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Our first screencast: thanks for tuning in!

on Tuesday 11th of October 2011

Thanks to everyone who joined our live screencast yesterday!

(Miss it? Fear not, we’re having another one)

It was great to finally show what we’ve been working on for the past few months. We were bowled over (and a little relieved) by the feedback we got, both during the screencast and on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/typographica/status/123438837253939201

https://twitter.com/cssboy/status/123433698652729344

https://twitter.com/opentype/status/123436790223872001

Some answers to your questions

There were a lot of great questions asked during the screencast,  and we’ve rounded up some of the main queries here:

When will we get our hands on Typecast?
We’re planning to open up the public beta in early November, and launch the service fully in January 2012. if you’ve requested an invite already, you may get access a week or so earlier, so keep an eye on your inbox!

How much will Typecast cost?
Accounts will be completely free during the public beta.  We want Typecast to be affordable to designers everywhere, so a typical account after launch will cost around $15 a month, with the option to upgrade to a Pro.

Will I be able to work with multiple projects in Typecast?
Sure, but you should really take it easy. Take the afternoon off, you’ve been working too hard.

Can we talk publicly about this demo?
Of course! We’d love to hear what you think of what you’ve seen so far, and we’ll be releasing more sneak peeks and videos over the next few weeks.

Which font services are supported?
The public beta will launch with a hand-picked selection of the best typefaces from Typekit, Fontdeck and Fonts.com. We’re planning to include favourites like Avenir, Bliss, VAG Rounded and Proxima Nova, to name a few.
Our webfont partners - web fonts from Typekit, Fonts.com and Fontdeck

We’d love to add more typefaces and services in the future, so let us know what you’d like to see!

Will Typecast support relative units (ems and %) as well as absolute units (px)
Definitely. We think relative units are the way forward, and hope Typecast will save you having to worry about the scary maths they can require.

Will Typecast help me design to a baseline grid?
We included a very basic baseline grid feature in the early prototype, but when we tested it with designers they found it more confusing than helpful. We’ll be reintroducing the baseline feature as soon as we’re sure we’ve gotten it just right.

Does Typecast support multiple font weights, true italics and kerning pairs?
Yes. Typecast uses your browser’s rendering engine to display fonts exactly the way they would appear on a live site. So if the font contains multiple weights, true italics and kerning pairs – and your browser supports them – you’ll be able to use them in Typecast!

Also, even if the font doesn’t contain multiple weights or styles you’ll still be able to render it as faux-bold and faux-italic. We won’t judge you… honest.

By Popular Demand: Another Screencast

https://twitter.com/scott_riley/status/123435878705147904

Timezones can be tricky, and we’ve heard from a lot of folks who were disappointed they weren’t able to join the screencast, so we’re going to do another one next Thursday 20th October. You lucky, lucky people.

Spaces are limited, so if you’d like to join us let us know ASAP in the comments below. Also let us know what time (and time zone) would suit you best and we’ll try and pick a time that suits most, if not all, people.

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