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Can anyone suggest an appropriate font?

Posted on 2006-11-03
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Hi Experts,

Excuse my non-technical approach to this.  I work closely with a company that produce a windows database program developed in Visual Basis.  The font used for many years is Arial and we would like to update to a font that will give the product a lighter/modern feel.  They looked at Verdana but run into problems caused by the fact that Verdana takes up more space etc?  Can anyone suggest a suitable common font that we may use to replace Arial without the need to move fields etc to accomodate.  Failing this - is there a common standard font that Windows programs use that is modern?

many thanks, Rob
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I only use Tahoma or Arial, mostly Tahoma.

When you say modern .. I didn't know a font can make an app look modern .. can it ??
scroll bars, buttons and layout can change the look and feel alot  ..
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Surprisingly -- simply use the 'Helvetica' font, but change the default font size. It gives it a new/fresh look. (So instead of say size '8', make it size '10').

The standard fonts on most windows systems are Arial, Times New Roman, Helvetica, (and sometimes Verdana). If you try to go with any specialized fonts,
you run the risk of the target computer not having that font, then looking wierd.

The other alternative is to redistribute a font (i.e., stick it in your installation package say to the \windows\fonts\ directory) -- but you may have to review
a distribution agreement, etc (making sure you are 'allowed' to redistribute that font). But if you are, then you can use whatever font you wish.
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I think a split between kinger247 and cool12399 .
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