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Discussion in 'Font Forum:' started by charles, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. charles

    charles Senior Member

    This may be obvious...

    I know a pt is 1/72 of an inch.

    but why does most software stop font sizes at 72pt in their drop down boxes and make you manually type the size or use arrows rather than have a preset of say 100,120,150 or similar as many people that use indesign, photoshop etc will be using these sizes.?

    I know you can setup rules/styles etc in publishing software but I don't get why not in standard options..

    Am I missing something here?
     
  2. berry

    berry Active Member

    No idea Teresa,
    I think it's a traditional thing from old typesetting days.
    basic typesetting/letraset etc only went up to 72 point, anything bigger than that had to get done on a headliner maching or blown up on a PMT camera.
     
  3. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    PMT camera. = Pasty warmer.

    Back in the day.
     
  4. how long ago was that Typo? :)
     
  5. berry

    berry Active Member


    When he had a waistline....
     
  6. and hair?
     
  7. berry

    berry Active Member

    he had hair, but not a hairstyle!
     
  8. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Cheers lads. The truth hurts. Ouch.

    Hows the black eyes and bust nose Berry?
     
  9. charles

    charles Senior Member

    it would be good if adobe gave an option in preferences to use either a traditional up to 72pt or an alternative font scale up to say 300pt in their software, I would find it a lot better personally, though i expect it probably doesn't bother most people...?
     
  10. berry

    berry Active Member


    'ith weelly weelly hurths sssttttill'
     
  11. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    I'm tempted to pop into Buskers Night for a giggle!
     

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