URW++ has established itself in the graphic design industry by continually developing and marketing innovative font and software products.
Based on our technical font production skills, we are particularly successful in the area of corporate type development and production as well as a supplier of so-called world or global fonts for OEM customers.
Additionally, we distinguish ourselves by a comprehensive non-Latin font offering. Many of our popular Latin font designs are available in full WGL4 character set including Eastern European glyphs, Cyrillic as well as Greek! On top of that, we feature a fair variety of Japanese, Chinese and Korean fonts (CJK) as well as Indic Devanagari fonts. URW++ employs both Japanese and Chinese native speakers, and enjoys long-lasting partnerships in Tokyo and Shanghai.
We are well equipped to meet the growing demand in the OEM and Corporate Company market for so-called Global Fonts resp. World Fonts.
URW++ is the successor of the company URW (Unternehmensberatung Rubow Weber ¡ª from the founders¡¯ names), in Hamburg, Germany. Under the technical direction of Peter Karow, this company led the world in developing digital font technology. Its IKARUS suite of font digitization tools and file format standards handles fonts as bitmaps, as greyscale (anti-aliased bitmaps), as vector outlines, and as curved outlines. If a typeface exists on paper, then IKARUS is still the choice of many professionals. The program uses the unfashionable puck as input method.
The present company continues to market and develop IKARUS (now running on Windows, Macintosh, and UNIX workstations), as well as LINUS, a logo production tool. The large collection of URW fonts is sold in single font packs, or in bulk on CDs. The company has a very good reputation in Europe for quality and attention to the Central European market.
URW font names often include a letter indicating the usage of the font. The codes and their meanings are: T = Text D = Display L = Laserwriter (former core fonts) M = Monospaced E = Extreme (extremely wide or tight, very small or big sizes) P = Poster (extremely large sizes)
URW++, Lettergieterij Amsterdam 1937
URW++, Deberny & Peignot 2000
Barnhart Brothers & Spindler, URW++
URW++, Kingsley/ATF 1903
Adobe, URW++, Kingsley/ATF
Adobe, URW++ 1995
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