Special Characters on Springboard?

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    ArtOfWarfare

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    Does anyone know what special characters are available for apps to display on springboard?

    I'd like it if I could have a capital cursive E as part of my app's title. I've found Cambria Math has the exact character I want, but that font isn't on the iPhone.

    Suggestions?
     
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    I'm a little confused here. You talk about characters then talk about a specific font. Is there a Unicode character that represents what you want regardless of font? If not I suspect the answer is you can't do it as the font used cannot be changed and worse Apple could change it at any time...
     
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    Your app icon is an image. You can put text in the icon if it makes sense.
     
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    ArtOfWarfare

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    The Unicode character appears in the font I mentioned, but as far as I can see it appears as a non-printing block in any other font.

    I'm just wondering if there are any limits on which glyphs I can use on springboard. What font does it use, anyways?
     
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    You can use any Unicode character but obviously if it's not in the font used that won't display. What is the Unicode character code you are using? I think the font used is Helvetica.
     
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    ArtOfWarfare

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    I was able to find glyphs similar to most of the ones I wanted in Helvetica except this one:
    U+1D4F5 ("MATHEMATICAL BOLD SCRIPT SMALL L")

    All I want is a cursive L (lowercase) that'll appear on springboard.
     
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    dejo

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    Why the need to display non-standard characters for your app's display name?
     
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    robbieduncan

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    Maybe it'll look cool?
     
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    ArtOfWarfare

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    Exactly. I'm trying to make a game and I want to set a particular mood from the moment it's installed on device. I'm not planning on actually selling it on the app store with the name written the same way, as I suspect that:

    1 - Apple would reject it
    2 - Users wouldn't be able to find it through search.

    As far as I can tell, Helvetica doesn't seem to have a single lowercase cursive variation on l... I just want a tall right-side up loop (loop on top, tails on bottom.) A lowercase theta looks pretty good but seems to be missing from Helvetica...
     
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    I think you're trying too hard.

    If potential customers can't find your app through search, any "mood" that might be set is never gonna happen, because they can't find it.

    If your English-speaking customers don't know what to call your app when they tell friends, you're undermining your own potential sales. The likelihood that an average customer will recognize and correctly tell a potential customer to use "lowercase theta" is within epsilon-squared of zero.

    I don't know anyone so easily manipulated that their mood is shattered, fractured, or even mildly attenuated simply because the textual name of the app doesn't contain cool math characters. Lowercase omega, capital tau, digamma.
     
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    I think it's "Helvetica Neue Bold" or "Helvetica Neue".
     
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    ArtOfWarfare

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    I mentioned that I wouldn't use the stylized name in the store, just on springboard. On the store it'll be plain Latin text - on springboard it'll be whatever characters I find that springboard will display that must looks like the characters in the font used in the app.

    The Greek profanity was uncalled for. It's more than just being cool and setting the atmosphere - the title of the game (it's a game I'm making - I don't think I mentioned that, yet) itself has a puzzle hidden in it for the player. There's no real need for the player to solve it other than so they can say, "Oh, that's neat" when they realize what I did.
     
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    I actually think it's quite a nice idea. Even without the puzzle it's the sort of thing that will make a user go "wow, how did they do that" when the install the app.
     
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    dejo

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    Having non-standard characters in the app name on springboard is certainly do-able (to a certain extent, I'm guessing). For example, VH1's I Love The 80's Trivia app uses the expected heart-symbol in place of the word Love, as seen in the screenshot attached. This adds a nice touch to app icon.
     

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    It would be nice to work out the exact
    width of the title string for each device
    before it truncates the title on the springboard.

    Then a little program could be written to tell
    you whether a title will fit or not.
     
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    ArtOfWarfare

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    I didn't realize it differed from device to device... It's probably not an issue with my app as the name is only four characters long.
     
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    dejo

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    Depends on the string, too, because the font is using proportional spacing.
     
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    Length of the string once printed... should be found with this:
    Code:
        CGContextShowTextAtPoint(context, 0, 0, string, stringlength);
        pointwidth =CGContextGetTextPosition(context);
    
    The iPad retina prints wider than the iPhone 5.
    "Replenishment" fits on the iPad, but not he iPhone 5.
     

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