Fonts for High Definition DVD (HD DVD) Announced

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Ascender Corp today announced a set of OpenType fonts for HD DVD authors as part of the Microsoft HD DVD Interactivity Jumpstart Package.

Ascender Corporation, a leading provider of advanced font products, today announced a set of fonts for HD DVD authors and publishers as part of the Microsoft® HD DVD Interactivity Jumpstart Package. Unlike normal DVDs, HD DVD allows scalable fonts to be included on the disc to generate text with the highest quality resolution. Ascender's fonts are in the OpenType® font format with rich typographic features designed to enhance the on-screen experience that is part of an HD DVD's Advanced Content.

The Microsoft HD DVD Interactivity Jumpstart Package contains software and utilities to simulate, test and debug HD DVD applications. Fonts are resource files, also known as assets, and are included on the HD DVD disc along with the video, audio and graphic assets. OpenType fonts allow text to be displayed on screen with breathtaking clarity, and offer HD DVD authors an expanded creative palette to express the personality of each title.

The font license with the Microsoft HD DVD Interactivity Jumpstart Package allows authors to use the fonts ‘as is’ with a title, and not to make any modifications to the fonts. Ascender's team of type designers and font software engineers can develop enhancements to the fonts, such as additional character sets, language support or other font styles if desired. Ascender also offers HD DVD authors an extensive collection of additional fonts and styles in the OpenType font format to select from.

Steve Matteson, Ascender’s Type Director, designed the following eight fonts that are included with the Microsoft HD DVD Interactivity Jumpstart Package:

  • Kootenay™ regular – an approachable, curvaceous sans serif typeface that works particularly well for on-screen reading and user interfaces.
  • Lindsey™ regular – a casual script font made to simulate youthful handwriting.
  • Miramonte™ regular and bold – an unpretentious sans serif design with elegant proportions that has a wide range of uses in print and on screen.
  • Pericles™ light and regular – an attractive sans serif typeface for headlines and short passages of text which recall inscriptional lettering and playful, art deco design.
  • Pescadero™ regular and bold - a delicate and detailed serif typeface that adds a touch of distinction and elegance.

The Ascender fonts were licensed by Microsoft to showcase the advanced OpenType typographic features available to HD DVD authors, including the ability to leverage true small capitals, old style figures, tabular figures, proportional figures, superscripts and subscripts, alternative vowels and ligatures.

Ascender is also releasing enhanced “Pro” versions of these fonts with comprehensive character sets for consumers and creative professionals to download. More information on Ascender's fonts for HD DVD can be found here: http://www.ascendercorp.com/HD-DVD.html

More information on HD DVD and the Microsoft HD DVD Interactivity Jumpstart Package can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/forpros/hddvd/default.aspx

About Ascender

Ascender® Corporation is a leading provider of advanced font products specializing in type design, font development and licensing. Ascender’s founders are font industry experts and have been involved in developing some of the most important and influential fonts used in computers and mobile devices. Ascender provides multilingual, custom font development for a wide range of customers including creative professionals, enterprises and hardware & software developers. Ascender also provides fonts for download to graphic designers and consumers through the Ascender Font Store website.

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Bill Davis

Ascender Corporation

25 Northwest Point Blvd, Suite 975

Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 USA

Phone: (847) 357 0730 ext. 10

Fax: (847) 357 0731

Website: http://www.ascendercorp.com

Ascender, Kootenay, Lindsey, Miramonte, Pericles and Pescadero are trademarks of Ascender Corporation. OpenType and Microsoft are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. HD DVD and DVD are trademarks of DVD Format/Licensing Logo Corporation. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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