I’m not getting near the “my OS can beat up your OS” debate. I’m too busy. But there’s one thing that Microsoft Longhorn/Vista gets right and that’s the screen fonts. I’m constantly futzing with my screen fonts trying to get something that’s more readable. There are six new fonts with Vista, announced quite some time ago…Calibri, Cambria, Candara, Consolas, Constantia and Corbel.
Someone has packaged them for [XP and earlier](http://test.uxevolutions.info/zoronax/entries/10) and I’m so desperate for a legible screen font that I threw caution to the wind and installed them.
Not baaaad. Didn’t take me long and I’m going through all my applications and making Consolas my fixed width choice, Constantia my serif choice and Calibri my sans serif choice.
You can [learn more](http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=47&aid=78683) about the fonts here.
4 responses to “Vista fonts”
Hmm…download link seems to be down.
I’ve been using Andale Mono for my editors, though there’s a smidge of clipping on a few characters when italicized at smaller sizes.
Maybe Microsoft didn’t like that someone made the fonts available?
It’s incredible how legible Constantia at 12 point is on this monitor. Same with Consolas for fixed width. With a 1920×1200 monitor, I don’t usually go much smaller than 10-12 point if I have any say in the matter.
If possible, could I trouble you to email Constantia to me?
Meyer Solny, MD
no, sorry I can’t. Aside from any legal issues, I’ve learned from past experience that if I do it once my inbox fills with other requests that I don’t have time to deal with. If I were you, I’d Google “Vista font download.” You never know what you might find.