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OpenDyslexic is a free, open source font created to help make text easier to read, specifically for people with dyslexia. The font is absolutely free for any use: ebooks, real books, websites, personal project, commercial projects. This is because it exists to help others, and not to generate a profit.
Feedback on this project has been extremely positive. A few comments, which can be found on http://abbiecod.es:
“We have a school full of dyslexic kids so we’re very excited to try it. The other…ahem…$400 one…looks great but is way too expensive for us to experiment with. Thanks for this, and we’ll let you know how it works for our kids.”
“…Thank you a million times! I’m reading much faster, and the “reading voice” inside my head is starting to go away for the first time in my life. I’m still overwhelmed by the idea that I can go to Project Gutenberg and start digesting literature which has been out of my reach for so long.”
It is currently in use in a few classrooms around the US, and is the font used in openWeb, an iOS web browser focused on readability.
Planned uses for it include children’s books, education sites, and ebooks. It is for these and other uses that OpenDyslexic needs to be finalized.
Work on OpenDyslexic has been done on my free time, but I would like to complete it soon, and improve on it.
Currently, I’m using FontForge to make changes to OpenDyslexic. This is great, because FontForge is free, open source software.
The downside is that it is sometimes unwieldy, buggy, and it can take twice as long to complete a task as commercial software. It also has occasional weird issues, like not saving changes, etc.
Even though OpenDyslexic is free and open source, I am not, nor have never been opposed to using commercial software (I love MacOS ). Especially when the commercial software is very good.
Because of this, I am looking to raise money to cover the purchase of Glyphs to continue working on OpenDyslexic. I am choosing Glyphs because it’s cheaper than FontLab, has a better workflow than FontLab and FontForge, appears to have better support, and FontLab for MacOS is a little buggy (the demo crashes too often). FontLab is also twice the price of Glyphs.
It would be great to finish OpenDyslexic, and there are many improvements that need to be made to it: kernings, letter shapes, and expanding the character set. This has been almost impossible to do in FontForge, in a timely manner. Using Glyphs will greatly increase the rate of progress.
Thank you for considering donating to this ambitious project!
For more information about OpenDyslexic, visit http://dyslexicfonts.com or http://abbiecod.es
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