Cream 10pt

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This is the 10pt display 'raster' version of the "Cream" font as used on the Xerox Alto (particularly in Smalltalk76 and its predecessors; a variant of it may still be used in Smalltalk80). The vector version used on very early xerox printers and print servers is much higher resolution. This is the font that directly inspired the Apple "Venice" font, and also appeared as the System/UI font (instead of Chicago) on early Mac prototypes.

Info: Created on 25th November 2019 . Last edited on 23rd December 2019.
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This is really awesome, thanks! Been looking all over the internet for this! You mention the 'vector version', where can it be found?

Comment by metaljeyes Thu, 30th July

@metaljeyes - Not to speak for @Lord Nightmare, but I believe the reference to 'vector version' means 'displayed on original Xerox Alto hardware' and not an actual PC font file...

Comment by Goatmeal Thu, 30th July

The vector version is embedded into the two xerox alto disk packs for the 'spruce' imager for Dover or Sequoia printers. Spruce is effectively a partially-software raster renderer (using an Orbit add-on set of cards for the Alto) for very early laser printers. Some later Xerox laser printers may have had the vector font data loaded directly onto the printer itself, so didn't need a dedicated network-linked alto to directly render it. The actual source files for these embedded fonts I'm not entirely sure where to find, but may exist on the "Indigo" xerox alto archives at the computer history museum, which is accessible online.

Comment by Lord Nightmare Thu, 30th July

Here's an example of the vector font version of Cream, rasterized by spruce running on a networked xerox alto using the 'ContrAlto' emulator. This font was usually used by Smalltalk-76 or Smalltalk-80 programs on the Xerox Alto, and printouts of said programs.

The unusual shape of the s, S and B glyphs (and some others) appears to be intentional (as it is consistent between the raster and vector versions of the font), perhaps to make characters less ambiguous on printouts and on-screen on the Alto

Comment by Lord Nightmare Thu, 30th July

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