Pilot Handwriting


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Turn your handwriting into a font! Pilot Pens asks you to use your ink pen at least once more to write out your letters, then feed them into their font generator. Download your personal font, and then you can type with your own handwriting! Link -via Core77 -Thanks, Senor Mysterioso!

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These free/cheap handwriting font-makers often look good on the surface, but tend to lack the precision and flow an actual, human typographer can impart — which is fitting, eh?

I used Chank Diesel's https://www.chank.com/gofontyourself/ The price is $200 now (up from $150 when I used it) but Chank's has a lot of experience and the final result, complete with *kerning* you won't get in lesser "solutions", shows. I gave one round of feedback because the pen marks naturally left some odd imperfections and Chank fixed them quickly.
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I tried it and have to agree that the program is frustrating. I didn't even get as far as using it because even with the ability to modify, it didn't really pick up on the writing very well. Mind you, I did it twice, my scanner is brand new, I used a high resolution, and have very neat handwriting. Maybe I did something wrong, which is not at all out of the realm of possibility, but after about an hour of fiddling with it, I gave up.
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A site that offers a similar service is
http://www.yourfonts.com/

For $10, it creates an actual font file (.ttf) that you can use with any program once it's loaded into your computer. Doesn't have to be handwriting; I used it to create one I use with my webcomic.
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I was once subject to horror stories about my future unemployability due to my atrocious handwriting, but then we got an Amiga 1000 and my days of fretting over my handwriting-stunted job prospects were behind me.

I still can't write neatly, never could.

ANYways, the other question is, can you use this font in other apps? The video only shows it being used in their app.
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