High-quality text on consumer electronics devices presents inherent challenges:
low-resolution screens, small text sizes, memory constraints, complex writing
systems containing thousands of characters and East
Asian scripts that contain intricately shaped characters.
To deal with these constraints, OEMs traditionally have had to enter tradeoffs
between style, file size and quality. Edge™ Technology gives manufacturers
maximum flexibility to overcome these constraints while minimizing tradeoffs.
As an optional plug-in for the iType® font engine, Edge
Technology provides high-quality text rendering and supports all languages,
with additional features catered to the unique requirements of East Asian
writing systems. Edge Technology encompasses Edge Tuning, the ability to “tune”
the rendered output, and Edge Hinting, a method for fine-tuning individual
characters, both of which help achieve superior visual results using scalable
fonts in a low-memory footprint.
Edge Tuning is a unique and patented process that provides the ability to make
precise adjustments to the darkness and sharpness of a glyph, ensuring that
text appears clearly at any size, relative to the specific characteristics of
the display. This adjustment process provides maximum flexibility for
optimizing the quality of the rendered text across products with varying
display characteristics and requirements.
With the use of the iType FontTuner, fonts can be tuned according to individual
language or size requirements and provides the ability to:
Modify the look of one language compared to another, e.g. Latin
text compared to Asian text to produce a more harmonious combination
Produce a heavier or lighter look
Adjust the sharpness of the text according to the rendering size
and display resolution
iType’s real-time Edge tuning capabilities allows text rendered through Edge
Technology to be further tuned, in real time, based on user preference or
Edge-hinted fonts are available based on Monotype Imaging’s CATT™
(Compact Asian Technology for TrueType®) format. Tuned for grayscale output,
Edge-enabled fonts are engineered to preserve style and legibility at small or
large text sizes. Font files are substantially smaller than standard TrueType
Edge Technology enables Monotype Imaging to extend the selection of optimized
non-East Asian fonts more rapidly than previously possible. With the technology
performing optimization work during run time, the time to produce and deliver
fonts optimized for the consumer electronic environment has now been shortened
The iType Font Tuner also allows for white-on-black tuning.
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