Lato font family updated to version 2.015

We have just released updated desk­top fonts for the Lato fam­ily (ver­sion 2.015). You can down­load them here:

  • Beta sup­port for mark attach­ment (for Latin, Cyril­lic and, to some extent, Greek).
  • Improved screen qual­ity: auto­hinted using ttfau­to­hint 1.3.

Please test these fonts exten­sively and con­tact us if you find any problems!

We have also released updated web font kits for the Lato fam­ily (ver­sion 2.015). You can down­load them here:

These fonts have the same improve­ments as the desk­top fonts. In addi­tion, they come in two fla­vors: “Lato” with full char­ac­ter set (160−640 KB per font) and “Lato­Latin” with just the Latin char­ac­ters (40−150 KB per font). The web font kits now include WOFF2, WOFF, EOT and TTF. We believe that the “ran­dom dis­ap­pear­ing char­ac­ters” prob­lem has been resolved as well!

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Lato family updated to version 2.010

We have just released updated desk­top fonts for the Lato fam­ily (ver­sion 2.010). You can down­load them here:

  • Improved some con­tour bugs and dia­crit­ics positioning.
  • Improved out­line quality.
  • Revised OTL fea­tures so that they will work in browsers.
  • Improved screen qual­ity: auto­hinted using ttfau­to­hint 1.1.
  • Updated Medium weight to pro­vide more visual dif­fer­ence from Regular.

Please test these fonts exten­sively and con­tact us if you find any problems!

Note that the web­font down­loads avail­able here are still in the older 2.007 ver­sion. We’re work­ing on updat­ing them. In the mean­time, you can use the FontSquir­rel gen­er­a­tor to con­vert the new 2.010 desk­top fonts to web­fonts. Also, it’ll take some time before the fonts appear in web­font ser­vices such as Google Fonts or Adobe TypeKit.

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Lato 1.105 released!

We have just released Lato 1.105:

  • The down­load archive now con­tains an “OTF” sub­folder with the Lato fonts in Open­Type PS for­mat, and a “TTF” sub­folder with the fonts in Open­Type TT format.
  • The OTF fonts have been auto­hinted using the Adobe autohinter
  • The TTF fonts have been auto­hinted using ttfau­to­hint 0.95
  • Most desk­top users will prob­a­bly pre­fer to use the OTF version
  • The fam­ily nam­ing has been adjusted for bet­ter com­pat­i­bil­ity with Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac
  • Please do not install both the OTF and the TTF vari­ants on your computer!

To down­load Lato 1.105, please click on the “DOWNLOAD ZIP” link in the right column.

 

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Lato version 1.104 released!

We have just released Lato ver­sion 1.104.

With the release of ver­sion 1.103 over a week ago, I wrote:

We decided to “split” the release. The fonts intended for peo­ple to down­load and use in desk­top appli­ca­tions were to be FontLab-​​​​autohinted while the fonts that should be deployed at Google Web Fonts should use ttfautohint.

Ver­sion 1.104 makes the split­ting unnec­es­sary. Now we just have one com­mon ver­sion which works well every­where: it ren­ders nicely in Win­dows grayscale, Win­dows ClearType, Mac OS X, iOS and in Adobe appli­ca­tions. We’ve helped Werner Lem­berg to fix the bugs in ttfau­to­hint, so it is no longer “ttfau­toshred”, and we could use it to pro­duce ver­sion 1.104.

You can down­load ver­sion 1.104 by click­ing on the down­load link on the right of this page. Enjoy!

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Lato version 1.103 released!

Has it ever hap­pened to you that you thought you knew how to fix a prob­lem, done every­thing right on the way, and ended up with a result that is wrong?

Here’s the thing: when we first pre­pared the Lato fonts for the release on Google Web Fonts in Decem­ber 2010, we used the hint­ing tools avail­able in Font­Lab Stu­dio to fine-​​tune the family’s screen appear­ance. With the mas­sive num­ber of styles avail­able in Lato, and the tight dead­line, we couldn’t do man­ual hint­ing for every glyph, so we ended up doing so-​​called “con­trolled auto­hint­ing”. The results were quite OK, but not amazing.

In Sep­tem­ber 2011, we revis­ited the Lato fam­ily: we added the dia­crit­i­cal char­ac­ters for the Pol­ish lan­guage (since both Łukasz and myself are Pol­ish, it seemed odd to release an open­source fam­ily that included char­ac­ters for French or Ger­man but not for our native tongue.) We also wanted to make use of the new ttfau­to­hint library by Werner Lem­berg, which promised very good appear­ance on Win­dows grayscale and ClearType dis­play set­tings. It turned out that indeed — apart from the Hair­line and Light weights — fonts processed with ttfau­to­hint looked bet­ter. So far so good. Ver­sion 1.100 was released.

In the last month, how­ever, we dis­cov­ered that while ttfau­to­hint pro­duces good results in Win­dows web browsers, the hint­ing code embed­ded into the fonts causes seri­ous ren­der­ing prob­lems when the font is used in desk­top appli­ca­tions, specif­i­cally in Adobe Cre­ative Suite appli­ca­tions: Illus­tra­tor and InDe­sign. The prob­lems were espe­cially vis­i­ble when the text set in Lato was con­verted to out­lines. I even coined the term “ttfau­toshred” for the funky results:

Lato in Adobe Illus­tra­tor CS5

Now — we had a dilemma: fonts made with Font­Lab Stu­dio auto­hint­ing did not look as good on screen, but were very reli­able in desk­top appli­ca­tions, while fonts processed with ttfau­to­hint per­formed poorly in desk­top appli­ca­tions but looked well in web browsers. Of course ttfau­to­hint is a library that’s being actively devel­oped by Werner, and at some point I’m sure the bugs will be ironed out and these prob­lems will no longer occur. But what should we do now?

We decided to “split” the release. The fonts intended for peo­ple to down­load and use in desk­top appli­ca­tions were to be FontLab-​​autohinted while the fonts that should be deployed at Google Web Fonts should use ttfau­to­hint.

So yes­ter­day, I’ve done all the steps of split­ting the fam­ily and mak­ing two sep­a­rate ver­sions, and released ver­sion 1.102. Great — but there was one thing. What I thought were the FontLab-​​autohinted fonts turned out to be… the ttfautohint-​​processed fonts. Which I then processed again with ttfau­to­hint to make the “real” web ver­sion. So yes: I had two ver­sions, one for “desk­top down­loads” and one for Google Web Fonts, and the process to turn one into another was clean and nice, but in the end, I started off with the wrong data so both ver­sions ended up being the “shreddy” ones.

Well — today I real­ized this, so I made sure that what I think I was look­ing at really was what I was look­ing at, and re-​​released the fam­ily as ver­sion 1.103. Which works.

So if you’d like to use Lato in desk­top appli­ca­tions, you should go to the Down­load sec­tion and grab the lat­est release.

Over.

Update: ver­sion 1.104 no longer makes the split nec­es­sary. One and the same font works well on the web and in all desk­top applications!

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Lato version 1.102 released!

We just released ver­sion 1.102 of the Lato fam­ily. You can down­load the fonts now.

This ver­sion is a tech­ni­cal fix: it no longer causes prob­lems with Adobe CS apps, and includes some basic Open­Type Lay­out fea­tures (liga, case and sups). This release is tar­geted espe­cially for users who want to use Lato in desk­top applications.

UPDATE: Ver­sion 1.102 still does cause the same prob­lems. It has since been resolved, so get the newest version!

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