Help

  • Buying fonts

  • General questions

  • Font licensing

  • Technical Issues

  • How do I buy a font?

    Choose a typeface you would like to purchase and click on the blue Buy this font button on its page. You will be offered the option to select individual typefaces or complete packages.

    Add your purchases to your cart, check out, and choose one of the payment methods. You can pay by credit card and download the fonts instantly, or by bank transfer, (fonts will be accessible once the transfer is complete). Bank transfers can take a few days, so please allow for the processing time.

  • Who should buy fonts, the client or designer?

    Fonts are software, which means that everyone who uses them needs to have a licence. If a designer is making a poster for a client, it is the designer (end user), not the client, who needs to buy a font licence. If clients wish to use the fonts as well, then they too need to buy their own licences.

  • Discounts

    ITF offers volume discounts on larger font orders. When you select a complete package of our fonts, the price is significantly lower than when you buy the same fonts separately.

    We also offer discounts when the total price of the order exceeds INR 25,000. For orders between INR 25,000 and INR 35,000 we offer a 10% volume discount. For orders between INR 35,000 and INR 45,000 the discount is 15%, for orders over INR 45,000 it is 20%, and for orders over INR 60,000 it is 25%.

    We offer a separate educational discounts for students, teachers and schools.

  • Payment methods

    The easiest and fastest way to pay is by credit card online and direct downloading of the fonts.

    If you don’t have a credit card, you can also pay by direct bank transfer (bank wire).

    We do accept cheques.

    At the moment we don’t accept PayPal.

  • Educational Discount

    If your organization meets our criteria for “Qualified Educational Users,” it is eligible to ITF educational discount programme.

    Schools, educational institutions
    The school needs to be institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency nationally recognized by the Indian government. ITF provides a significant discount covering all academic users. Please provide precise numbers of the teachers, staff and students that are expected to work with the fonts.

    ITF requires the educational partner to hold an hour long presentation for all the intended users where process of creating fonts is explained in an inspiring and informative way. The idea for this obligatory presentation is to illustrate the value of typography. ITF will deliver the presentation in PDF format. 

    Teachers
    Must work full- or part-time at qualifying educational institutions.

    Students
    Must be enrolled full- or part-time students at qualified educational institutions. ITF will require a copy of the student ID, and signing of the special student licence agreement.

    Examples of entities not eligible for educational discounts:

    • Non-accredited schools
    • Training centers
    • Non-Indian residents or educational facilities

    Contact us for more information and price estimates.

  • Return policy

    Fonts after downloading are not returnable or refundable. Fonts may be returned or exchanged only if they are defective and we are notified within 7 days of the order. If there is a problem with your order, let us know within 24 hours of purchase, and we will attempt to remedy the situation.

  • Who is ITF?

    The Indian Type Foundry (ITF) was established in 2009 by Satya Rajpurohit and Peter Bilak to create and market fine quality typefaces for the Indian market and global world. ITF specialises in developing retail and custom Unicode-compliant digital fonts.

    Besides designing typefaces, ITF also serves as an educational platform for typography. ITF is committed to organising lectures and workshops, as well as to actively promoting the publishing and exchanging of ideas. The intention is to give the same attention to Indian typography as Latin typography has received in the last few decades.

  • Internships

    ITF accepts two interns for the period of 3-6 months. The interns should have a strong interest in typography and basic skills with drawing letters. Experience with font production software such as FontLab, Glyphs or Robofont is a great advantage.

    If you are interested in applying for the internship at ITF, contact Satya, and send your portfolio and a letter of motivation.

    ITF office is located in Ahmadabad, Gujarat.

  • Bespoke (custom) fonts

    Custom type may include modifications of our retail fonts, creation of different language versions of our fonts, or entirely new fonts made to fit your needs.

    The price estimate for a custom typeface consists of two components: 1) development cost of the typeface, which we calculate based on the estimated time required, and 2) the licensing fee, which is determined by the clientʼs request. There are three different licensing possibilities: a non-exclusive licence (the custom typeface can be used by other people), a partially-exclusive licence (fonts are exclusive only for a limited period of time, e.g. 2 or 5 years), or an exclusive licence (the client buys out the rights to the fonts forever). In general, we recommend partial exclusivity, as it is the most economic solution. Visual identities tend to change after a couple of years, so buying all rights to a typeface is rather costly if the fonts will only be used for a few years.

    For more information please get in touch.

  • What is a EULA?

    Like most software, fonts come with terms of use called an End User Licence Agreement (EULA). Each software developer has its own terms of use, and its EULA specifies what is and is not allowed when using the fonts. For example, the ITF EULA specifies that you can use licensed fonts for an unlimited amount of time, but you cannot give the fonts to people who donʼt have a licence to use our fonts. You must agree to the EULA before buying and using the fonts.

  • Multiple Users

    When you purchase a licence for a ITF font or package of fonts, you automatically acquire a Single-User Licence. If additional users wish to install and use the fonts, you must purchase an additional Multiple-User Licence. The price of a Multiple-User Licence varies depending on the number of users of the fonts.

    An existing font licence can be extended to any number of users. The price already paid will be subtracted from the total price, thus it doesnʼt matter if you buy a multiple-user licence right away or later.

  • What is OpenType?

    Briefly, OpenType is a font format jointly developed by Adobe and Microsoft in the late 1990ʼs. It came into wider use only after 2000, when Adobe included support for advanced typographic features in their InDesign, PhotoShop, and Illustrator applications. OpenType fonts support Unicode, which means that a single OpenType font can contain more than 65,000 glyphs. A single font could be used for setting texts in multiple languages. OpenType fonts are cross-platform; the same file can be used on Mac and PC, and OpenType fonts should behave consistently on both platforms. The biggest advantage is that OpenType fonts use Unicode standard, so the published text is always accesible, on all applications and computer platform that use Unicode.

  • What is Unicode?

    Unicode is an accepted international computer standard that includes support for all major scripts of the world and is adopted by all current major computer operating systems. It also has support for major Indic (Indian) scripts that include Devanagari (Hindi, Marathi, Sanskrit), Bengali (Bengali, Assamese), Gurmukhi (Punjabi), Gujarati, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. Unicode is the basis of most modern software internationalization. All ITF fonts are Unicode compliant. 

    Advantages of Unicode
    Documents or web pages made with Unicode text, when viewed with an appropriate program or web-browser on a computer that has support for Unicode, will always be viewed in the right script even if the font in which the documents or web-pages are made is not installed into the system.

    On the internet, only the information prepared with Unicode fonts will be properly analyzed by the search engines. Thus it will be possible to search the internet in Punjabi, if the information uses Unicode standard. This is not a small a achievement.

    In the future, no major computer company will support any other font standard. Thus, all other standards will become obsolete. Unicode allows exchanging data and documents without having to worry about fonts.

  • Unpacking the fonts

    ITF Windows font files are packaged as zip file archives. Zip file archives have a file extension of .zip. Recent versions of Windows (XP and 2000) can unpack zip file archives and self-extracting zip files when you right click on the file and select Extract. Otherwise, use software such as TurboZip, WinZip, or FreeZip to unpack these files.

  • Installing fonts in Windows Vista

    1. Make sure that the fonts you want to install are unzipped before you begin.

    2. Choose Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Fonts.

    3. Right click in the list of fonts and choose ʻInstall New Fontʼ.

    4. Locate the fonts you want to install.

    5. Select the fonts to install. To select more than one font, hold down the CTRL key while you click on the font files. If you accidentally click on a file you do not wish to install, hold down the CTRL key and click on it again to deselect it. To select a list of adjacent fonts, select the first font in the list, press the SHIFT key, then select the last font in the list. All of the fonts in between will be selected.

    6. Click OK to install the fonts.

  • Installing fonts in Windows XP and older

    1. Make sure that the fonts you want to install are unzipped before you begin.

    2. In versions prior to Windows XP, Choose Start > Settings > Control Panel. In Windows XP, choose Start > Control Panel.

    3. Double-click the Fonts folder. If you donʼt see a Fonts folder in Windows XP, please switch the control panel to Classic Mode.

    4. Choose File > Install New Font.

    5. Locate the fonts you want to install.

    6. Select the fonts to install. To select more than one font, hold down the CTRL key while you click on the font files. If you accidentally click on a file you do not wish to install, hold down the CTRL key and click on it again to deselect it. To select a list of adjacent fonts, select the first font in the list, press the SHIFT key, then select the last font in the list. All of the fonts in between will be selected.

    7. To copy the fonts to the Fonts folder, make sure the Copy fonts to the Fonts folder check box is selected. 

    8. Click OK to install the fonts.

  • Installing fonts in Mac OS X

    1. Close all open applications before installing fonts.

    2. In the Finder, open the folder or disk that contains the fonts you want to install. Make sure that they are unzipped.

    3. Select the all font files for the fonts you want to install (remember that each PostScript font requires 2 files), then double-click on any selected file. Font Book, the Mac OS font manager, will open a preview window for each font.

    4a. Drag each font to the Computer icon in the Collections pane if you want the font to be available to all user accounts on the computer.

    4b. Drag each font to the appropriate User icon if you want the font to be available exclusively to that particular user.

    4c. Alternatively, you can click the Install Font button to install the font to the default location specified in Font Book > Preferences.

    Fonts located in /UserName/Library/Fonts are available to a particular user, but not to any other users with separate logins for the same machine.

    Fonts located in /Library/Fonts are available to all local users of the machine.

    Fonts installed in /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Fonts (during installation of an Adobe application) are only available to Adobe applications. To make them available to other applications, move them to /Library/Fonts or/UserName/Library/Fonts.

    If you want fonts to be available to applications running in Classic mode, (available only on older systems) you must install fonts into the Fonts folder inside the System 9 folder. They will be available to both your Classic System 9 applications and your OS X applications.

  • Reporting a font problem

    If you have a problem with ITF fonts, try restarting your computer first. We do test our fonts rigorously, so chances are that there is a problem with font installation. If you are using a font manager and the font still doesnʼt work, try installing directly to the system instead.

    If the font still doesnʼt work, please do get in touch. Please donʼt forget to mention exactly which fonts you use, how you installed them, which platform you use them on, and which applications they donʼt work in. Providing screenshots from your computer is very helpful.

  • Using fonts in non-Unicode applications

    Some older applications use old Remington Layout of the typewriters. Those don't follow Unicode standards, and the text formated in Remington can't be used on websites or easily to be exchanged.

    ITF recommends using Unicode compliant applications. If you need to use the old font format, ITF can convert our Unicode fonts to different font format, for an additional fee.

  • How to use Unicode fonts?

    ITF designs and develops Unicode-compliant fonts. Below are some instructions for using Unicode fonts to set Devanagari texts.

    Use Unicode-compliant text editor such as OpenOffice, TextEdit, etc.

    How to use Devanagari fonts in Adobe applications:


    Using Commercial Plugins:


    IndicPlus: (Recommended)
    Compatibility: Works with Adobe InDesign CS2, CS3 and CS4 (Both Mac and PC)
    For further information on this plugin, please visit this website: 
    http://www.metadesignsolutions.com/IndicPlus.html

    World Tools
    Compatibility: Works only with Adobe InDesign CS4
    For further information on this plugin, please visit this website: 
    http://www.in-tools.com/plugin.php?p=8

    ScribeDOOR
    Alternatively you can use ScribeDOOR plugin for Adobe CS, which adds the ability to edit and treat text in 21 complex languages, including Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi, Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Bengali, Kannada and many scripts to create multilingual documents.

     

     


    Using InDesign Scripts & Scripting:


    Compatibility: Works only with Adobe InDesign CS4

    1. Download the scripts.
    2. Install the fonts.
    3. Copy the provided scripts to your InDesign's Scripts folder.

        Location on a Mac:
        Applications > Adobe InDesign CS4 > Scripts > Scripts Panel

        Location on a PC:
        Program Files > Adobe > Adobe InDesign CS4 > Scripts > Scripts Panel

    4. Open the Adobe InDesign CS4. Type in some Devanagari text using ITF fonts.
    Select the text and go to Window > Automation > Scripts.
    5. In the scripts panel, while keeping the text selected, run the script:
    rl2-assign_WR_single_composer.jsx
    or
    rl2-assign_WR_para_composer.jsx
    6. Your text should render properly now.

     

     


    Using Adobe Templates:


    Compatibility: Works with Adobe InDesign CS4, Adobe Illustrator CS4 & Adobe Photoshop CS4

    1. Download the templates.*
    2. Install the fonts.
    3. Open any of the template and use the ITF fonts within the provided text box. If you want to create a new text box, make a copy of the first text box and use it.

     

    *Download the templates here: 
        InDesign: http://www.thomasphinney.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/world-ready-indesign.zip
        Illustrator: http://www.thomasphinney.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/world-ready-illustrator.ai
        Photoshop: http://www.thomasphinney.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/world-ready-photoshop.psd

  • Devanagari keyboard

    Typing in Hindi is easy. On a Mac OSX, you'll first need to activate Devanagari keyboard.

    ActivatingDevanagariKeyboardonaMac

     

    There are two Keyboards Mac offers – Devanagari QWERTY (phonetic) and Devanagari Inscript (type writer). Phonetic keyboard is really easy to understand, it works exactly the way we type Hindi using Latin script. 

    ActivatingDevanagariKeyboardonaMac

  • Unicode vs 8-bit text input

    Some old text documents working with Indic languages use 8-bit encoding, which required to use proprietary fonts. Such fonts can only use 256 glyphs, which is not sufficient for correct rendering of Devanagari (or other 10 Indic writing scripts). The various non-standard 8-bit encodings has been rendered obsolete by Unicode, which assigns each character a unique numeric value and name. Unicode standard provides the capacity to encode all of the characters used for the written languages of the world. ITF doesn't support the legacy 8-bit formats, instead to recommends to use Unicode standards, and Unicode compliant fonts.

    The Indian government (Ministry of Communications & Information Technology) issued recommendation to use Unicode to represent Indic scripts.