For those people looking for the next level of handwriting font realism there are pen plotters. These machines, for example the AxiDraw (pictured), use real pens to mechanically create handwriting from computerised text. This adds additional realism through changes in ink density and the fact that the handwriting is actually written rather than printed. Unfortunately, standard True Type fonts are unsuitable for such equipment. This is because standard True Type fonts describe an outline for each character in the font, rather then an actual pen stroke, as per the example below.
As you can see in the example above, a standard True Type font is a 'closed contour' font and this always produces an outline when sent to a pen plotter or other CNC machine. Every line has to describe a shape and no line can be open ended.
However, there is a way to convert standard True Type fonts into 'open contour' (also known as single line or single stroke) fonts so that the pen only makes a single stroke per line, rather than an outline. The example below is the same font that has been converted to a single line font and written using a pen plotter.
This produces the most realistic handwriting effect, with changes in ink density and other ways that pen ink interacts with the paper.
With the combination of our single line Premium 'Ultra' handwriting fonts,the Scriptalizer™ software and the Axidraw pen plotter, you can now create realistic handwritten documents that were never actually written by a human hand!
IMPORTANT NOTICE: We have temporarily removed our single line, open contour fonts from the market.
Since launching the single line fonts we have found issues with how the fonts render in Inkscape. This is not a problem with the fonts, but how Inkscape mishandles true, single line fonts. We are now working with Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories (makers of the AxiDraw pen plotter) to ensure the our single line fonts work correctly with the Axidraw pen plotter. This involves modifications to the AxiDraw software, so there will be a delay of several weeks before we make the fonts available for purchase.