Mail fonts??

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Pinger, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. Pinger macrumors regular

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    I've had my iPad for over a month and just realized the iPad has no options for fonts other then the default font for mail... That's crazy!! So much for sending holiday wishes out from my iPad..
    Guess I have to go to my lowly windows 7 PC to do it :(
     
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  3. Don Kosak macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, unfortunately you need to rely on Apps or web services for that.

    I like the stationary and photo support in Mac OS X Mail. It's a shame they didn't carry that across to iOS.
     
  4. Pinger thread starter macrumors regular

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    It is a shame..
    Unfortunately the two jallenclark suggested are not quite what I was looking for although they would do perfect for holidays cards and such.. I was hoping for something that would add fonts, italics, underscoring, colored texts ect...
     
  5. coolwater macrumors 6502a

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    I am with you, OP. Maybe we will have them someday. But, Steve Jobs himself first has to feel the need - which means not in near future.
     
  6. Pinger thread starter macrumors regular

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    Really... It's a shame we have more font options posting here on Macarumors then we do using the iPads Mail application!! :)
     
  7. wyneken macrumors regular

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    I have kind of mixed feelings about this. More often than not, the e-mail I've gotten over the years that uses special formatting -- different fonts and colors and sizes and what have you -- has been junky, annoying, and hard to read. If the purpose of e-mail is to communicate information, then I prefer it to be in plain text.

    If on the other hand the purpose of e-mail is something different -- like the example given of holiday greetings -- then maybe it's best to create a PDF file (in Pages, for example) and send it as an attachment. That way it will look pretty much the same way to everyone. But this is a special case.
     
  8. lozpop macrumors 6502

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    It's also ridiculous that you can't even set a text bold or italic, or chose at least the font size.
     
  9. Tom G. macrumors 68000

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    To Coolwater,

    You are very wrong. All it really takes is for some developer to realize there is a need and write an app.
     
  10. Piggie macrumors 604

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    Unfortunately that's not the case :(

    Due to some font issues (not embedding them) or some Apple screw up, if you make a Pages doc and send it as a PDF to someone else (perhaps who owns a PC, which let's be honest if the majority of the population) it does not look right.

    The whole point of PDF (to me anyway, and I think most people) was that you created a document set out exactly the way you want, make a PDF file of it, and send it, and everyone sees the same.

    Unfortunatly Apple have screwed this up and it does not work this way using Pages.

    I found this out the very 1st day I bought pages, and it's a known and much complained about bug (I won't call it a feature) if you search :(
     
  11. Pinger thread starter macrumors regular

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    Very true Tom, although Steve Jobs does use an iPad and you would think he would realize the need for this and put one of his iPad developers on it.
    One thing about Apple is they always seemed to be user friendly, I understand you have font changing options with the Galaxy Tab's mail app!!! :(
     
  12. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    But Steve Jobs only ever writes one-line emails. Why would he ever feel the need for font options in the mail app? :D

    Jokes aside, it's not like Apple took features that are available on OSX's mail app and deliberately deleted them from the iOS version. Remember, most of the stuff for iOS is being written from the grounds up. This leads to features we take for granted on desktop OS to be left out of iOS -- remember copy and paste? :eek:

    Font formatting for the mail app will eventually get there. After all, we finally got some font choices for the Notes app! But I think we do need to remember that iOS is not yet fully mature. Just keep writing in your feature suggestions to Apple, and wait, patiently or impatiently. ;p
     
  13. Pinger thread starter macrumors regular

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    I found a way to use different fonts and colors when writing messages in iPad's mail app...
    I hate to double post but I posted it in "iPad Mail Trick: different fonts & colors" thread I started in iPad Tips, Help, and Troubleshooting section.

    Tip:
    To type a message in iPad mail so it has a different font & color. Just copy a word with the font and color you want and just paste it as the first word of your message and start typing from that word on and it will type the message with that font & color.
    What I did was have a group of words in different fonts and colors saved as a draft message and when I want to write mail in a certain font or color I just copy it from there and then paste it as the first word of a reply or new message.
     
  14. Tobster3 macrumors 6502

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    Brilliant - Thanks :D
     
  15. Pinger thread starter macrumors regular

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    My Pleasure :)
    Now what disappoints me is obviously iPad's Mail has the ability to render different fonts and colors, why isn't the option to choose included?
     
  16. Piggie macrumors 604

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    Ok, back from my quick test.

    Making a simple test document in iPad Pages (font sizes) and images/shapes on screen.

    I sent as a PDF file and viewed the result in Adobe Acrobat.

    Results = ok, but not great. Hard to describe. It's as if someone has turned the quality setting down. Typeface is not quite right and it's all a bit blocky rather than a nice smooth outline.

    I also sent it as a Word file.

    OMG Disaster. the text was perfect (I assume using Word's default fonts) but all the effects were stripped out (borders) and the locations of the image on the screen was random. The text was in one clump and the images, were clumped in another position.

    Totally unusable with word anyway, waste of time having the option.

    Shame about the low quality font when sent as a PDF file.

    Pages was a waste of money for me, I bought it on day 1 of owning my iPad and never used it as it's just unusable when sent to anyone else.

    I'm sure it's fine when sending between iPads (I guess) and it printing out direct from it.
     
  17. Pinger thread starter macrumors regular

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    Good ideas though... I know what you mean about Pages, it was my 1st purchased app on day one and so far i only used it once..
     
  18. Tobster3 macrumors 6502

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    Great question and something I am going to send feedback to Apple on.
     

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