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URW++ is the 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. Its IKARUS suite of font digitization tools and file format standards handles fonts as bitmaps, as greyscale (anti-aliased bitmaps), as vector outlines, and as curved outlines. If a typeface exists on paper, then IKARUS is still the choice of many professionals. The program uses the unfashionable puck as input method.

The present company continues to market and develop IKARUS (now running on Windows, Macintosh, and UNIX workstations), as well as LINUS, a logo production tool. The large collection of URW fonts is sold in single font packs, or in bulk on CDs. The company has a very good reputation in Europe for quality and attention to the Central European market.

URW font names often include a letter indicating the usage of the font. The codes and their meanings are:

  • T = Text
  • D = Display
  • L = Laserwriter (former core fonts)
  • M = Monospaced
  • E = Extreme (extremely wide or tight, very small or big sizes)
  • P = Poster (extremely large sizes)

Beginning in 2016, URW++ offers a collection of fonts with broad language support (including non-latin) under the URW++ Global foundry name.

Foundry details

  • Founded: 1995
  • Location:
    URW Type Foundry
    Hamburg, 22419
    Germany
    phone: +49 (0)40 60 60 51 11
    toll free: +49 40 60 60 50

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Corporate S Pro™ Corporate S Pro™
Corporate S Pro™ Corporate S Pro™
Corporate S Pro™ Corporate S Pro™
Corporate S Pro™ Corporate S Pro™
Corporate S Pro™ Corporate S Pro™
by URW
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Franklin Gothic™ Franklin Gothic™
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Sex prof gives back no quiz with mild joy.
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Jeb quickly drove a few extra miles on the glazed pavement.
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URW DIN™ URW DIN™
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URW DIN™ URW DIN™
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Forsaking monastic tradition, twelve jovial friars gave up their vocation for a questionable existence on the flying trapeze.
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by URW

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Futura® Round Futura® Round
Futura® Round Futura® Round
Futura® Round Futura® Round
Futura® Round Futura® Round

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Gen. Schwarzkopf’s job quietly vexed him.
URW Grotesk™ URW Grotesk™

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Wham! Volcano erupts fiery liquid death onto ex-jazzbo Kenny G.
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URW Dock Condensed™ URW Dock Condensed™
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URW Dock Condensed™ URW Dock Condensed™
URW Dock Condensed™ URW Dock Condensed™
URW Dock Condensed™ URW Dock Condensed™

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URW Imperial™ URW Imperial™

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Beloved Groucho joked with a mix of zany quips.
Transport™ Transport™
by URW

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Cozy sphinx waves quart jug of bad milk.
Bee™ Bee™

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Would you please examine both sizes of jade figures very quickly.
URW Garamond™ URW Garamond™

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Sympathizing would fix Quaker objectives.

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Quick wafting zephyrs vex bold Jim.
LP Bambus™ LP Bambus™

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Jim just quit and packed extra heavy bags for Liz Owen.
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Schnebel Slab Pro Schnebel Slab Pro
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Schnebel Slab Pro Schnebel Slab Pro
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URW Clarendon® URW Clarendon®
URW Clarendon® URW Clarendon®
URW Clarendon® URW Clarendon®
URW Clarendon® URW Clarendon®

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Schwarzkopf vexed Iraq big-time in July.
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Dumpy kibitzer jingles as exchequer overflows.
Bernhard Gothic Bernhard Gothic

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New farmhand proves strong but lazy, picking just six quinces.
Cooper Old Style™ Cooper Old Style™

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URW Bodoni™ URW Bodoni™

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Questions of a zealous nature have become by degrees petty waxen jokes.
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URW Geometric Condensed® URW Geometric Condensed®
URW Geometric Condensed® URW Geometric Condensed®
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Turgid saxophones blew over Mick’s jazzy quiff.
Venus™ Venus™

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Grumpy wizards make toxic brew for the evil Queen and Jack.
Craw Modern™ Craw Modern™

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Florentine™ Florentine™

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Ribera™ Ribera™

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Sexy diva Jennifer Lopez wasn’t baking me quiche.
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Phet™ Phet™

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URW Typewriter™ URW Typewriter™

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Nimbus Roman Mono™ Nimbus Roman Mono™

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URW Geometric Extended® URW Geometric Extended®
URW Geometric Extended® URW Geometric Extended®
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URW Geometric Extended® URW Geometric Extended®
URW Geometric Extended® URW Geometric Extended®

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URW Classico™ URW Classico™
URW Classico™ URW Classico™
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URW Classico™ URW Classico™
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Baskerville Handcut™ Baskerville Handcut™

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Joker DTC Joker DTC
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Agenda™ Agenda™

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Corporate E Std™ Corporate E Std™
Corporate E Std™ Corporate E Std™
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Corporate E Std™ Corporate E Std™
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Janson® Janson®

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Many-wived Jack laughs at probes of sex quiz.
Lucida® Calligraphy Lucida® Calligraphy

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Didoni™ Didoni™

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A mad boxer shot a quick, gloved jab to the jaw of his dizzy opponent.
Casablanca™ Casablanca™
by URW

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Mozart’s jawing quickly vexed a fat bishop.
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