Phil, thanks for the suggestion. Great idea, and we will give it some serious thought here. Keep in mind that not all Adobe fonts on Font Folio are currently available on Typekit, although the collection is still growing. So it's not a perfect solution but your point is well taken.
I believe it would be a solution. Designers long term wish to use @fontface method of embedding fonts into a website. I'm aware that this 'downloads' the font to the users machine so this is why you don't allow that technique. Is there anyway adobe could support this method from say a typekit server without the user being able to keep the file? Maybe attach an expiry on the file so as soon as the browser session is over - the file deletes? and if a user attempts to copy the file before the browser session is closed the file won't work outside of the "temp" folder. Or use some other technique?
There are other methods of embedding your font's into a webpage - cufon and flash embedding being one, but the quality is lacking, it's not any use for search engines presenting this "hacky" way and apparantly someone has hacked one of these methods so that the initial file can be re-constructed, and the user ends up with an accurate represention of the font. Anybody who is going to download and keep the font will probably pirate font folio and have all of you're fonts illegally anyway, so it's only your legal customers suffering from the restrictions.
@fontface is the future - it would be in Adobe's benefit to find a solution to this. If not for your sake then for you're customers.
Have any techniques of serving the fonts using the @fontface method from a typekit server been discussed, like an expiry date of the file served?
"Is there anyway adobe could support this method from say a typekit server without the user being able to keep the file?"
It sounds like what you're describing is how Typekit works today. But perhaps I misunderstand.
That's super news if typekit works like that. I thought it was some canvas, js or flash based tech. Do you think it would be possible to forward the account request for all fontfolio owners to the relevant manager?
It would be great if this could happen.It would encourage web & graphic designers to purchase the font folio if a premium typekit account comes as part of the deal.
Many thanks for replying
Phil, I am the relevant manager (one of them); sorry to not mention that earlier. Go check out Typekit... you can sign up for a free account and get started immediately. It utilizes @font-face and all the relevant web standards -- along with some magic of its own.
Technical Product Manager, Type
Adobe Systems, Inc.
I've just signed up to have a look around typekit. It looks fantastic, however the fonts i want to use are not included in the free version.
My favourite fonts are ITC Avant Garde, Futura, Helvetica, Americana, Clarendon LT... I think most designers would appreciate some of these commonly used fonts. It would be nice to add some of these fonts to the typekit package.
So in summary there's already a service offering the tech - minus some essential design fonts. What about a typekit package called font-folio owners? This gives full access to all fonts that have been purchased. Probably worth mentioning while i'm here that I don't think designers are aware that a single user licence of font folio can be purchased. I phoned up Adobe direct to ask if you had any plans to release one, much to my surprise you'd just started offering the deal.
I don't think it would do any harm if you promoted the single user licence on adobe.com and typekit.com - from scouring the internet forums freelance designers are unaware and would love it.
Sorry about the manager comment, I didn't realise you were one. Since you have the influence to make this happen what about that font folio package on typekit or full access to professional typekit package?
Edit: Also just noticed a pre-existing feature of importing purchased fonts - maybe this method would be quicker and easier to implement a font folio option?
I'm excited about the potential of typekit now.
Hi Chris, do you think it is probable that a import font folio fonts will be added under > browser fonts > purchased fonts? I apologise if I sound eager, however I'm about to start a freelance web business and having this as an option for me would be a wonderful help just at the right time.
Hi Phil. Sorry, we can't comment on future product plans. Thanks again, though, for your input.
Is the Adobe ID now working with Typekit the first stage in integrating the services? I hope so. Would be fantastic to see Adobe users being able to benefit from their purchases online in services like Typekit.
I keep looking for that Adobe foundry "Font Folio" option on https://typekit.com/fonts?collection=purchased for users who have purchased font folio.
I live in hope.