Free Font Saves You Money On Ink

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Eco font exampleHere's a neat idea. Eco Font is a family of fonts that you can install on your PC. Although they look perfectly normal, each letter contains dozens of tiny holes in the character. So where you'd expect to find a solid black line, it actually contains loads of white (or not-as-black) dots too.

Even looking closely at the output from your printer, you'd be hard pressed to notice anything different. Except that, according to the company behind the fonts, those holes in each character mean that you can save on ink costs.

Although the complete set of fonts (see www.ecofont.com) costs around $20 for each PC, one of the fonts is available for free. It's a nice looking sans-serif font (rather like the one you're reading now). If you switch to printing your letters and other documents in this font, instead of whatever you use as your default setting in your word processor, it could actually save you money.

You'll find the download at http://www.ecofont.com/en/products/green/font/download-the-ink-saving-fo... and it's completely free. Just right-click it and choose the Install option, once it's downloaded, and Windows should install it for you. It will then be available in all your applications, and should work just fine with your printer.

 

 

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I went toner about ten years ago. I print so rarely that every time I needed to print something I had to take a trip to Fry's to get a new ink cartridge. Since the switch, I think I'm on my third set of toner cartridges. Certainly a lot less money than all the dried up ink cartridges I threw away.

I've had people point out that I could have printed a page or two every week, to keep the ink from drying up. But, that still results in a much higher price per page for the documents I actually cared about. I'm reasonably sure that doing that would have resulted in over 3/4 of my output to being "head clearing" pages. Some years, much more.

The best idea to save ink is go "paperless" and quit printing. Only print something that has to have wet blue ink signature. For those who have to print, this is a good idea and could be combined with the fast draft setting on the printer.

Easy install to Win 7 Premium directly to "fonts" folder. I figure - what the heck - if I can save a few bucks, I'm all for it.

I hear complaints all of the time about inkjet & cannot understand why more people don't know about "draft" or fast mode printing? I use mine for my work (invoices, etc) plus have two kids in high school/uni printing to ours & I only replace the ink, at most, 3 times a year. Hardly budget-busting?

Has anyone actually tested the claims or do we just take the developer's word that it saves ink?

I gave up long ago on inkjet cartridges (though I use the scanner on an old inkjet printer) and bought a 25+ year old HP Laserjet. The 6500-page recharged cartridge for it is $26. If the old Laserjet dies, I just buy another one for less than $100 including postage, and off I go again.

For drafts, I use an ancient Oki Microline 320 Turbo (dot matrix). I've yet to blow through the six boxes of continuous-feed paper I've picked up at second-hand stores for a few dollars. It's just not worth the inkjet cartridge cost, regardless the font used.

Agreed. Inkjet printers are a huge hole in which you shovel money. I picked up a cheapo Pantum laser printer the other day. When the ink runs out on my Epson AIO it would be relegated to scanning only.

To anyone (like me) who is wary of giving out their email address, a disposable email address works just as well. I'll let you figure out the "Name" part yourself though. Also, even though the developer say the holes aren't visible on your screen you CAN see them if you are using a program which has a "Print Preview" function.