Fonts

FontSwap Changes The Font of your iPhone

Well folks, FontSwap finally made its way to firmware 2.x and let me tell you right off the bat that it’s better than ever. Custom fonts on your iPhone are the cherry on top of all your customizations and I had been waiting for that for a while.

Before updating to 2.2, I had some custom fonts on my lock screen and in my notes but to get there, I had had to manually edit some files on my iPhone, which doesn’t come without risk… When I restored, updated and jailbroke my 2.2 iPhone, I really didn’t want to go through the whole process again but thankfully, FontSwap is now making it easy for us to change every font on the iPhone.

So let’s have a closer look at FontSwap… After installing and launching the app, you are given four different font customization options: dialer fonts, lockclock fonts, notes fonts, and system fonts.

The dialier font, like the name says, is the font of your phone dialer. You only have one font option for your dialer, and it’s NeoTech, the font that I had previously installed on my iPhone.

You can also customize the font of the clock on your lock screen. To do so, simply go to LockClock Fonts and you will have the ability to choose from five different fonts, plus the default one.

Getting rid of the ugly notes app font has never been easier… Simply choose this option from the menu and you’ll be able to change the notes font to either Calibri, or Notec.

Finally, you can change the system font, which is pretty much everything else on your iPhone. Changing the system fonts will change the font of your SMS and Mail apps. The System Fonts option offers the largest variety of fonts with no less than 10 fonts for you to choose from.

When you choose a font, a message will pop up giving you 3 options: install & respring iPhone; install & relaunch FontSwap; or cancel. I recommend installing and respringing every single time. That may avoid some problems.

I do have a few remarks about this great app. For one, I really would like to see Arial ported to the iPhone. Along with Helvetica, Arial is the easiest font to read, and most agreable to look at, in my opinion anyway.

Second remark is that FontSwap should give you a preview of every font, a la Photoshop, so you don’t have to try every font to see if you like it or not.

Finally, there is no check mark indicating which font you’re on which is kind of stupid as 2 days from now, I won’t be able to remember what font is on my lock screen or in my notes. Gosh, I can’t even remember now and I installed the fonts 10 minutes ago…

All in all, it’s a great app if you want to push your iPhone or iPod Touch customization a notch further. I forgot to mention that this app is available for free in Cydia, which means you’re iPhone has to be jailbroken. That might be reason number 1,643,894 for jailbreaking your iPhone!

How to replace the iPhone font

[digg-me]Clear, legible, and ordered, Helvetica was developed in 1957 at the Haas Foundry in Munchenstein, Switzerland. It gained immediate, worldwide acceptance among typographers and designer folk. Today it’s everywhere. All over London and New York, on storefronts, street signs, subways, planes and trains, income tax forms, postboxes and BMWs, print and television ads, billboards, letterhead, everywhere. And there are no half-measures: designers either love it or hate it.

Helvetica is the default font on the iPhone and it kinda bores me so I chose to replace it with another font. I did some research online to find a way to replace the font on my iPhone and although I thought I would find many sites talking about it, I didn’t…

However, I came across James is bored and found a way to replace Helvetica with a font called NeoTech. Note that this will not replace the font called Marker Felt, which is used for the iPhone’s Note application (we’ll get to this later).

How to replace the default iPhone font with NeoTech:

Download NeoTech Font iPhone 2.0 and extract it to your desktop
Connect to the iPhone with iPhoneBrowser or WinSCP
Navigate to the following folders on your iPhone and backup the following files, adding .bak at the end (this is just a precautionary measure, you don’t ever wanna lose your original files)
/System/Library/Fonts/Cache/Helvetica.ttf
/System/Library/Fonts/Cache/HelveticaBold.ttf
Copy the files you extracted in Step 1 in these same folders
Restart your iPhone

This hack doesn’t replace the ugly Marker Felt font used for iPhone Notes though. I did a lot of research and didn’t find any trick to replace this font. Before the 2.0 firmware, this workaround used to work but it doesn’t work on 2.0 or 2.1. There is also another workaround to get Arial for your Notes but it’s just a workaround… meaning that it’s not a real fix to your problem as you have to manually change the Notes settings every time you create a new note.

Please let me know if any of you guys know how to permanently replace the Notes font. Thanks.