Practically since the typewriter was invented, typestyles have been created to emulate typewriter type. But it took ITC to develop ITC American Typewriter™, the first design that looks like typewriter type but performs with all the power of a typographic font.
ITC American Typewriter
The ITC American Typewriter™ typeface was released in 1974 to mark the 100th anniversary of the invention of the office typewriter – at a time when the machine was still the primary device for creating office communication. The design goal was to create a typeface that retained the unmistakable look of typewriter type, while overcoming its inherent flaws of marginalized legibility and poor readability in text settings. The long-term success of ITC American Typewriter attests to the achievement of that goal.
The design strikes a happy compromise with its office forerunner. It does away with the typewriter’s rigid spacing (which assigns the same amount of space to a lowercase “i” as it does to a capital “W”). And while the letterforms of ITC American Typewriter are clearly influenced by a typewriter font, they are far more legible and ultimately more readable than any standard typewriter output.
In the years since its initial release, ITC American Typewriter has become a mainstay of typographic communication. When first announced, the family was available only for use on photocomposition equipment. Today, it has elegantly made the transition to digital imagesetters and is part of the standard font suite in operating systems – ITC American Typewriter can even be found on mobile phones.
Offering the best of both worlds – friendly, familiar and the same time sophisticated – ITC American Typewriter is a typographic asset. Now the family is available as a suite of OpenType Pro fonts, allowing graphic communicators to use this versatile design while taking advantage of OpenType’s capabilities. These fonts, in addition to providing for the automatic insertion of ligatures and alternate characters, also offer an extended character set supporting most Central European and many Eastern European languages.
Licenses for desktop fonts
A typical desktop font EULA will allow you to install the font on your computer for use with authoring tools including word processors, design tools and other applications that permit font selection. Fonts can also be used for creation of print documents, static images (JPEG, TIFF, PNG) and logos. The cost of a desktop font license is determined by the number of workstations on which the font is to be used.View the desktop EULA for this family
Licenses for Fonts.com Web Fonts subscriptions
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Licenses for mobile apps
A mobile app license permits the embedding of the font into the iOS, Android or Windows RT mobile platforms. Licenses are platform-specific meaning a separate license is required for each platform the font is embedded into. Licenses remain valid for the total operating life of the app and a new license is not required to cover free updates to the app.Learn more about licenses for mobile apps
Licenses for electronic publications (eBooks)
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Server licenses authorize the installation of a font on a server that is accessed by remote users or website visitors. These licenses are commonly used by Web-based businesses providing goods that are personalized by its users such as business cards, images with captions and personalized merchandise. Users are not allowed to download the font file and the font may not be used outside the server environment. The font may not be employed for a software as a service (SaaS) application in which the service is the actual product and not the means of providing the product. Server licenses cover a set number of CPU cores on production servers (development servers are not counted) on which the font is installed. The license is valid for 1 year.Learn more about server licenses