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Thursday, 17 April 2008

Another Way to Get The Consolas Font

Filed under: Software Development — Jan @ 16:17

I’ve blogged several times about great programming fonts. That includes the Consolas font, which ships with Windows Vista and is available as a download for Visual Studio 2005 users.

Today a reader pointed out to me that the Consolas font is also included with the ree PowerPoint Viewer 2007 from Microsoft. This works on any computer with Windows 2000 SP4 or Windows XP SP1 or later. In addition to the PowerPoint Viewer 2007 itself, the installer will install the following fonts: Calibri, Cambria, Candara, Consolas, Constantia and Corbel. Only the Consolas font is monospaced. These are all fonts that ship with Windows Vista but not with earlier versions of Windows. These are not all the new fonts in Vista, however. Notably absent is Segoe UI, the new default font for application interfaces.

Note that just like software, fonts are copyrighted. So you can’t just share them without a license to do so. That’s why you can only get Consolas as a download from Microsoft, or preinstalled with Vista.

If you want free monospaced fonts, try Envy Code R or Bitstream Vera Sans Mono. Vera Sans Mono is my personal favorite.

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