Even more coding fonts

Finally: some great font for programmers. First there’s ProFont, which is kind of small but specially suited for coding. It’s a .FON font, meaning it’s a real bitmap font that only works at a given size (Windows 3- days!), but it’s ported to Mac, Linux, and Windows TTF as well. I know lots of programmers that prefer insanely small font sizes, so this might be cool for some people.

Then there’s these other four variations of a font called Proggy. Proggy Clean and Proggy Small seem specially attractive to me, maybe because of the way the letter “O” is done – a diagonally-shaped circle (I think it makes me remember the MSX or the Commodore 64 or something – whatever the reason, I consider it to be รผber 1337). I’ve been using Andale Mono at size 9 with good results, but I think I’ll give Proggy a try. It’s also a .FON font, and PC only.

Of course, I’ve also been doing a little research for a font myself, but since I usually take so much time to complete my personal off-work projects, better find a good font in the meantime.

Source: Ouija (in brazillian portuguese)

  • Jonas Galvez

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  • I’ll stick to Lucida Console – try it, it looks identical.

  • zeh

    I’ve tried Lucida Console, didn’t really like it. Probably it’s just me, since I’ve seen people who like it too.

  • Jonas Galvez

    I always used Lucida Console, but now I’m moving to Proggy Square. Really sweet font (small but amazingly readable).

  • Tubes

    I love these new fonts but I can’t get Dreamweaver MX 2004 to pick up any new .FON fonts in the Code View font option list. It’ll only add .TTF fonts for me. (Though there are pre-existing .FON fonts that *are* in the list.) Any DW users know what’s up with that behavior?

  • I’ve also tried installing the .fon file, but Flash MX and SciTE|Flash only see .ttf files. Any chance of a truetype font?

  • zeh

    That’s why I hate .FON files. They’re nice, tchnically, but support has been declining in the past few years so it’s hard to find a program which supports it. Photoshop stopped supporting it at version 5, and after that it has been pretty much a downhill. There are certain .FON -> .TTF converters around, but I don’t know any free one.

  • Hi. was just doing some “ego-surfing” to see if my fonts were being used. I’m glad they are getting, overall, a good reception. I don’t know about Photoshop 5, but I’m using 7 and it supports them… but I agree it’d be handy if they were in either otf or ttf.

    –tri

  • zeh

    You’re right, PS7 added fon support back. My mistake (I use photoshop 5.5 anyways) ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ed ribachonek

    The clearest mono font for programmers i have seen is something called HVRASTER. I got it from http://www.procon.com.au/Fonts.htm
    It has special clear coding characters.
    They also have a TTF version which I havent tried but it also looks good.

  • I know PhotoShop 7.0 uses .fon files because the installer failed to unpack the system ones in WINE, and I had the devil’s own job unpacking the suckers by hand. However, I got it done eventually, see the screenshot at the URL associated with this message.

    If anyone has any of the following in a freely usable form, I would be most grateful for a URL to it:

    * dotFON to dotTTF converter

    * VT100 and/or DecWriter TTFs that look real

    * VT100 character ROMs in a format which could be converted to TTF