Tags: Text , Fonts , WPF , Pete Brown
    Take a look at this cool post by Pete Brown on using fonts wisely across multiple platforms.

    WPF 4 has Great Font Rendering. So, what are you waiting for? There are so many great WPF applications out there that just need these simple text options changes (which can be put into global styles) in order to go from awesome to truly friggin awesome.


    WPF has gotten a lot of abuse about its font rendering over the years. While I understand why the rendering was the way it was, I'm one of the people who complained about it. WPF 4 totally changes that. It has font rendering that is as good as any native Windows application, and better than most every other developer platform. Pick good fonts (a must in any case) and set the right options to take the fuzz out of your WPF applications.


  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Dude  on  May 11, 2010 (1 month ago)
    In this post Silverlight Dude talks about the fonts in Silverlight 4 and what troubles they may cause if you don't know about some new changes.

    Ok, if you are coming from Silverlight 3 development like me you will probably fall into this one as well without even knowing it. In Silverlight 3 there were only 9 fonts, and as soon as you select a different font other than the 9 basic fonts then blend would automatically embed them for you. Now in Silverlight 4 Blend doesn’t do that, because now Silverlight can take advantage of system fonts.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Paul Yanez  on  Apr 26, 2010 (2 months ago)
    In the following tutorial Paul Yanez demonstrates how extensive the font capabilities in Silverlight are. 

    Being able to display beautiful fonts within xaml allows the ability to programmatically alter a designed font with gradients and drop shadows applied.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Mar 30, 2010 (2 months ago)
    In this post, Christian Schormann demonstrates how to use fonts in Sketchflow.

    With Blend 4 Beta, these fonts are installed in your system fonts directory, and they are also included in the SketchFlow project templates. That means that these fonts are automatically embedded in any SketchFlow project you create.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Mar 19, 2010 (3 months ago)
    Tags: Fonts , Open Source , WPF
    Robby Ingebretsen has published his favorite 10 open source fonts that can be embedded in both WPF and Silverlight.

    Titilium - Very nice sans serif that works well for display. Comes in many weights. I’ve actually used this font a lot in WPF for display and had good luck with it. It’s a little square so it leaves the UI looking a little futuristic if you don’t manage the weights properly.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jan 07, 2010 (5 months ago)
    Koen Zwikstra starts a blog post series on fonts in general and how to use them in Silverlight.

    This is part 1 where I will provide a quick introduction to TrueType, OpenType, Type 1, ClearType, CFF, PostScript outlines, TrueType font collections, obfuscated fonts, and more.

  • Silverlight 4 Find: No More Whitelisting Fonts

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jan 06, 2010 (5 months ago)
    Shawn Wildermuth found out that in Silverlight 4 the fonts are no longer whitelisted to the ten fonts out of the box.

    Silverlight will now use any font that it can find on a machine without embedding. For example, in my RIA Services sample, I changed the font to Elysian (a font I have installed) and it picked it up.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Oct 30, 2009 (7 months ago)
    Blend 3 allows you to embed fonts, but unfortunately if you publish your work online you are technically distributing the font. Learn how to cope with this problem in the post of Gavin Wignall.

    However, there is a way around this, if you encrypt the font so that it is not usable then you are arguably not distributing it any more. This process is known as Obfuscation. It is important, however, to point out that you still need a license or permission to use a non-standard font in your work.

  • Silverlight: How To Obfuscate a Font And Use It In a Silverlight Application

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Sep 17, 2009 (9 months ago)
    Tags: Fonts , Tutorials

    In this Silverlight tutorial Allan Muller explains how to use a font that's not a 'Silverlight' font without making it usable outside your application.

    You have your design almost in the bag, you have a font that you want to use but how can you use that font in Silverlight. Without distributing a font (which would be illegal unless you had a license to do this) requires you to obfuscate the font. Obfuscating the font means taking the font and converting it into an un-usable format outside your application.

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