How to find out what font is used on a website?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Souljas, Aug 16, 2006.

  1. Souljas macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2004
    Does anyone know if there is any software or a way to find out what type of font is used on a website?

  2. Lau Guest

    What website is it? It's a bit harder if it's Flash, but if it's built using html you can right click and "View Source" and it will be in there somewhere. If you can post a link to the site we can probably tell you the font and how to find the font in that type of website in the future. :)
  3. Souljas thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2004
    thanks for the reply, the page source does work just need to find it....a pretty normal font..

    the font I am looking for is the 'ENGLISH' link under the logo.

  4. Lau Guest

    Ah, you see how if you right click over the "English" link, it says a load of stuff about Zoom In, and Macromedia Flash Player 9, unfortunately when you see that it usually means the site (or at least the part you want to see) is in Flash, so I don't think there's a way to get in and see the files.

    However, I could be wrong as the text is small and fuzzy, but have you had a look at Myriad? It looks remarkably similar, and may well be close enough for your needs. :) I think, although I could be wrong, that it should come with your Mac.
  5. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    Don't think you can find out what font's in a Flash file, but on that site it looks like something very plain like Arial.
  6. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    WhatTheFont is a great site...I zoomed in on the text, took a screenshot and uploaded it to WhatThe Font. All the hits are variations of Gill Sans, which basically all look identical to me.

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  7. Lau Guest

    Hmm, I don't think it's Arial, because the "G" is really round in Arial. Myriad looks close to me, but I'm not 100% sure, it's a bit more elongated. Close though.

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    Having said that, any simple font like Arial would get a pretty similar effect at that size if you haven't got Myriad.

    Edit: WildCowboy, yes, Gill Sans is definitely close too:

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  8. pianoman macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    i don't think myriad comes pre-installed on macs. it is, however, loaded on many (if not all) of the demo computers in the apple store (at least where i live). now i'm not condoning stealing fonts, as i got myriad from a friend, but those computers access the internet, which i understand is very good for accessing e-mail.

    that said, i don't think that font is myriad. i think you should send an e-mail to the webmaster. i can't imagine why s/he wouldn't send over the font name.
  9. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    Good idea, I'm so used to people just including raster images in flash documents...

    I was just guessing at that small size. Didn't look like Myriad to me, but actually it's kind of distorted so it doesn't make a perfect match with any of the aforementioned typefaces. If you zoom in it looks to be just about any of them. But indeed, any plain sans-serif would produce a similar effect.

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