The Lucida® Sans Font Family features a strong clean style reminiscent of traditional Roman letterforms. It is one of the original “super families” and to this day it is still one of the largest font families. With its large x-height and open spacing the Lucida Sans font brings a human look to the Lucida font family.
Lucida Sans History
The Lucida Font Family is an extended family of fonts designed by Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes in 1985. This family of fonts was designed specifically for medium and low-resolution digital printers and displays. The Lucida Sans Font is a family of the sans-serif variants of the Lucida Font Family designed to complement the Lucida Serif fonts. It includes Lucida Grande, Lucida Sans Typewriter and Lucida Sans Unicode.
Lucida Grande and Lucida Sans Typewriter were both replaced by Lucida Console on the Microsoft Windows system. The Lucida Sans Unicode was designed in 1993 and was the first Unicode encoded font. It shipped with the Microsoft Windows NY 3.1 system.
Lucida Sans Usage
The Lucida Sans DemiBold font is used in the Apple Mac OS X operating system and in the program Front Row. The even lettering style makes it an ideal font for the fine lettering in directories and is widely used in parts lists, business correspondence and newsletters. The open strong design makes it ideal for faxes, low resolution printing and reversed-out half-tones. It is also widely used in a variety of office documents. A TrueType version is provided free with the Microsoft Office Value Pak.
Lucida Sans is a popular font for websites and can be found on Zenhabits, Mashable, Lifehacker, CrunchGear and Thinkprogress blog sites. Of the top fifty blog sites surveyed by smashingmagazine.com, 24% used a form of Lucida Sans font on their sites.
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.
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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.
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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.
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