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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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Watch all five questions asked by experts amaze the judge.
Corporate S Pro™ Corporate S Pro™
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Corporate S Pro™ Corporate S Pro™
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Corporate S Pro™ Corporate S Pro™
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Boxer M. Tyson packs his bags w/ Jay-Z DVDs, Quik, Holyfield’s ear.
Franklin Gothic™ Franklin Gothic™
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Cozy lummox gives smart squid who asks for job pen.
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King Alexander was just partly overcome after quizzing Diogenes in his tub.
URW Antiqua™ URW Antiqua™

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My grandfather picks up quartz and valuable onyx jewels.
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Astronaut Quincy B. Zack defies gravity with six jet fuel pumps.
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A good quick jab of a pen may vex Will Shortz.
URW DIN™ URW DIN™
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URW DIN™ URW DIN™
URW DIN™ URW DIN™

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Back in my quaint garden jaunty zinnias vie with flaunting phlox.
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Jail zesty vixen who grabbed pay from quack.
Manuskript Antiqua™ Manuskript Antiqua™
by URW

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ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
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Sexy diva Jennifer Lopez wasn’t baking me quiche.
Futura® Round Futura® Round
Futura® Round Futura® Round
Futura® Round Futura® Round
Futura® Round Futura® Round
Futura® Round Futura® Round

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

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Jeb quickly drove a few extra miles on the glazed pavement.
Nimbus Sans Novus™ Nimbus Sans Novus™

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Six crazy kings vowed to abolish my quite pitiful jousts.
URW Imperial™ URW Imperial™

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A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
Transport™ Transport™
by URW

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Jaded zombies acted quaintly but kept driving their oxen forward.
Bee™ Bee™

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Grumpy wizards make toxic brew for the evil Queen and Jack.
URW Garamond™ URW Garamond™

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The big plump jowls of zany Dick Nixon quiver.

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Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.
LP Bambus™ LP Bambus™

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Six crazy kings vowed to abolish my quite pitiful jousts.
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The vixen jumped quickly on her foes barking with zeal.
URW Clarendon® URW Clarendon®

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Many big jackdaws quickly zipped over the fox pen.
Baskerville Baskerville

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Jimmy and Zack, the police explained, were last seen diving into a field of buttered quahogs.
URW Geometric Condensed® URW Geometric Condensed®
URW Geometric Condensed® URW Geometric Condensed®
URW Geometric Condensed® URW Geometric Condensed®
URW Geometric Condensed® URW Geometric Condensed®
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Lazy movers quit hard-packing of papier-mache jewelry boxes.
Bernhard Gothic Bernhard Gothic

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About sixty codfish eggs will make a quarter pound of very fizzy jelly.
Cooper Old Style™ Cooper Old Style™

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Will Major Douglas be expected to take this true-false quiz very soon?
URW Bodoni™ URW Bodoni™

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Mix Zapf with Veljovic and get quirky Beziers.
URW Dock™ URW Dock™
URW Dock™ URW Dock™
URW Dock™ URW Dock™
URW Dock™ URW Dock™
URW Dock™ URW Dock™

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Prized waxy jonquils choke big farm vats.
Venus™ Venus™

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New job: fix Mr. Gluck’s hazy TV, PDQ.
Craw Modern™ Craw Modern™

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Fixing the razor, J.S. Bach vowed to primp quickly.
Florentine™ Florentine™

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Wham! Volcano erupts fiery liquid death onto ex-jazzbo Kenny G.
Ribera™ Ribera™

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Puzzled women bequeath jerks very exotic gifts.

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Jim just quit and packed extra heavy bags for Liz Owen.
Caslon Antique Caslon Antique

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Mozart’s jawing quickly vexed a fat bishop.
Phet™ Phet™

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Baroque? Hell, just mix a dozen wacky pi fonts & you’ve got it.
URW Typewriter™ URW Typewriter™

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How razorback-jumping frogs level six piqued gymnasts!
Nimbus Roman Mono™ Nimbus Roman Mono™

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Five wine experts jokingly quizzed chablis sample.
URW Geometric Extended® URW Geometric Extended®
URW Geometric Extended® URW Geometric Extended®
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URW Geometric Extended® URW Geometric Extended®

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Crazy Fredericka bought many very exquisite opal jewels.
URW Classico™ URW Classico™

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ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
URW Wood Type™ URW Wood Type™

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Jelly-like above the high wire, six quaking pachyderms kept the climax of the extravaganza in a dazzling state of flux.
Baskerville Handcut™ Baskerville Handcut™

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What deaf banjo player gives Max Planck quartz?
Joker DTC Joker DTC
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Joker DTC Joker DTC
Joker DTC Joker DTC
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The July sun caused a fragment of pine wax to ooze on the black velvet quilt.
Nimbus Sans Round™ Nimbus Sans Round™
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Gen. Schwarzkopf’s job quietly vexed him.
Agenda™ Agenda™

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Putin backs away from Iraq zeal; Bush, vexed, jogs.
Corporate E Std™ Corporate E Std™
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Freight to me sixty dozen quart jars and twelve black pans.
Janson® Janson®

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Jaded zombies acted quaintly but kept driving their oxen forward.
Lucida® Calligraphy Lucida® Calligraphy

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Five big quacking zephyrs jolt my wax bed.
Didoni™ Didoni™

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Many-wived Jack laughs at probes of sex quiz.
Casablanca™ Casablanca™
by URW

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Jump by vow of quick, lazy strength in Oxford.
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Viewing quizzical abstracts mixed up hefty jocks.
Castle™ Castle™