why not develop a computer-driven font identification system?[/quote:1cc91176dd]
im actually working on this... if the results will be satisfactory, the service should be up by January
By the way - why not develop a computer-driven font identification system? Based on yes/no questions - like:
Does the fonts have serifs?
Are the serifs horizontal or slanted?
Are the dots over i's and j's round or square?
Does the curve of the j point upwards or not?
Why not use Identifont? http://www.identifont.com/
Or, even better, use the fastest id system ever: Your eyes and memory.
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identifont doesnt do all that great of a job i am afraid and your eyes and memory start failing when you have to do it for 9,300 wacky fonts like AF has.
What i am planning on writing is using whole bit of AI to do the thinking and memorizing for you, from a provided image. This will also be handy for things like "here is a pic of a font i like, give me 30 from this site that are similar". Doesnt that sound handy?
identifont doesnt do all that great of a job i am afraid and your eyes and memory start failing when you have to do it for 9,300 wacky fonts like AF has.[/quote:7bafbb4fe1]
Was just qouting the Viking.
However, the Identifont engine isn't that bad. The handicap is that it only matches the commercial typefaces for the suppliers Identifont represents and has a limited number of possibilities shown. Best to only use the letters that are very typical. But the same will go for what you are thinking of. In this case the l and p. Use the j and e only to verify.
Follow the rules and Identifont, not that bad, does indeed id the face. It is one of the Thesis (Classic) family by Lucas de Groot, the type is Themix: http://www.identifont.com/show?L5 With an antialiased picture it is easy to go wrong to id a face but I gamble for the Bold. Yet might be the Semi Bold. http://www.fontshop.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=verity.search&startrow=1&records=20&currpage=1&totalrecords=10&searchby=&searchID=&searchletter=&searchstr=themix+bold&font_categories_checkbox=font_keyword_search&fontRendererText=Hjelp
A somewhat rare type; a semi-serif. Hardly known before the early 90's. More about the Thesis: http://www.lucasfonts.com/lucasfnt/infos/infothesis_text.html
What i am planning on writing is using whole bit of AI to do the thinking and memorizing for you, from a provided image. This will also be handy for things like "here is a pic of a font i like, give me 30 from this site that are similar". Doesnt that sound handy?[/quote:7bafbb4fe1]
Before you start from scratch have a look at FontMatcher - http://www.terra.es/personal/infern0/ The last version, 1.03, is already a few years old so I assume development has halted. This freebee compares bitmapsize and is therefore not very accurate. Glyph/vector comparison would be better, I think, and more accurate. Nevertheless if you really have no clue what to look for it can be of help. Maybe you can take over development? Why not contact email@example.com You may also want to have a look at FontExpert: http://www.fontexpert.de/english.htm. Also bitmap comparison. The online version, http://www.fontexpert.de/feforme.htm doesn't make me too happy. Requires images of each individual letter and then wants 5 Euro to reveal the name.
the thing is, i have to do it either way as it is my term project for one of my grad courses at the university.
i agree that bitmap comparison is not as perfect as the vector one, however vector coparison has a HUGE drawback... You need to have the vector data for every single font you want to be able to match. Bitmap comparison allows you to establish a pattern merely based on a image of that font.
and yes, it is a big, big handicap in my opinion that identifont only matches commercial fonts... I know ppl want to make money, but might as well help out the remaining 95% of the font hunters.