URW LogoThe successor of the company URW (Unternehmensberatung Rubow Weber — from the founders’ names), in Hamburg, Germany. Under the technical direction of Peter Karow, this company led the world in developing digital font technology.

URW++ has established itself in the graphic design industry by continually developing and marketing innovative font and software products.

The development and expansion of global markets and new technologies have brought new challenges and demands for font manufacturers. New products by Western companies are pushing into the Near East and the Asian markets. In order to be successful, such products must be equipped with Asian writing systems fonts, such as Arabic, Hebrew, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and many more.

URW++, being the inventor of digital outline fonts and a pioneer in font technology, has developed and licensed its IKARUS software for more than 30 years for and to Asian customers, enhancing the system step by step to meet the requirements of non-Latin font design and digitization, above all Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Kanji and Hangul. We have learned quite a lot about these scripts and also produced our own range of CJK (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) fonts together with our Asian cooperation and Joint Venture partners.

All Global Fonts contain approximately 35.000 up to 65,000 glyphs including the complete CJK glyph set. Besides all Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic glyphs as well as the complete CJK glyph set, Nimbus Sans Global, Nimbus Roman Global and Nimbus Mono Global also cover Japanese Katakana and Hiragana plus Korean Hangual syllables. Furthermore they are supporting Armenain, Gerogian, Thai , Arabic (including Farsi and Urdu) and Hebrew as well as Devanagari (Hindi).

The Webfont License enables the embedding of a font into a web-domain, so it can be viewed in any browser. Within the licensed domain you are permitted to supply as many websites with the licensed font as you wish.


Franklin Gothic URW


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