Fonts.com Announces Web Fonts API and WordPress Plugin

. October 21, 2010 . 0 Comments

Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc., a leading global provider of text imaging solutions, has introduced its Fonts.com Web Fonts API (application programming interface), which enables developers to integrate the Fonts.com Web Fonts solution in Web applications, providing users with the ability to tap into Monotype Imaging’s extensive Web font offering. Also new are plug-ins for the open source WordPress(R), Drupal(R) and Joomla!(R) content management systems. Using any of these popular CMS offerings, users are able to create websites that support Fonts.com Web Fonts.

“We’re building on the momentum of last month’s commercial launch of our Web font solution,” said Chris Roberts, vice president of marketing at Monotype Imaging. “We believe Web fonts should be as easy to use as picking up a pen to write, whether you’re creating a website, writing a blog or engaging on a social networking site. Our new API and plug-ins are a significant step toward making Web fonts extremely easy to use, while opening access to an unrivalled selection of high-quality typefaces.”

The Fonts.com Web Fonts API enables developers to integrate Web fonts into applications and cloud-based CMS products, which are designed to provide users with simplified methods for publishing Web content to websites. Monotype Imaging’s new open source WordPress, Drupal and Joomla plug-ins, all based on the company’s API, feature a WYSIWYG editor, which allows text to display instantly in a chosen Web font while the user is typing. “Our new plug-ins demonstrate what can be done with our API,” said Roberts. “Developers benefit with a high level of flexibility for building apps that allow users to more easily and conveniently stylize Web content.”

In addition to CMS offerings, applications that can take advantage of the Fonts.com Web Font API include social networking sites, commercial services, weblogs, forums, and other content creation and publishing apps. Using Monotype Imaging’s solution, Web apps provide access not only to thousands of typeface designs but also support for more than 40 languages, covering the majority that are used online. Patent-pending Web technology speeds the delivery of text set in languages containing thousands of characters, such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Information about obtaining the Fonts.com Web Fonts API, as well as the WordPress, Drupal and Joomla plug-ins, are available from http://webfonts.fonts.com/developers. In order to use Monotype Imaging’s Web fonts, users of the plug-ins or supported applications must have accounts with Fonts.com Web Fonts.

About Fonts.com Web Fonts

Monotype Imaging’s Fonts.com Web Font solution enables thousands of high-quality fonts to be used in Web page design. Typefaces include some of the world’s most renowned designs used in branding and advertising, such as the Helvetica(R), Frutiger(R) and Univers(R) faces, now available as Web fonts exclusively from Fonts.com Web Fonts. Additional typefaces will become available on an ongoing basis, as MonotypeImaging adds new designs into its Monotype(R), Linotype(R) and ITC(R) font collections and introduces selections from contributing type foundries and independent designers.

Three subscription plans are available: free, standard and professional. The no-fee plan now includes more than 3,000 fonts that can be used on an unlimited number of websites for up to 25,000 page views per month. Both the standard and professional plans provide access to more than 8,000 fonts and feature several flexible page view allowance options, starting at $10 and $100 per month, respectively. Professional tier subscribers also receive up to 50 “desktop downloads” each month — fonts that can be used for the creation of webpage mockups in applications such as Adobe(R) Photoshop(R) and Illustrator(R) software. Complete details and pricing are available at Fonts.com Web fonts.

Hosted on a global distribution network of servers, Monotype Imaging’s Web font solution downloads fonts dynamically to Internet browsers. The service complies with W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) specifications for deploying server-based fonts and supports all major Internet browsers, including Microsoft(R) Internet Explorer(R), Mozilla(R) Firefox(R), Apple(R) Safari(R), Google Chrome(TM) and Opera(R) platforms. Mobile Safari is supported for the iPad(R), iPhone(R) and iPod(R) mobile digital devices.

About Monotype Imaging

Monotype Imaging combines technology with design to help the world communicate. Based in Woburn, Mass. with offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia, Monotype Imaging brings text imaging and graphical user interface capabilities to consumer electronics devices such as laser printers, copiers, mobile phones, digital televisions, set-top boxes, navigation devices, digital cameras, e-book readers and consumer appliances. The company also provides printer drivers and color imaging solutions to printer manufacturers and OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). Monotype Imaging technologies are combined with access to more than 13,000 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(R), Helvetica and ITC Franklin Gothic(TM) typefaces. Fonts are licensed to creative, business and Web professionals through e-commerce portals, direct and indirect sales and custom design services. Monotype Imaging offers industry-standard font solutions that support all of the world’s major languages. Information about Monotype Imaging can be found at www.monotypeimaging.com

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