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Gentium — News

Victor Gaultney, 2014-10-28

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‘Thank you for this fantastic font set — fantastic both in its purpose and in its appearance and usability!’

‘Finally I can include Greek characters in my English papers without looking typographically schizophrenic!’


2014.10.28

Gentium Plus font released.

Version 5.000 of the Gentium Plus font has been released - This is a major update that includes official Unicode codepoints for all PUA characters which were added to Unicode 6.1 and 7.0. Many new Latin and Cyrillic character were added. Stylistic Sets and Characters Variants were added.

2011.08.25

Gentium Plus font released.

Version 1.506 of the Gentium Plus font has been released - This is a minor update that includes official Unicode codepoints for all PUA characters which were added to Unicode 5.2 and 6.0. No new characters were added.

2011.06.24

Gentium (original) license updated to SIL Open Font License version 1.1.

The original Gentium font has now been re-released under the current version of the SIL Open Font License.

2010.11.18

Gentium Plus font released.

Version 1.504 of the new Gentium Plus font has been released - this is a minor update to the font which fixes a bug: in Microsoft Office applications when typing in Cyrillic using Gentium Plus, the application would change to a different font.

Release of Gentium Plus Compact for people who wish to have a tighter line spacing.

2010.11.01

Gentium Plus font released.

Version 1.502 of the new Gentium Plus font has been released - Regular and Italic. 'Plus' indicates the additional features that were not in Gentium: the character set now matches our Charis SIL and Doulos SIL fonts with the additional Greek coverage that has always been in Gentium, as well as OpenType and Graphite support.

2010.09.01

Gentium Plus test font released.

A public test version of the new Gentium Plus font has been released - Regular and Italic. 'Plus' indicates the additional features that were not in Gentium: the character set now matches our Charis SIL and Doulos SIL fonts with the additional Greek coverage that has always been in Gentium, as well as OpenType and Graphite support.

2008.04.04

Gentium Basic and Gentium Basic Book released.

Final versions of the two new Gentium font families have been released - Gentium Basic and Gentium Book Basic. Both families include regular, italic, bold and bold italic weights, with Gentium Book Basic being overall heavier than original Gentium. 'Basic' refers to the character set, which is limited to only basic Latin characters plus a variety of the most common extended Latin letters and diacritics. More info and download link

2007.11.13

Gentium Basic and Gentium Basic Book released in first test version.

Two new font families have joined the Gentium family - Gentium Basic and Gentium Book Basic. Both families include regular, italic, bold and bold italic weights, with Gentium Book Basic being overall heavier than original Gentium. 'Basic' refers to the character set, which is limited to only basic Latin characters plus a variety of the most common extended Latin letters and diacritics. More info and download link

2005.11.28

Gentium released under the SIL Open Font License.

Gentium has now been re-released under a license that permits modification and redistribution - the SIL Open Font License. This is an exciting new development that will give great freedom to people who find Gentium useful, and the freedom to extend the font if needed.

2004.01.09

Gentium for GNU/Linux released!

Thanks to the work of Nicolas Spalinger and a few helpful beta testers, the first release of Gentium specifically for GNU/Linux distributions is now online! The fonts themselves are identical to the 1.01 Windows release from September 2003, but have been been packaged with configuration information to make installation easier. See the Gentium Linux page.

2003.11.19

Interview with Gentium designer on LISA site

An interview with Gentium’s designer is one of the articles in the most recent  LISA Globalization Insider Report. In addition to information on Gentium, there is also some discussion of Unicode, smart rendering issues, and the future of multilingual computing. The article is also available on this site .

2003.10.31

Gentium FAQ expanded and updated

The FAQ now covers more questions and has answers to almost all the questions we’ve received. Check here before writing us, as you’ll get useful information more quickly!

2003.09.19

Transfer of Gentium to SIL International becomes public

Gentium has now been embraced by  SIL International. SIL plans to continue its development under the guidance of its designer,  Victor Gaultney, and with the help of Annie Olsen and other members of the SIL NRSI team. It will remain freely available. Expansion of the glyph set to include more extended Latin glyphs, archaic Greek symbols, and full Cyrillic script support is the next step. Work on this has already begun, but the results will not be available for a few months. Addition of bold and bold italic faces will follow.

Maintenance release (1.01) of Gentium posted

Version 1.01 of Gentium has been posted to the new Gentium site. This is a maintenance release focused on changing the font name and other font information to reflect the changeover to an SIL project. There is only one bug fix - the greek mu PS name was changed to try and fix a display/printing problem.

New Gentium SIL site debuts

As part of Gentium's transition from an academic research effort to an SIL project, the Gentium web site has been moved into SIL's Computers and Writing Systems site: scripts.sil.org. The content and structure of the new site is similar to the original, although the design is different. New information has also been added.

2003.07.18

Design characteristics of Gentium highlighted at  TypeCon 2003.

2003.03.07

Gentium is a winner of the  TDC2003 Type Design Competition.

2003.01.17

Gentium was exhibited as part of the bukva:raz! exhibit at the UN Headquarters Main Lobby, 17 Jan - 13 Feb, 2002.

2002.10.22

Some of the research behind Gentium, including a dissertation on diacritic design, is available on Victor Gaultney’s  academic site.

2002.09.22

‘Multitudinous Alphabets’ essay, discussing the design of extended Latin typefaces (like Gentium), was presented at the ATypI-Roma conference.

2002.09.16

First public release of Gentium posted.

2001.12.05

Gentium is one of the winners of the bukva:raz! international type design competition.

2000.12.24

Design drawings begun.


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