Monotype Imaging Inc. (NASDAQ: TYPE), a leading global provider of text imaging solutions, has announced that its iType® font engine is available for evaluation as an installable option for the Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 operating system. Designed for memory-constrained environments, the iType font engine enables manufacturers and developers to build connected consumer and enterprise devices with multilingual, scalable fonts engineered for high-quality display.
“Fonts are a critical component in bringing product differentiation to today’s rapidly evolving and crowded consumer electronics marketplace, yet many manufacturers and developers are still in the process of discovering this,” said John Seguin, executive vice president of Monotype Imaging. “Through the power of visual expression, fonts can expand opportunities to build more engaging or interactive products, such as networked and interactive digital televisions, set-top boxes, digital cameras and camcorders, portable media players and navigation devices. By working closely with Microsoft, we’re making it easier to exploit the power of fonts to convey themes, build brand, create memorability, evoke emotion, command attention, or simply make text easier to read.”
“We are very pleased that Monotype Imaging’s iType font engine will now support the new features and enhancements in Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2,” said Dan Javnozon, senior product manager with Windows Embedded at Microsoft Corp. “With Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2, Microsoft is providing partners like Monotype Imaging with an array of development components, allowing their customers to differentiate their innovative consumer and enterprise products while offering exciting connected experiences.”
The iType font engine supports OpenType and TrueType®-based fonts along with the company’s stroke-based font technology. Standard features include Monotype Imaging’s patent-pending SmartHint(TM) technology, a character fine-tuning solution for ensuring the clear display of East Asian text, including text with intricately shaped characters scaled to small sizes. Also featured is a font linking capability, designed to improve memory efficiency when handling multiple font files, common when supporting multiple languages.
“Our solution is much more than a small-footprint text rendering option, although the ability to reduce memory requirements and more flexibly manage device memory footprint are significant,” said David Gould, director of product marketing at Monotype Imaging. “For example, our GBK Simplified Chinese SmartHint solution requires 43 percent or 1.7 MB less memory on the device, compared to using a similar GBK Simplified Chinese TrueType font available from the Windows Embedded CE kit. However, beyond the details of storage savings, developers are looking to more cost-effectively incorporate multilingual, highly legible fonts within shortened development cycles. Our solution enables this, while opening access to our diverse selection of multilingual fonts. We’ve also partnered with typeface foundries in regions such as Japan, Korea and China to bring forward designs created by local experts.”
The iType font engine for Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 is available for evaluation purposes. Source code as well as a license to ship the technology within commercial products must be obtained directly from Monotype Imaging, a Silver level member of the Microsoft Windows Embedded Partner Program. Developers may contact Monotype Imaging for custom configurations or to receive updates of the iType font engine when newer versions become available.
About Monotype Imaging
Monotype Imaging is a global provider of text imaging solutions for manufacturers and developers of consumer electronics devices including laser printers, copiers, mobile phones, digital televisions, set-top boxes, digital cameras and software applications and operating systems. The company also provides printer drivers and color imaging technologies to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). Monotype Imaging technologies are combined with access to more than 9,000 typefaces from the Monotype®, Linotype® and ITC® typeface libraries – home to some of the world’s most widely used designs, including the Times New Roman®, Helvetica® and ITC Franklin Gothic(TM) typefaces. Fonts are licensed to creative and business professionals through custom font design services, direct sales or e-commerce portals. Monotype Imaging offers fonts and industry-standard solutions that support all of the world’s major languages. The company is based in Woburn, Mass., with regional offices in the U.K., Germany (Linotype), Mt. Prospect, Ill., Redwood City, Calif., Boulder, Colo., Japan and China.
Monotype and iType are trademarks of Monotype Imaging Inc. registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. SmartHint is a trademark of Monotype Imaging Inc. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Times New Roman is a trademark of The Monotype Corp. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain other jurisdictions. ITC is a trademark of International Typeface Corp. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. ITC Franklin Gothic is a trademark of International Typeface Corp. which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Linotype is a registered trademark of Linotype GmbH in the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Helvetica is a trademark of Linotype Corp. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions in the name of Linotype Corp. or its licensee Linotype GmbH. TrueType is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and other countries.