Font "Terminal" for OSX?

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  1. ilnyckyj macrumors member

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    Does anyone know if there is a font equivalent to the "Terminal" font which is included with Windows?
     
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Do you have a screen shot of this font. Many people here hasn't got a PC, and I, at least, don't remember how the font in Windows command windows look like... :)

    You might try Courier (like beige matchbox suggested) or Courier New... :)

    ...or maybe VT100, the ultimate Terminal font... :p
     
  3. ilnyckyj thread starter macrumors member

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    It's not actually the font used in the microsoft terminal, the font name itself is terminal.
     
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    A link or a screen shot would still be helpful, as I don't remember the font, and I have tried Googling it and can't find it.
     
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  6. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    Why do you want it? It sounds like a horrible font choice for anything. Here's a quote from the page you linked to: "Terminal looks very different at different point sizes. Shown here are 9, 12, and 14 points."

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  7. satans_banjo macrumors regular

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    where can i get this font?
     
  8. ilnyckyj thread starter macrumors member

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    I want it to view ascii art, specifically block art. The terminal font has special characters that look like this in a normal font: € ‹ ± but in terminal they look like solid blocks, and can eventually form pictures:

    http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/commun/screenshots/scrsh_asciiArt2.gif

    So, i want to be able to look at the art in textedit, but i need the Terminal font to view it properly. I don't know of any other fonts that display those characters as blocks, but if one exists already for OS X, that would suffice.
     
  9. mrichmon macrumors 6502a

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    The "Terminal" font is a bitmapped font. Bitmapped fonts have various problems with the text quality. In particular, the characters often end up having jagged lines. This is possibly the effect that you like about the terminal font in Windows.

    As other posters have suggested, VT100 is a font on OS X that is similar. Otherwise you could use Courier. I thought VT100 was installed during the OS X install. I selected the install additional fonts option while installing OS X so maybe this option is the source of VT100.
     
  10. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    VT100 was a font that came with old Mac OS (pre-X). If you have Classic installed, you'll find it as System Folder:Fonts:VT102Font. You should be able to use Font Book or whatever font futility you prefer to get it active under OS X.
     
  11. ilnyckyj thread starter macrumors member

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    heh, and if we don't have classic installed?

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    I found the font i was looking for, however, it's only available as a .fon file. Anyone know how to convert that to something usable in OS X?

    http://www.hassings.dk/lars/fonts.html
     
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  13. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    I was looking for examples of ASCII art using extended/high/block/whatever ascii, but I can't find any. Do you have links to any examples?

    All I could find was this.
     
  14. ilnyckyj thread starter macrumors member

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  16. ilnyckyj thread starter macrumors member

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    Technically this is ANSI art.
     
  17. ilnyckyj thread starter macrumors member

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    Through slashdot, i found some people who were having the same problems as me. They wanted to use old BBSs that had ANSI art games and art, but didn't have the fonts to do it. One guy found this:

    http://www.apollosoft.de/ASCII/indexen.htm

    I downloaded and installed the font that came with it (ASCII.tff) using Font Book. It installed fine, it's in my Library/Fonts folder, and it shows up in Font Book. Preview works, along with everything else. However, the font doesn't show up in any applications. Which means even though I now have the font I need, I can't use it. The font IS activated in Font Book, and I can't figure out why it's not working in actual applications.
     
  18. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    I think that somehow that font didn't include a name. Installing it using Linotype FontExplorer, it ended up with the name "New". Odd.
     
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    You have that backwards. TrueType (ttf) is a Mac format that Windows can use.
     
  20. ilnyckyj thread starter macrumors member

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    damn, i installed it with that, and it's still not displaying like it should. In the preview in Font Book, it has the block characters, you can see them. However, they're not dispalying, and I can't figure out why.
     
  21. mrichmon macrumors 6502a

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    Fair enough. My bad. I wasn't sure if Microsoft had used a proprietary format to represent TrueType fonts as .ttf files.
     
  22. ilnyckyj thread starter macrumors member

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    Does yours show up with the white icon in FontExplorer? Every other font I have has the icon in blue, and I don't know why this one isn't.
     
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    You might be right there, ttf might be a Microsoft implementation of TrueType. I'd never considered that before.
     
  24. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    blue icons are for system fonts (in /Library etc.) and white ones are user fonts (i.e. under your home etc.)
    OS X should be happy with either flavor. I think that this particular font is just poorly encoded.

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    Okay, I've got it working. In terminal I set the font to "New", and then I went in to the inspector (Terminal->Window Settings) and set the Character Set Encoding to Western (Windows Latin 1). The exact charset may not be too important, as long as it's not UTF-8. I'm then able to cat files I downloaded from http://artscene.textfiles.com/ansi/bbs/ and, oddly, get better renderings of those files than the images on that page show :)
     

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