Remembary 1.4 was a major release for Remembary, with a pile of major new features, such as automatic picture lists and maps - and it just came out a few weeks ago. Why the new release so soon? Well, some users reported some strange behaviour when they upgraded from 1.3.5, and it turned out there was an obscure concurrency issue in the data layer - so I fixed that and got an update submitted to the store as soon as possible.

However, only having bug fixes in this release would have been kind of boring, so I decided to throw in a bonus: some new fonts.

Before now, you could pick from 6 different fonts in Remembary:

I've added another six fonts for a total of twelve:

I've reorganized the fonts into two columns - the left for more decorative handwriterly fonts, the right for more printed-looking fornts. Also, now that the box is wider, I've added a little display in the top right that shows the current font and point size. Here's some more about the fonts I've added:

Hoefler Text is an old favourite of mine. It has a distinctive, slightly old fashioned look, while actually being very technically sophisticated in its use of ligatures and such. I used it for most of my papers back at university - since everyone else was just using plain old Helvetica and Times New Roman, I suspect that Hoefler Tet was responsible for a few decimal points in my GPA.

Didot is an elegant serif font that Wikipedia describes as "neoclassical" and "evocative of the Age of Enlightenment". Several people had asked about having more straight serif fonts in Remembary, and I hope this and Hoefler Text give them what they want.

Andrew is a cheerful-looking free font from Andrew Vardeman. I don't have much information about him or his font - but I can't help but like the name. You should be happy that this isn't based on my handwriting - there's a reason I wrote a whole diary app to replace my handwritten ones!

The other new fonts are all licensed from the the excellent (not to mention erudite) collection at Pia Frauss. Check out the other fonts available, and enjoy the great essays on their origins. 

Jane Austen is exactly what it sounds like: based on the actual handwriting of the famous author herself. It looks especially good on the 'Paper' theme:

Mitre Square is a fine example of late Victorian steel-tipped pen handwriting. The name comes from the part of London where Jack the Ripper used to lurk - the original version of this font comes from a police report about the murders. I like to use it with the "Codex" theme:

The last new font is Tycho's RecipeI admit that it isn't the most legible font, but I really like how it looks, especially with all of the flourishes. It's based on an actual recipe by 16th century scientist Tycho Brahe, copied as a gift to the queen of Denmark - a recipe for a medicine "against Plague, and all Morbos Epidemicos". It looks great with the stylized antiquity of the "Parchment" theme:

Hope you enjoy playing with the new fonts. Drop me a line and let me know what you think.

AuthorAndrew Burke