Are you ready
for the euro?
On January 1, 1999 the euro came into existence as a
valid currency. Even if your company is based in a country
that hasn't adopted the euro from the start, your company may
still deal with European customers or suppliers who will expect
you to be able to use the euro.
The Font Problem
Historically standard TrueType fonts have contained
all the major currency symbols of the world, but with the introduction
of a new symbol this has created a problem for any companies
requiring the use of the euro currency symbol, either on screen
or on printed documents. As the symbol is likely to be required
within the body text of a document and also to be used at various
sizes it is obviously impractical to attempt to embed a graphic
Formula Solutions offer three options to resolve the
euro currency symbol problem. The first is a custom solution
whereby we will design a euro currency symbol to match your
current typeface and then the new symbol is added into your
existing font making selection of the symbol very straightforward.
The second option is a standalone TrueType font which contains
a single general purpose version of the euro currency symbol.
The final option is also a standalone TrueType font, but one
which contains 65 variants of the euro currency symbol, allowing
you to choose the version most suitable for your requirement.
Each of the solutions
are covered in more detail below.
Option 1 -
This option is ideal for any company that regularly
needs to use the euro currency symbol or for any organisation that
wants to ensure that the euro currency symbol fits in exactly with
their corporate identity. Formula Solutions will design a euro
currency symbol for each of your current typefaces and will then
add the new symbol into the existing font so that it becomes an
intrinsic part of the typeface.
There are several
advantages to using this option:
of use - As the euro currency symbol becomes
part of each modified font, there is no need to change
fonts when the symbol is required.
- Compatibility -
As each euro currency symbol is designed for each font, there
will never be a situation where the symbol looks out of place.
metrics - Traditionally
all existing currency symbols have the same character
width as the numeral characters ('0' to '9'). This ensures
that tables containing currency figures correctly align.
When a custom euro currency symbol is added to your existing
font we ensure that the new symbol is setup with
the correct character width.
- Licencing -
The addition of the euro currency symbol to each font does
not affect your existing font licence. You only pay once
for the upgrade to each font weight that you have upgraded.
The price for upgrading
your typeface is £145 per weight per typeface.
Option 2 -
option is suitable for companies that have an infrequent
requirement to use the euro currency symbol. It consists
of a generic version of the euro currency symbol, as shown
on the left, which is contained in it's own TrueType font.
Once installed the
symbol can be accessed by selecting the 'Euro Symbol' font
from the font list and then by typing any character. The symbol
will be displayed on screen and can be scaled to the required
size and then printed.
The price for this
option for unlimited users within one organisation is:
£65 for a single country licence.
£195 for a European licence.
£325 for a Worldwide licence.
Option 3 -
This option consists of a standalone TrueType font
that contains 65 variants of the euro currency symbol, each having
been created to match the following typestyles.
weights) - Ultra light, ultra light italic, light, light italic,
roman, roman italic, bold, bold italic, black, black italic,
ultra light condensed, ultra light condensed italic, light
condensed, light condensed italic, bold condensed, bold
condensed italic, black condensed, black condensed italic,
ultra light extended, ultra light extended oblique, extended,
extended oblique, bold extended, bold extended oblique, black
extended, black extended oblique, rounded bold, rounded bold
italic, bold outline and shaded.
weights) - Roman, italic, semibold, semibold italic, bold,
bold italic, extra bold and extra bold italic.
weights) - Light, light italic, roman, italic, bold, bold italic,
heavy and heavy italic.
weights) - Roman, italic and bold.
weights) - Roman, bold and black.
weights) - Roman and bold.
weights) - Script and bold.
A, Optima bold, Mistral, American Typewriter medium, Didot
roman, Standard and Standard italic.
Samples of euro
currency symbols from Enhanced option
The advantage of the
Enhanced option over the Standard option is that you can select
the version of the euro currency symbol that most closely matches
the typestyle that is being used. The typefaces listed above
have been chosen to offer a wide selection of styles that will
cater for most situations. Each variant is associated with
a different character easily accessible from the keyboard.
For example, once the font containing the euro currency symbols
has been selected typing 'V' would display the Optima Bold
version and typing '9' would display the Helvetica Black version.
The symbol can then be scaled to the required size and then
This option is licenced
based on the number of users. The price for up to 5 users is £95.
For larger licences please email
us for prices.