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LGM 2013: Fonts of DOOM

LGM 2013: Fonts of DOOM

Real time collaboration in FontForge, by Dave Crossland and Ben Martin

Video: http://medialab-prado.es/article/fonts_of_doom & http://youtu.be/xvSWVuauFVI

DOOM was released 20 years ago and instantly became one of the most important and influential computer games of all time. This was not only thanks to its breakthrough graphics but also its multiplayer network game mode. Since then many games have offered a mode where game-world state is shared across the network in real-time, and some of the most compelling gameplay involves players cooperating in teams.

Real time collaboration frees designers from having to shuffle data from person to person when working together, such as with distributed version control systems. VCS are excellent for slow paced development over the Internet, but become cumbersome in a fast-paced face-to-face studio environment. Yet unlike games, most graphics applications (free and proprietary) lack such features.

We demonstrated a new feature in FontForge for real time collaboration, and explained at a high level how it works.

http://libregraphicsmeeting.org/2013/program/

Dave Crossland

April 10, 2013
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  1. Fonts of
    DOOM
    Real Time Collaboration in FontForge

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  2. Dave Crossland Ben Martin
    British
    Font Consultant, MA
    Google Fonts
    Crafting Type
    Demanding features in
    FontForge since 2006
    Australian
    Computer Scientist, PhD
    libferris
    OASIS change tracking
    Implementing features in
    FontForge since 2012

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  3. 1993

    Wow Graphics

    Record Demos

    Easy Hotkeys

    Deathmatch

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  4. 2013

    Preview `

    Save Undos & Revisions

    Easy Hotkeys

    Collaboration

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  5. How Ben Did It

    FontForge C style

    ZemoMQ
    www.zeromq.org

    Technical details
    - tomorrow

    Interactivos?'13
    - next 2 weeks
    Ø

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  6. 2013

    GitHub
    github.com/fontforge/fontforge

    GNU+Linux packages
    Open Build Service

    Mac package

    Crashes less

    New websites
    fontforge.github.com
    design with fontforge.com

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  7. Thank you
    very much!
    Changa
    Creepster
    Dancing Script

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