Requests for sIFR 3

What do you want to see in sIFR 3? Head on over to Mike Davidson’s post sIFR 3: A Request for Requests and let the developers know, and you might get it.

Some things that I would like to see, though I’m not sure if they are even possible:

  • Live resizing of text when text size is increased in the browser.
  • Better support for non-fixed width layouts. Oh, maybe that’s covered by on-the-fly resizability of sIFR elements when windows are resized.
  • Speed.
  • Remove the need to buy Macromedia Flash to create a Flash file for sIFR ;-p. I have no need for Flash for anything else, and I’m not buying it just to create font files for sIFR.

Remember, leave your requests at Mike Davidson’s site, not here.

Posted on October 28, 2005 in Quicklinks, Typography


  1. Hi Roger, thanks for the post (and your requests). Perhaps it’d be an idea to close comments here? ;-)

  2. I don’t believe the last one (remove the need for Flash) would be possible. The process of opening Flash and selecting a font on your system is verification that you, in fact, own the font and have the right to use it in a creative project. The only technical way they could really make it work without Flash would be to distribute font_name.swf files, and that almost certainly breaks the license agreements for those typefaces.

  3. Jeff, there are free/open source Flash compilers out there.

  4. Oh, in that case, I stand corrected! :)

  5. October 28, 2005 by Scott Wehrenberg

    I’ve gotten about 90% of the way through building sIFR font files with SWFtools. You can find my current build file here

    Resutls vary pretty widely depending on the font and the browser. There’s probably some property on the holder sprite that I’m missing, but it’s rather hard to figure out as I don’t have a copy of Flash.

  6. And you can always use something like FontSmack to get ready made swf files to use with sIFR, wich is a good (and probably not the only of its kind) alternative.

  7. October 29, 2005 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)

    Mark: Nah, I’ll leave comments open unless people start posting their requests here.

    Scott: Ah, SWFTools looks interesting. Too bad they don’t have a binary for Mac OS X. Guess I’ll have to try grabbing the source and compile it myself.

    Leo: Thanks for the Fontsmack tip. I realise now that I’ve been to that site before.

  8. Scott, could you leave me your e-mail address so we can contact you about this?

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