Linguist's Software has been creating professional-quality fonts since 1984. Most of
our products were created to fill a perceived market need. Many of our products, however,
have been created to meet the specific requests of one or more customers. If you have a language need that is not filled by any of our products, please contact us to see if we
can either modify an existing product or create a new product for you.
There are two circumstances under which custom work will be performed free of charge. All other custom work will be done for a fee.
Linguist's Software strives to produce quality products, and we covet the suggestions
of our customers about ways to improve our products. Under the following two
circumstances, we will make changes to our product for free and provide a free upgrade to
the registered owner requesting the change:
- Any error in a product (that we agree is an error) will be corrected free of charge.
This includes incorrectly formed, or missing, characters or diacritics. Many languages
have multiple forms of some of their characters, with certain forms preferred under
different circumstances. If you document a different or improved form of character, and we
agree it should be changed, we will gladly provide a free upgrade to you.
- Many of our products have national standard keyboards. We are constantly looking for
additional, official keyboards to include in our products. For instance, our Cyrillic
products have a transliterated keyboard along with Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian, and
Ukrainian national standard keyboards. Any customer providing us with documented, official
keyboard layouts for other Cyrillic languages we are looking for, such as Kazakh,
Azerbaijani, Belarus, Mongolian, etc., would receive an upgraded product with the new
Any person not owning our product, but who aids us in improving it, may, at our
discretion, be given a complimentary copy of the product as our way of saying thank you
for your help.
Please contact us if you have access to a nation's standard
keyboard layout, to see if it is one we wish to include in our product. And thanks!
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All custom font work will be priced on an individual basis. We are, however, able to
give certain guidelines. These prices are in addition to the basic cost of the product.
Minimum cost for custom work is US$ 100.00. Note that the following are guidelines only.
The more characters you need customized/created, the less the per-character charge will
be. We urge you to contact us for individual quotes.
|The 1st character, in the 1st style (plain, bold, italic, or bold-italic),
is $100.00. The same character in additional styles is $25.00.|
|The 2nd character, and all succeeding characters in that same font, in the 1st style, is
$50.00. The same character in additional styles is $25.00.|
|If you want the same characters added to additional available typefaces (e.g. Times-,
Helvetica-, Palatino-, Garamond, Zapf Chancery-, or Courier-style), prices are the same
except the 1st character in the 1st style is $75.00.|
In addition to custom fonts, custom keyboard mapping, if requested, will cost $100.00
per keyboard for up to 10 character positions changed, and $10.00 for each additional
The above are guidelines only. Please contact us to see if we can help you with your
specialized font needs.
If you wish to have us make custom fonts for you, please supply the following
- You will need to mail us large, clear samples of all characters to be added. (Faxing
does not provide adequate samples.)
- You need to tell us which ASCII allocation you wish each character to have. Please
request if you need us to send you an ASCII chart for Mac or an ANSI chart for Windows of
the font to be modified.
- We need to know which characters you wish to replace in the font in order to insert new
characters. Most of our fonts are completely full and in those cases one old character
must be removed for each new character we wish to insert.
- Identify any moving of character positions in the font.
- Identify which typefaces and which styles of the characters you need. If you need the
plain style only, it will be one price. If you need bold, italic, and bold-italic styles
of the characters, it will cost $25.00 per character for each additional style.
- Prior to the custom work being done, you will need to sign an agreement that we retain
copyright to the fonts which we produce, that you will not sell them or give them to
others, and that you will abide by the stipulations of the Software
License. Any publishers or printers you wish to use would not be able to keep copies
of the fonts for themselves unless they purchase their own copies (typically $99.95). Our Software License requires that you acknowledge the use of our
font(s) in any of your publications. The details can be found in point number three of the
- These prices include a maximum of two revisions of our artwork to be requested within 20
days of receipt of the work. Additional revisions will entail further cost.
- If this custom work is to be for the UNIX platform,
there is additional information we require.
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Our Windows fonts can be converted for use with many implementations of UNIX. Keyboard
Switcher, the Windows keyboard utility that makes input of the extended character set very
easy in Windows, does not work in UNIX, though, so UNIX users must provide their own
method for input of extended characters (such as ASCII or ANSI input, macros, keyboard
mapping utilities, etc.). The standard character set can be mapped to any key on your
keyboard as part of our development.
All conversions of our Windows products are custom services. Depending on
circumstances, there may be development costs above the cost of the product. The
information required by us to determine if we can build the font for you, and to determine
the cost, follows. To shorten the time it takes us to prepare a cost for the
project, please copy the following questions and email your
answers to them to us. Contact . Or, you may download
a copy of this form in Adobe® Acrobat® PDF version, which you may complete and
fax or mail to us. If you have any questions, be sure to contact
- Which language(s) and which font(s) do you need? Some of our packages have more than one
font in them; do you want an entire package converted, or just one font from it converted
for your use? Do you want only the plain style, or also the bold, italic and/or bolditalic
styles, if available?
- What operating system are you working on?
- What font resolution does your system use, 75dpi or 100dpi? The latter increases the
cost of development.
- Does your operating system incorporate Display PostScript®, or do you require .BDF
(bitmap distribution format) files for screen display? If your system requires .BDF files,
your operating system will (should) come with a compiler or other utility to convert the
.BDF file into a screen display font.
- If you require .BDF files, in which point size(s) do you require them?
- If you require .BDF files, do you require the screen bitmaps to be "polished",
that is, refined, to improve the screen display? (This greatly increases the cost of the
product, but gives a more uniform and attractive screen display.) Printer output is from
the PostScript file, so it is always high quality; screen display quality will vary with
character shape and size. The smaller point size bitmaps are less uniform in appearance.
We are unable to demonstrate this for you; it depends entirely on your (video) system.
- If you require .BDF files, we need you to fax or mail a printout of the first page of
another .BDF file from your system, so that we may see the variables your system requires
in such files. .BDF files may be opened in any text editor.
- Do you require a custom layout of the font(s), or is the ASCII layout of our font
acceptable? We will send ASCII charts to you of the fonts you wish to be converted to
UNIX, to help you determine what layout you require. (Any modification of the layout
increases cost.) Note that some languages do have international standards. Other languages
have no established standard. If you require a certain ASCII mapping of the characters,
you will have to provide that mapping, or layout, for us.
- What font encoding does your operating system require? Many UNIX systems require ISO
encoding (specifically ISO-8859-1 Latin 1 encoding). Most of our fonts are not ISO
encoded, so conversion costs a little extra.
- How will the font be used: on standalone computers (how many), on a network (how many
workstations), incorporation into an application you are developing for sale, or resale to
a customer of yours, etc.? Including our font(s) into an application you are developing
will also require a license.
- What are your time requirements?
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