hi guys.. been a really really long time since my last post, i’m sure many of you thought i’ve abandoned my blog, but i haven’t..
been busy with all sorts of things, last sememster at college being the primary reason for my inactivity..
i’m proud to present to you the latest version of FontSwap, version 1.3.
have incorporated most of the features i thought i would and then some, really glad about the way it has turned out. i hope you guys enjoy using it as much as i enjoyed creating it..
1. previews of fonts before install
2. checks metadata prior to installing font so you don’t have to worry about it.
3. checks font package format before install
4. fixes bug that caused crash when device was on wifi but had no internet connection
5. improved metadata detection
the previews are fetched from the fontswap webserver and i’ve tried to maintain as many font previews there as possible, will be adding more from time to time..
as mentioned in previous posts as well, this application doesn’t do anything that can leave your device unusable. there is *absolutely* no need to restore your device if something goes wrong during the use of this application.
to fix any error that you think has been caused by FontSwap, simply connect over SSH to your device and run the the command
without the quotes..
as long as you have SSH and WiFi set to always on (which is a smart thing to do on a jailbroken device) you can recover from most crashes whether or not they’re caused by FontSwap.
here’s an icon for the FontSwap app, couldn’t do a proper icon in time for release but here it is now.. will be added with the next update for those who are okay with the current icon..
FontSwap Package format:
1. Package must be a folder with the name FontName.font
FontName is the custom font’s name that you’ve ported. .font at the end is essential.
2. Package must contain all fonts related to the category it belongs to.
Dialer Fonts: PhonepadTwo.ttf
LockClock Fonts: LockClock.ttf
Notes Fonts: MarkerFeltThin.ttf
System Fonts: Helvetica.ttf *and* HelveticaBold.ttf
3. Package must be placed in the correct folder in the packages directory
4. Fonts must be ported with correct metadata intact. Applying fonts with incorrect metadata will cause serious problems like app crashes or SWOD.
here’s how to port fonts http://blog.gauravgiri.com/2008/08/tutorial-port-fonts-to-iphone/
this issue will be resolved in future versions of FontSwap so that fonts with incorrect metadata will not be installed.
5. Package should contain an Info.plist file
this is not utilized in the beta release, but placing this file will help your package to be compatible with future releases of FontSwap
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd"> <plist version="1.0"> <dict> <key>Author</key> <string>Author Name</string> <key>FontName</key> <string>Custom Font Name</string> <key>FontCategory</key> <string>Category of Font</string> <key>Description</key> <string>Brief Description</string> <key>URL</key> <string>Author's Blog or Website</string> </dict> </plist>
6. Package should contain an image Preview.png with a preview of the custom font.
this too is not utilized in the beta release, but placing this file will help your package to be compatible with future releases of FontSwap.
Image dimensions must be 36px by 260px. It must show the Custom Font name in the font itself. Text size must be 24px. Text color must be black [#000000].
I know these are some strict rules but they will ensure that packages are uniform in appearance and easy on the eyes of the end-users.
FontSwap 1.0b was made available on Cydia earlier today. you’re all welcome to test the software and report bugs or feature requests if any..
the application is accompanied by a starter font pack that is a dependency and should install on it’s own..
i’ve tried installing the app myself and it works alright.. those of you who had problems, please try to reinstall it..
please put all criticism and suggestions in the comments..
you may also consider donating if you find this application useful..
HOW TO ADD MORE FONTS:
read this tutorial
this application *does not* cause endless reboots. if you think you’re iPhone is rebooting endlessly, it’s most definitely having a SWOD [spinning wheel of death].
if that happens or if your springboard crashes or if applications fail to start then you must restore to iPhone’s stock fonts before trying to restoring the iPhone itself [which will not be required in any case].
for this you must be able to login into the device over SSH. you may not see the SpringBoard, just the endlessly spinning wheel or the boot logo, but if you left WiFi and SSH on, you’re not in trouble and can still connect to the device.
to restore default fonts you need to run this command as root from a terminal over SSH
PS: if you got the “unmet dependencies” error.. try reinstalling now. i couldn’t see the “FontSwap Starter” package in the available list but it installs along with the app. it’s basically a pack of all the custom fonts i’ve released on this blog to get you started with the app.. more packages can be added to the app and i’ll detail the expected package format shortly. as i haven’t built any security checks in the app yet [for absolute lack of time] i suggest you carry on with the started pack or only add fonts that you trust.
i’m not a big fan of comic fonts.. don’t really remember the last time i used a comic font, if i ever did.. but many people requested comic fonts for their iPhones.. so here are two..
Kasper Custom Font for iPhone 2.0.x
Download: Kasper Custom Font for iPhone 2.0.x (1222)
[refer to readme.txt for installation steps]