You folks are too good to me! Thank you.DD said:Agreed indeed!!! I've told him before, but thank you, thank you, thank you, Ted!
Come on, people....let's give to Ted so he can get that program and give us more BEAUTIFUL fonts for our Kindles!!tedsan said:You folks are too good to me! Thank you.
And a special thanks again to those who have contributed to the font editor fund! I've almost gotten enough to pay for the font editor that made all this possible. It's been a great experience and a wonderful opportunity to "meet" you.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Tedsan. And you too, DD. I just discovered this thread and was reluctant to try this font hack because--while I'm not quite computer illiterate--I'm not the most computer-savy person.DD said:Hi, Demoman. Welcome to the Kindleboards. This is from tedsan's website:
"Individual font files are installed by placing a single of the the update_xxx.bin file into the top level directory of the Kindle 2 through a USB connection.
Note: download one of the new font .bin files (e.g. update_arialRndNrw_install.bin) from the website and save it somewhere on your computer. Each .bin file represents one new font. Connect your Kindle 2 to your computer with the USB cable. Open Windows Explorer. Your Kindle will appear as a drive in the file listing. Drag the saved .bin file to the drive letter that represents your Kindle. (Don't put it in any of the subfolders on the Kindle, only in the 'root directory', the main drive - on my PC it is called Drive (FKindle.) Dismount your Kindle from the computer using the "safely remove hardware" choice in your toolbar.
The Kindle 2 is then to be updated to install the new fonts. This is done as follows: Note: these steps are self explanatory
From the "home" screen, press "menu"
Select "Update Your Kindle"
The Kindle will go through the installation procedure and restart itself. Don't use the slider or the menu 'restart option' to do this. This causes an infinite reboot cycle. Just let the Kindle do its thing when you go through the update process. I've done this hundreds of times now without a single glitch."
I've detailed the instructions in my notes (in blue) above. Remember, this font is only for use on the Kindle 2.
After you do this you should have the new font on your Kindle 2.
You can try other fonts by repeating the procedure above with a different font .bin file. You don't have to uninstall the last font in order to do this.
To uninstall the hack completely and return to Amazon's default font, repeat the procedure above using the 'update_uninstall.bin' file instead of one of the new font .bin files.
I hope I've made this clear. Have fun and enjoy the results of Ted's hard work!
So glad Ted's font enhancements (I think 'hack' sounds so pedestrian) helped you like they help me. I love the helveticaBL. It is so dark and crisp, I can read on size 3 or 4 when I used to have to use size 6, even with the K1. This has made life so much easier.Katydid said:Thank you, thank you, thank you, Tedsan. And you too, DD. I just discovered this thread and was reluctant to try this font hack because--while I'm not quite computer illiterate--I'm not the most computer-savy person.
Like a number of other people here, I have eye problems (a stupid rare corneal disease). I upgraded from the KK to the K2 because Amazon's preview made it look like the K2 background was white instead of grey, which would give it more contrast. I was sorely disappointed.
I have downloaded the Georgia2 font and am now able to read with font size 4 instead of 6. What a pleasure. I am most grateful to you Tedsan. I need to test drive several of the fonts before I make a final decision as to my favorite.
I love KindleBoards!
Great idea, Ted, to get this out in the public more. (Smart wife!). Below in brackets is a comment you can use that summarizes all of the comments I've made in the past:tedsan said:Hey font-testers!
My wife had an idea - since there's so much about the Kindle in the press these days, she suggested that I put together an article to send to the national papers about how the Kindle has made reading more possible/enjoyable for readers with visual disabilities/issues, especially with the font enhancement. When she read your comments, she said "you really need to expand public awareness of this beyond the few hundred people reading the boards."
It sounds like a great idea to me! So if you've got a story that you'd like to share, could you post a short paragraph. I'll have my wife pick some of these and put together an article for us.
She also suggested that we have a picture of someone reading the Kindle to "humanize" the article a bit more. That sounded like an excellent idea also. So if any of you are willing/able and interested, maybe you could send a picture or two. Maybe one front view reading and another from the side showing the screen and some text) as well as the reader.
She also suggest we strike while the poker is hot and gave me a deadline of collecting the quotes and pictures in the first few days of the week.
Thanks for your help!
I didn't see ComicSans in the list?DavidSherwood said:Thank you for providing a choice of fonts for my Kindle. All of your fonts that I have tried are better than the Kindle font because that are darker which makes better contrast and easier reading. My favorite is ComicSans. I was going to vote in the poll but found my choice not listed! I guess with a name like "Comic" you get no respect! This font happens to be my favorite on my computer. It is a pleasure to have it on my Kindle. I hope if Amazon every does provide font choices, ComicSans is not left out because it is assumed to be a joke.