[ALL PHONES] Helvetica Neue Fonts


dphase

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Nov 7, 2010
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Everyone designer worth their salt knows Arial is a cheap hack off of Helvetica. Currently, MIUI is using Arial. Overall, it looks ok, minus a few spot (most notably the time in the notification bar). Apple tweaked the Helvetica Neue font for iPhone 4 to render perfectly on high density mobile devices. I've pulled the font from iPhone and made it available for Android. Simple extract the files to a directory and push into /system/fonts.

Ex from with the extracted dir:
Code:
adb push . /system/fonts
To make things easier, I've renamed the fonts to Arial so it will overwrite the existing fonts. This is a much simpler solution as opposed to editing styles.xml.

Link to comparison screenshots: http://ghost.xzibition.com/~dphase/arial_helv.png
Link to fonts: http://dphase.net/desire/helvetica_neue.zip
 
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cayniarb

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dphase said:
Everyone designer worth their salt knows Arial is a cheap hack off of Helvetica. Currently, MIUI is using Arial. Overall, it looks ok, minus a few spot (most notably the time in the notification bar). Apple tweaked the Helvetica Neue font for iPhone 4 to render perfectly on high density mobile devices. I've pulled the font from iPhone and made it available for Android. Simple extract the files to a directory and push into /system/fonts.

Ex from with the extracted dir:
Code:
adb push . /system/fonts
To make things easier, I've renamed the fonts to Arial so it will overwrite the existing fonts. This is a much simpler solution as opposed to editing styles.xml.

Link to comparison screenshots: http://ghost.xzibition.com/~dphase/arial_helv.png
Link to fonts: http://dphase.net/desire/helvetica_neue.zip
Evo users will need to rename these fonts to 'DroidSans.' bcnice20 changed the fonts that the system looks for to DroidSans instead of Arial. The up side to this is that Evo users can now use any of fachadick's font packs: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthr ... ight=fonts
 
Nov 9, 2010
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Re: Re: [ALL PHONES] Helvetica Neue Fonts

fabioccoelho said:
dubluv17 said:
Yeah I can't get adb to work. It says it can't do it cuz it's a read only file system.

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Try follow commands:

adb root shell
adb remount

[ ]´s
Thanks man. Ill give it a shot. I tried searching but couldn't find anything.

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Nov 12, 2010
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Re: Re: Re: [ALL PHONES] Helvetica Neue Fonts

dubluv17 said:
fabioccoelho said:
dubluv17 said:
Yeah I can't get adb to work. It says it can't do it cuz it's a read only file system.

Sent from my ADR6300 using the miui-dev.com Forums App
Try follow commands:

adb root shell
adb remount

[ ]´s
Thanks man. Ill give it a shot. I tried searching but couldn't find anything.

Sent from my ADR6300 using the miui-dev.com Forums App
You're welcome ;)

Sent from my Nexus One using Tapatalk
 
Nov 13, 2010
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Hi, I read your post with interest and thought I'd try out your fonts - thanks for posting them.

Despite terminal telling me the 4 files were successfully pushed to my Desire, when I reboot, the original Arial fonts are still displayed. I also renamed the fonts to DroidSans and pushed them again (I noticed these fonts were present in my phones /system/fonts directory as well) but this didn't work either. Odd.

Any ideas what I might have done wrong?

Thanks
 
Nov 8, 2010
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#14
Helvetica and Arial look similar, don't mean to belittle you, but are you sure you know what you're looking for?

I verified that flashing new fonts with the Arial names (i.e. Arial.ttf, Arial-Bold.ttf, Arial-BoldItalic.ttf, and Arial-Italic.ttf) does work. I am currently using a completely different method and all I did was push them in adb.
 
Nov 28, 2010
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This is very nice. Thank you.

And need i say it, backup your fonts people. Sure, Arial is easy enough to find, but do you want to have to track it down again?
 
Mar 1, 2011
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For people who don't want to edit system files, I've made a .mtz font file that's usable in the theme manager. Works perfectly on 1.4.1, although some letters (I've only noticed it on lowercase g) get one or two pixels cut off the bottom in certain apps. Just download the .mtz file and place in your MIUI/theme/ folder on your sdcard.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/24657578/Helvetica Neue.mtz
 
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ronaldkh

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@BoscoTM,

You've been a great help! Thanks :)

Yeap, I noticed some slight cut on the lowercase 'g' as well. Hope you will fix it soon!