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Saturday
Feb252012

Comparing Fonts with Visio 2010  

All five of the readers of this blog may be familiar with my Segoe typeface comparison from 2010. That comparison document was half-created with code driving Visio and half manual editing. One of my projects was to make a *complete* tool to do this correctly and yesterday I made a lot of progress in that direction.

The tool is simple, it just asks the user to identify two fonts.

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Once Run is pressed, starts Visio 2010 and starts drawing up a set of pages.

Here is an example of the output in VSD and PDF formats.

 

And some selected captures from the document…

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The code is available on the viziblr codeplex site under a project called VisioFontCompare.

Some ideas for where to take this next:

  • Allow comparing three fonts
  • Enable selecting bold and italic styles
  • User-entered text samples

 

 

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