Below is a link to a recent press release announcing that New York-based Bantam Tools has acquired Evil Mad Scientist – makers of the AxiDraw.
What does this mean for AxiDraw owners? Well, first of all – don’t worry! AxiDraw support will continue, as will support for the Hershey Text and Hershey Advanced software and our fonts will continue to be supported. In fact, the Evil Mad Scientist team will be joining the Bantam Tools team to continue to oversee technical development and operations. This spring, Bantam Tools will release the NextDraw, a successor to the AxiDraw which will be “a reliable and well-supported computer-controlled drawing machine that provides versatile solutions to artists, innovators and educators”.
This is Bob, our new A.I. assistant. When we are unavailable to answer a chat request, Bob will use artificial intelligence to try and answer your questions.
Bob is still in training. He already knows the answers to many of the common questions that we are asked about our products and services. Every time he cannot help, a human will contact you later via email, provided you leave a valid email address. We’ll also update Bob’s data banks so that the next time he is asked the same question he’ll know what to say.
You can talk to Bob using our usual chat request widget on the bottom left of all of our web pages. Don’t forget: during normal business hours (8:00 am to 8:00 pm UK time) you’re more likely to speak to a real person, but Bob will be there out of hours to try and help.
Looking back on the year and forward to 2024 It’s been another busy year at Quantum Enterprises, and we have much planned for 2024. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s been happening and what we’ve got planned for next year.
2023 has been another busy one, supplying the best TrueType and single-line fonts on the market to customers all over the world. In March we announced that we are now an official Microsoft font vendor, improved how the Scriptalizer deals with ‘error’ characters making them more realistic, announced multi-font variations for single-line fonts, and released 19 new pre-made fonts.
In late 2023 / early 2024 we will be announcing multi-font variations for TrueType Premium ‘Ultra’ fonts. This will be achieved using a Microsoft Word template, so it won’t be for everyone, but it will allow some of our customers to expand the realism of our fonts even further. We also have exciting plans for improvements to the Scriptalizer, offering a full on-line word processor so you’ll be able to use our fonts to create, save and print documents directly in your web browser! Finally we hope to release even more pre-made fonts to increase the choice and variety of fonts to be used in your handwritten applications.
The Jigsaw Puzzle Doctor
In 2023 we completely changed our production method for replacement jigsaw puzzle pieces, going from moulded epoxy putty pieces to laser cut pieces. The feedback so far has been excellent, and we look forward to saving more jigsaw puzzles in 2024, with shorter lead times and better accuracy. We are also planning to improve the image quality on our website.
This year we started using artificial intelligence to help write our handwriting analysis reports. The A.I. is able to review all personality and emotional traits shown and help meld them together into a meaningful summary of the subject’s psyche. In 2024 we hope to continue to enhance the way we present our handwriting analysis reports.
This year we have been working on updating and expanding our collection of aquarium backgrounds ready for release in 2024. The new collection will include lighter and darker versions of the current collection, with improved image quality, plus new backgrounds including some delightful A.I. created tanks that closely match the aesthetic of the rock tank. This will be accompanied by a complete overhaul of the Dream Aquarium website.
We intend to increase our social media presence in 2024 with more posts showing our handwriting fonts in action and repaired jigsaw puzzles, plus updates to further improvements to our products and services. Keep a look out on our social media channels.
We want to thank all of our customers for their support this year and look forward to serving you with great products, services, and customer support next year.
The Jigsaw (Puzzle) Doctor has been the world’s professional replacement jigsaw puzzle piece service, replacing missing or damaged jigsaw puzzle pieces since 2007 and, from the beginning, we’ve always used epoxy putty to mould the replacements.
Today we’re excited to announce that our process has changed, and we are now able to cut pieces from the same material as the jigsaw puzzle (i.e. card, MDF or plywood) using computer-controlled laser technology.
Our new process will allow the replacement pieces to:-
Have a more accurate shape
Have a more consistent thickness
Be in the same material as the other pieces in your jigsaw puzzle
In addition, we anticipate that we will be able to reduce our lead times once we have honed the process further, as pieces no longer need to be produced in large batches.
We welcome new customers have haven’t tried our service yet to order replacement jigsaw puzzle pieces today, and see how amazingly close the replacements are to the missing original. Existing customers: you’re already pleased with your replacements, but wait until you see how we’ve managed to improve on near perfection!
We’re pleased to announce the release of 19 new Premium ‘Ultra’ realistic handwriting fonts:-
TrueType Fonts 10 x Version 5 fonts – 9 x Version 6 fonts
Single Line Fonts 9 x Version 5 fonts – 8 x Version 6 fonts
Our Premium ‘Ultra’ handwriting font service produces natural and ‘messy’ handwriting fonts that have additional variation built-in which is added by our unique Scriptalizer(TM) software. Suitable for use with the AxiDraw and other pen plotters, our single line (also known as single stroke and open contour) Premium ‘Ultra’ handwriting fonts are compatible with our Scriptalizer™ software to enhance them, are the best on the market and produce the most realistic handwriting effect you can imagine.
This new selection of fonts covers a range of printed, semi-cursive and cursive handwriting styles. The addition of 9 version 6 fonts significantly increases the number of these enhanced fonts available.
For customers who are looking for even more letter variations than our version 6 Premium ‘Ultra’ fonts provide, we’re excited to announce that you can now increase the number of variations in your single line font by purchasing multiple fonts in the same handwriting style and combining them into one SVG single line font*.
*Note: This feature is only available to AxiDraw users with the Hershey Advanced or AxiDraw Merge software.
What are multi-font variations (MFVs)? Multi-font variations (or MFVs) are enhanced single line fonts that use two or more fonts of the same handwriting style to multiply the number of variations available when you render your document to single line.
How do MFVs work? MFV fonts work by taking two or more single line fonts and combining them into one SVG file. When you use Hershey Advanced or AxiDraw Merge to render your document to single line, the software will cycle through each font to choose the next character to use, thus increasing the number of variations in your single line output.
Suitable for use with the AxiDraw and other* pen plotters, our single line (also known as single stroke and open contour) Premium ‘Ultra’ handwriting fonts are compatible with our Scriptalizer™ software to enhance them, are the best on the market and produce the most realistic handwriting effect you can imagine.
We’re pleased to announce that PremiumUltra67 is now available as a single line font for immediate download and now supports the French language:-
Scriptalizer™ Version: 5 Handwriting Style: Cursive Suggested Font Size: 20 pt Languages supported: English (Including all languages that use the standard English alphabet), plus Afrikaans, Albanian, French
We’re pleased to announce that a new version of the Scriptalizer™ (version 6.4) has been released that now produces more realistic handwriting ‘errors’.
For those of you who are not familiar with our realistic handwriting font software, the Scriptalizer™ can optionally add an occasional ‘error’ character* as if you’d had a slip of the pen and crossed it out. You can ask the Scriptalizer™ to add these ‘mistakes’ at a frequency you choose (from none to 1 in 5,000 up to 5-letter words). The Scriptalizer™ will take the next word when it is time to create a ‘mistake’, change one letter, and then cross it out.
The letter change used to be completely random and applied to all letters (whether capital or not) and even punctuation. This didn’t always produce the most realistic results as some letter substitutions looked ‘wrong’, and when capital letters were involved it affected the accuracy of the length of the crossing-out stroke. Sometimes commas and full stops etc were replaced with a letter and crossed out.
This is what version 6.4 of the Scriptalizer™ does to address these issues:-
The substitutions are no longer completely random. They generally tend to be vowel substitutions giving a more natural-looking ‘error’.
Words with capital letters are ignored, thus ensuring that the crossing out stroke more closely matches the length of the word it is crossing out.
No punctuation or other special characters are included in the ‘error’ adding process.
The new version of the Scriptalizer™ is now live so why not give it a try and tell us what you think?
Scriptalizer Output Watermark
We have also added a watermark image in the Scriptalizer output window. This does not affect the text when you copy and paste it into an application, but helps to make it more difficult when taking a screenshot to avoid making a font purchase.
We are excited to announce that Quantum Enterprises is now a registered font vendor on the Microsoft registered typography vendor list.
Our fonts are designed to help you create a unique and personalized look for your documents, presentations, and other projects. Whether you’re looking for a font that matches your handwriting or one that reflects your brand’s personality, we have a font that’s perfect for you.
To get started, simply visit our website at https://www.quantumenterprises.co.uk/handwriting-fonts and choose a pre-made font that’s right for you or commission a custom-made font from your own handwriting. Once you’ve downloaded the font, you can install it on your computer and start using it in your favourite Microsoft Office applications or any application that uses TrueType fonts.
And don’t forget that we also make single line fonts for pen plotters such as the AxiDraw.
We’re thrilled to be a part of the Microsoft registered typography vendor list and look forward to helping you create beautiful and unique documents with our custom handwriting fonts.