Adobe Launches its Web Fonts Service: Adobe Edge Web Fonts
30th September, 2012
Adobe has recently announced the introduction of Adobe Edge Web Fonts, a new free web font service. In an effort to make web fonts more broadly accessible and easy to use.
Edge Web Fonts features hundreds of web fonts, including a sampling of fonts from the Adobe library as well as a large collection of open source fonts. Under the hood, the service is powered by Typekit: it uses the same standards-based method of serving fonts and makes use of the same global font serving network for speed and stability. But it’s completely free and requires no account or kit configuration — making it faster and easier to get started.
Google Web Fonts and Edge Web Fonts
Adobe has partnered with Google to make many of the open source fonts originally commissioned by the Google Web Fonts project available through Edge Web Fonts. At the same time, Adobe is contributing two open source fonts of its own — the recent Source Sans Pro and, announced today, Source Code Pro — to both the Adobe Edge Web Fonts and Google Web Fonts services.
In addition, Adobe will be applying its considerable font expertise to improving and optimizing a number of the open source fonts that are available in both Google Web Fonts and Edge Web Fonts. The teams from Typekit, Adobe Type, and Google Web Fonts are working to identify which fonts will benefit the most from our attention, and how we can best approach improving their rendering and performance. Efforts will include hinting some fonts for better rendering at smaller sizes, plus a number of other optimizations. All of these contributions will themselves remain open source.
Starting today, you can use Edge Web Fonts in both Adobe Muse and Edge Code, a code editor based on the open source Brackets project. Next up, Edge Web Fonts will be available in the soon-to-be-released Edge Reflow, a tool for creating responsive CSS layouts and more. More integrations are upcoming with Adobe’s Edge Tools & Services.
But Edge Web Fonts isn’t limited to Edge tools — you’re free to use it with whichever tools you prefer. You can preview some of the best of the fonts here, where you’ll also find instructions on how to use them in your web projects. We’ve also made a list of all of the fonts in the Edge Web Fonts library available.