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bitfade
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I was thinking about that for a while, read bobocel post and decided to ask

are other authors interested in a common solution for external font loading which could be shared between different items of different authors ?

basicly, fonts would be contained in separated packages instead of main swf and loaded at runtime only when needed.

once a package is built for a font, it can be used with all compatible items by just altering xml config.

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+1

It would make it considerably easier for buyers if we had a standard way of loading / altering fonts across our files…

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Chuckanucka
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I have been thinking of exactly the same thing recently! Changing fonts is the only thing my buyers need to use Flash for, its really annoying. Having a CS3 + solution would be great.

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flashedge
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I usually put them into my library. Users have to press F11 , double click the fonts and switch them. Done! I share them at runtime across the swfs, it makes the whole thing less heavy. :)

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Chuckanucka
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I usually put them into my library. Users have to press F11 , double click the fonts and switch them. Done! I share them at runtime across the swfs, it makes the whole thing less heavy. :)

But many buyers do not want to use or have Flash.

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wickedpixel
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What about a solution that is multi-language friendly? English, Japanese, Turkish… etc
In this case you really need a runtime font loading system.

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flashedge
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I usually put them into my library. Users have to press F11 , double click the fonts and switch them. Done! I share them at runtime across the swfs, it makes the whole thing less heavy. :)
But many buyers do not want to use or have Flash.

Right. Hmm but you must anyway compile them into an swf file or is there a way to feed the fonts just as-is externally?

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bitfade
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i have some tools ready to create font packages.
non bitmap fonts do not requires flash IDE since the package (swf) can be built using opensource flex sdk.

user need to edit a few line as file and change class name / font path
then he can just drag this file to the build icon (build.bat) which will call flex and produce the swf.

it could be even easier by coding an air app or even better putting the whole system online: upload the font -> donwload the swf.

i’ll be happy to share tools / code with everyone insterested

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Sounds very promising bitfade. Nice one.

I think this would also be a perfect candidate for the Envato Author Code / Class repository.

A place with code / utilities we can all access and use (legitimately in our items). I thin everyone would benefit.

Even an unofficial one. Maybe a forum moderator could collect useful “pasties” from the forums and place them there, and vet any other entried from the author community?!

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