Tryout: Beyond Test-Driving

15th May 2014 by
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Just in time for the TYPO Berlin 2014 conference, we’re releasing a first version of our upcoming Tryout feature on next.fontshop.com.

At the moment, it’s a disarmingly simple-looking beta that works only with webfonts*, but the initial preview version already takes you well beyond the scope of traditional live font-rendering.

What’s the Difference?

Though it looks like a blank page at first glance, the initial Tryout feature is in fact a powerful design tool. It’s a functioning layout template where you can create, delete, change and combine your rendered font samples freely. With its useful range of tools, you can play with the rendered font samples, changing their point sizes, line spacing and text alignment, and you can also change the colors of the text and background. You can design anything you want, using any webfonts of your choice. And every designer knows that a blank page is not just an empty space, but a wide open universe, full of unlimited potential. To start creating your own rendered layouts, just select the family of your choice, then click on the “Tryout” button.

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Sharing is Collaboration

Naturally, you can “share” your designs with as many people as you like. But here’s a refreshing new twist: in our Tryout feature, “sharing” also means “collaborating”. Once you’ve “shared” your design with a person or a group, they can also edit it and send you back their changed versions, allowing you to work jointly on any design. This is not only extremely practical for professional use, it’s also a great opportunity for users to bounce around ideas and inspire each other. To try this feature, just create a design in the Tryout page, then click the “Share” button—and let the fun begin!

More in the Works

In upcoming versions, you can look forward to more Tryout templates, tailored for practical use-cases such as blog designs, book texts or websites. Soon you’ll also be able to browse them for new families, work with your “favorited” items, upload images and test out the finer capabilities of the fonts, such as OpenType features and much more.

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Once you’ve tried it out, please do send us your feedback, as this continues to help shape the further development of the website.

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