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Temporarium version 1.1 by chemoelectric Temporarium version 1.1 by chemoelectric
18 Jan 2012: Consider using the Gentium family instead, because it is experiencing new releases: [link]

‘Temporarium’ was called ‘temporary’ for a reason!

I no longer do bug fixes for this font, preferring to concentrate on my own designs. If it does everything you need, enjoy!

To download it: [link]

I think I have found the problem with Temporarium 1.0 that caused Windows XP not to install it, without explanation: a table had an obsolete version number. I am going to move version 1.0 to scraps.

Please someone leave a comment as to whether Windows XP or Windows-whatever will or will not install this new version. :)


An OpenType text family with roman and italic. Click where it says "Download" (probably up and to the left) to download a zip file containing the fonts and accompanying documentation.

This font family is derived from Gentium 1.02 with very little change to the shapes, but adapted for good performance when embedded in PDFs to be read on-screen with Adobe Reader.

Licensed under the SIL Open Font License (OFL), which means you can do almost anything with these fonts. Basically you can use them in any art, documents, etc., but you can't sell them unless you bundle them with other things, and if you derive your own fonts from them you can't distribute those under any license except the OFL.
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MekF Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
This font (and Graublau Web) makes my report look much better
feryardiant Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
awesome! :D
MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Really beautiful! Are there differences between Temporarium and Gentium or is it just the rendering?
chemoelectric Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
There are no real differences. Now that newer releases of Gentium are available, I suggest trying those instead.
MajorMarmot Featured By Owner May 26, 2009
I love your font, I actually find it easier to read than Gentium, maybe because you made the capital letters a little bit taller, and that was basically my problem with Gentium. But I still have the problem with the accented "i". Already installed and uninstalled the font from several sources and it's still the same. So sad
chemoelectric Featured By Owner May 26, 2009
I didn't actually change the outlines in any significant way; the changes are mainly that I converted from TrueType to PostScript and did some PostScript hinting. The difference in height is probably an artifact of the rendering program.

Outlines might have been changed slightly as part of converting the format, and simplifying the outlines a little to make them easier to hint.

I don't work anymore on that sort of project, on account of it being too difficult on my disabled hands; there is too much repetitive motion designing with bezier curves. Instead I work only with font design in the rather new "Spiro" format (which I then convert to PostScript fonts); much easier on my hands, but there isn't yet a known good procedure for converting PostScript fonts to Spiro.
Cherry-Cotton Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
Yeah... after reading about Temporarium and its origins, I tried Gentium as well for my NYT Greasemonkey scripts, but Temporarium renders a lot better in Firefox than Gentium does. So, uh, you did well, in that respect :)

I’ll try this new version, now. Thanks!
chemoelectric Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008
Maybe Gentium Basic would work better than Gentium, except I don't think they've put much work into the hinting yet. Generally it is a lot easier to hint a PostScript-flavored font than a TrueType font.
Cherry-Cotton Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008
This is a great font! I’ve been using it to read The New York Times in. (Thanks to Greasemonkey, I have christened the Times with a custom style, and Temporarium looks great and renders well in Firefox.)

I’ve noticed one problem: there’s something strange with the accented, lowercase i. For some reason, when the “i” has an accent, there will be a small gap before the rest of the word. So, something like “naïve” will become something like “naï ve.” I’ve noticed this at least with “ï” and “í”.

Let me know if you can figure this out. I found this font at the Open Font Library, by the way. Thanks!
chemoelectric Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
Actually it's fixed here. I still have to upload to OFL.
chemoelectric Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
It should be fixed now. It's strange, because my fontforge source file didn't have the bug but the OpenType font did. Perhaps it was a bug in fontforge at the time when I generated the font.

As for credit for the font design, that all belongs to Victor Gaultney. I just converted the font to PostScript from TrueType and simplified the outlines a little. Gaultney, on the other hand, went to the trouble of getting a master's degree in type design and devoting years of his life to expanding and improving the Gentium family.

Possibly the original Gentium, or Gentium Basic, would actually work better for you: [link]
It really depends on the software; the TrueType doesn't work very well in Adobe Reader.

(The default font for the Times on-line appears to be Georgia, which is a very common choice for websites. I think of Georgia as Microsoft's substitute for New Century Schoolbook.)
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