[ALL PHONES] Helvetica Neue Fonts

Discussion in 'MIUI Mods' started by dphase, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. dphase

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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
     
  2. cayniarb

    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
     
  3. evoooo

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    Is it just me or does it look no different?
     
  4. dphase

    dphase<b>Forum Donator</b>

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    These are very very similar. Google "helvetica vs arial"
     
  5. BLOCKMONSTER

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    Font is nice but it some apps/widgets, the font is too big for it. Any way to get a smaller version?
     
  6. PantsOnFire

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    Can anyone package this into a flashable zip?
     
  7. dubluv17

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    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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  8. fabioccoelho

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    Try follow commands:

    adb root shell
    adb remount

    [ ]´s
     
  9. MarkHUK

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    Thanks for the .ttf's dphase :)

    Mark
     
  10. dubluv17

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    Re: Re: [ALL PHONES] Helvetica Neue Fonts

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

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  11. fabioccoelho

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    Re: Re: Re: [ALL PHONES] Helvetica Neue Fonts

    You're welcome ;)

    Sent from my Nexus One using Tapatalk
     
  12. hairshoes

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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
     
  13. DBB

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    Thank you! This was definitely needed, now it doesn't look like a Windows 95 wannabe anymore! :D
     
  14. mrmylanman

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    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.
     
  15. Paradox

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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?
     
  16. fiddlestix

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    cant open this font in windows.. is it broken or different kind of ttf format?
     
  17. Bruce

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    Thanks for posting these fonts. They look very good on my Nexus One.
     
  18. BoscoTM

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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
     
  19. jamesa9911

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    could try spare parts, allows you to select a font size
     
  20. EndlessDissent

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    Nah. The font size setting in Spare Parts only applies to Spare Parts itself, not the rest of the phone.
     
  21. ronaldkh

    @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!
     
  22. skuum

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    Is there anyway to install this font on a easier way? For us who done now how to adb push, and dont want to learn ;) ?
     
  23. EndlessDissent

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    He posted a .mtz a few posts before yours.
     
  24. KGBoston

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  25. osully

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    Can we have this resized to not cut off?

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