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Please take the time and read the FAQ before sending me any comment or question.
I have put together some of the most frequent questions and answered them here
as I can´t find the time anymore to answer to every individual mail.

This FAQ is also available in text format for download


Content

General



Which format are these fonts

Why don´t you have any MAC fonts and what can I do if I want to use a certain font on my MAC?

Is your service free?

Are all the fonts free?

Who maintains this archive and why?

Who is La Kikita?

I am searching for a font called *blah blah*. Do you know where I can find it?

I want to make my own fonts. Do you know how?

Can you recommend a good font manager/editor?

Can I download all fonts in one single zip?

Can I download these files via FTP?



Installation



How to download the fonts

How to unzip

How to install new fonts

Maximum number of fonts installed

How to remove fonts from your folder



Miscellaneous


About shareware

Which font did you use to make...?

I need a special font for this project I am working on. Can you suggest one?

I am a font author. Do you mind to post my fonts?

Are you looking for sponsors or do you need support?

You have pirated fonts on your page!



Which format are these fonts

All fonts are in True Type Format for PC / Windows 95. They should also work under Windows NT or 3.x. You can use them in any windows application once installed in your system folder (for instructions see below).



Why don´t you have any MAC fonts and what can I do if I want to use a certain font on my MAC?

I don't have any MAC fonts because it is very easy to convert all these fonts to MAC format and I haven´t got time nor space to offer every font in both formats. Just download this
TTConverter for Macintosh and voilá. (You have to be on a MAC to work with this software).



Is your service free?

Toll free, yes. My generous
provider has offered me an unlimited disk space and as long as they keep this service I don´t have to charge for mine. Yet I do love to get feedback or you could invite me to have a cyberdrink for my gracious service. Surprise me :)



Are all the fonts free?

No. Please carefully read the documentation that is attached to the zip files and follow the instructions on how you are allowed to use the fonts and what/whom you have to pay.



Who maintains this archive and why?

Believe it or not, just one single person here to maintain this huge site. "May I introduce myself? I am your host for tonight (and hopefully some more nights to come), La Kikita. Make yourself comfortable and enjoy your stay. Why did I put up this archive? - Because I felt the urge to put together a shareware/freeware font collection as complete as possible because I got tired of having to 'hunt' for hours on the web and only getting lost on pages with one or two fonts and the zips there not even working or no preview sample available...you surely know what I am talking about!"



Who is La Kikita?

Former freelance adventurer turned special cyberarts expert, young La Kikita (female, somewhere in her mid twenties) was infected by font addiction only recently. Seeing the possibility of building up a font archive to 'soothe the suffering' for other addicts (caution:there is no cure here, just plain medicine), the former student/bartender took the task to put together a huge collection of typefaces. Suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder, La Kikita also assumes the identities of high-flying type designer and mercenary in webdesign. Though frequently confusing, the skills exhibited by all three personalities are highly valued by fontastic!. Introduced to the web only recently, the persistent La Kikita chased down her lofty position ranks by carefully making herself everything the archive needed in a special-duties operative in the design/html department. Her mission is to provide fontaholics with the essential/vital font drugs. Her weapons are graphic software like Adobe Photoshop, font editors like fontographer, some simple editor like notepad and a nice cup of Assam tea. Watch out for some thrilling designs/fonts!



I am searching for a font called *blah blah*. Do you know where I can find it?

I know much less about type as it may appear. In most cases I cannot help you out of your misery. Yet sometimes I might accidently know the name of the font. You might rather give the experts at
comp.fonts or alt.binaries.fonts a chance. Please don´t send me to any webpages to tell you which font is used, I lack the time. And remember I am a foreigner (German), so I mostly don´t know what you are talking about if you request the font of a certain ad...
Maybe send a sample with your request?
And please, please, don´t ever ask me to send you a commercial typeface, go buy it!



I want to make my own fonts. Do you know how?

Not really. I´m acting more on a trial and error base. Kinda experimental. Try find out yourself. Here´s an
article by Chank on how to get started



Can you recommend a good font manager/editor?

Not really. I don´t have much experience with font software. If you can afford it, you should definitely buy fontographer, best editor I know of.
I just tried
FontLister, it looks like a great free program. Normally I just use the fontviewer that comes with windows and work myself through the chaos of types I got on my harddisk. Better ask elsewhere (but please be patient and polite).



Can I download all fonts in one single zip?

No. If you zip all fonts together you would get a file bigger than 30 or 40MB. Have you ever tried to download such a megafile? Impossible. Plus I don't want to exploit this amazing offer of my server to give me all the space I need. Plus I get a little suspicious if people requesting a zip of all fonts are willing to pay for all of them...



Can I download these files via FTP?

Sorry, but my server doesn't allow anonymous ftp.


How to download the font files to your hard disk

Click on the name of the font to retrieve the zip file. Next hit "save" and then browse your directory and open the folder you in wich you want to save the font. Then hit "ok"



How to unzip the files

All files in this archive are zipped (compressed). To unzip them you need WinZip or PKZip. To get WinZip, browse to my
software page where you will find the latest version of WinZip (as a self extracting file). Once installed, this program will automatically run when you click on a zipped file.


Windows 95 TrueType font installation


To add a new font to your computer:

1.From the Control Panel open the Fonts folder.



2.On the File menu, click Install New Font...



3.Click the drive and folder that contain the fonts you want to add.



4.To select more than one font to add, press and hold down the CTRL key, click the fonts you want, then click on OK.




Tips

To select a range of fonts in the list, press and hold down the SHIFT key while dragging the cursor over the fonts.
To add fonts from a network drive without using disk space on your computer, make sure Copy fonts to Fonts folder is not checked.


Is there a recommended maximum number of fonts that can be installed?

A The Windows 95 Resource Kit incorrectly states that there is no limit to the number of TrueType fonts you can install in Windows 95. You can install a maximum of approximately 1000 TrueType fonts in Windows 95. The exact number of TrueType fonts you can install varies, depending on the length of the TrueType font names and filenames. Installed TrueType fonts are listed in the registry and in the Graphics Device Interface (GDI). All font files are registered under a single key in the registry, and a registry key cannot exceed 64K. If font names average 20 characters in length and font filenames average 10 characters in length, the maximum number of TrueType fonts you can install falls between 1000 and 1500. If a TrueType font file is located in a folder other than the Fonts or the System folder, the full path to the font is included in the registry, using up more space in the key and reducing the number of fonts you can install. The GDI contains an internal list of fonts, with 10K reserved for font filenames. If font filenames average 10 characters in length, the maximum number of TrueType fonts you can install is approximately one thousand.


Follow these steps to remove a font without deleting the font file:

1.Use Windows Explorer to create a folder to store a copy of the TrueType font files.

2.Copy the fonts you want to remove from the Windows\Fonts folder to the folder you created in step 1.

3.Use the Fonts tool in Control Panel to remove the TrueType fonts.


If you decide to re-install a font that you have removed, you can install the font from the folder containing the font file copies. Make sure to select the "Copy fonts to the Fonts folder" option so that the font file is copied. If you do not select this option, the font file is located in only one folder and is deleted the next time you remove the font.



What is Shareware?

Shareware is a means of distributing software on a "try before you buy" basis. This method of distribution offers many benefits over conventional retail distribution. It allows you to try software programs, clip art and fonts before you purchase them. This allows you to determine if the shareware product you are trying meets your needs and will work with your computer equipment. After you have tried the product for the specified trial period, you are required to either purchase the product or delete it from your system. The shareware concept relies on the basic honesty of the user (or "potential buyer"). Remember that many shareware authors and developers are people like you--not faceless corporations--and rely on the income derived from shareware payments to continue creating software products that make your (computer) life more productive and/or fun.



Which font did you use to make...?





I need a special font for this project I am working on. Can you suggest one?

If you need a font to run a certain software you developped in DOS/whatever format that prints at sizes from 0,1245 to 12343 surely not. I am not a pro. But if you a looking for a not so specific typeface to set the mood for a graphic you are working on, I might be able to come up with some humble suggestions (caution: I might also suggest commercial fonts as I try to get close to your ideas and not to your bank account).



I am a font author. Do you mind to post my fonts?

I simply love it when font designers mail me and allow me to post their work. So what are you waiting for? Make me happy.
If you got another font for me I don´t already have in my collection and if you are sure about it´s origin (that it is not commercial or licensed to a certain foundry, or a ripp off), please don´t hesitate to send it to me. I appreciate additional input very much.



Are you looking for sponsors or do you need support?

Hmm, difficult question. As long as I can get along on my own I try to keep all annoying advertisement off my pages. What I really could need would be some 70MB disk space on a US server or maybe in Australia to create a mirror of fontastic!. Any takers?



You have pirated fonts on your page!

How ugly! Are you sure? If so, please contact me immediately as I only want to provide freeware, shareware and public domain fonts. I am always struggling to keep my archive clean of commercial fonts or ripp offs. But with this amount of fonts I cannot promise there might be one or two fonts that should not be posted here. Then please mail me and I will remove the font(s) immediately.



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