In love with a font

by Francois Joseph de Kermadec

The recent release of Coda has been splashed all over the Internet over the past few days. As usual, the Panic team has done an outstanding job and delivered an application that is both visually innovative and quintessentially Mac-like. Coda, unfortunately, does not fit into my already Panic-powered workflow, except for one little gem, that I already cannot live without.


Sham The Sam
2007-04-24 18:41:53
if you take a look at the file under the Font Book microscope, it looks like it's a modification of Bitstream Vera. nice find...
Tony Arnold
2007-04-24 19:14:53
It's a repackaged version of either Bitstream Vera Sans Mono, or Deja Vu Mono Sans. Open source fonts all they way, hey?
2007-04-24 19:26:14
It is a licensed version of bitstream vera sans mono...
2007-04-24 20:18:48
As others have commented it is a version of Bitstream Vera sans. have a look at DevaVu if you like it. It has more glyphs and is updated in various other ways. I use both, but lately have been using Inonsolata and Consolas.
2007-04-24 22:31:50
For me, nothing beats Andale Mono 12.
Harley Cooper
2007-04-24 22:36:37
I stand by Monaco 12pt.
Nothing beats it in terms of readability for me...
Jacob Rus
2007-04-25 00:02:59
Monaco 9 4evah! (no antialiasing!)

But yeah, if you like Panic Sans, you should use DejaVu Sans Mono, which has many more glyphs, for those times when you need to write your websites in Greek or whatever. ;)

2007-04-25 00:04:08
Thanks to all who posted with personal experiences and tips! - FJ
Ned Baldessin
2007-04-25 03:20:23
Eli, how did you get the Inonsolata and Consolas fonts? I've found that you can download them from Microsot (here : ) but they come packaged in an .exe.


2007-04-25 05:28:37
Ned: You can extract the fonts from the .exe. Just use cabextract like shown on
2007-04-25 06:20:48
Inconsolata doesn't have a slashed zero, which is essential. Consolas seems to have some rendering issues in some Mac apps.

Fonts look very different at small point sizes. 12 point is great if you can stand it, but I'd have to have a pretty large or pretty dense monitor to be happy with it.

I'm using Deja Vu Mono Sans 9 (antialiased) in TextMate. Best so far, but I'd like a bit more emphasis on punctuation characters.

2007-04-25 07:01:35
I, too, prefer Monaco for code. But when showing code to classes, I sometimes want to set a few tokens in bold, and I haven't been able to find a bold version of Monaco. Anybody know where I can find one?
Paul Mison
2007-04-25 09:35:37
I use a slightly modified version of Monaco from the days of System 8.5 or so, when the punctuation was still a single pixel (not four, which I find to be far too heavy).

I suspect Coda's doing something odd in the way it finds fonts to use, however, because it's using the system Monaco in preference to mine (which lives in ~/Library/Fonts/).

Keith Veleba
2007-04-25 09:48:45
No doubt. This is a great font and looks great for TextMate as well. I'm hooked.
Grant Hutchinson
2007-04-25 10:12:07
I use 9 pt Monaco with an almost religious fervor as well. However, for a nice change of pace, try 9 pt Anonymous by Mark Simonson.

Reinier Meenhorst
2007-04-26 05:12:28
You are in luck, as it is an packaged/adapted version of Vera Sans.
Samurai Coder has a comparison on flickr.

Andy Lee
2007-04-26 09:26:57
Thanks for this. I would probably have checked out Coda eventually, but this article made me download it just for the font. I haven't been this happy with a monospace font in a *long* time, since my NextStep days. I'm probably just weird, but I feel like it has significantly improved my quality of life -- like a cloud has been lifted.

I used to like Monaco, but in recent years it has had kind of a dull PalmOS feel to me. Maybe I'm just tired of it.

Oh, and I still have to get around to checking out Coda.

Tom Tedeschi
2007-04-26 13:24:33
A while back, when Apple experimented with an online service called e-World, they used a great font for screen display called Espy Sans. E-Word is history, but Espy isn't -- it's been resurrected under the name Nu Sans, and is available in both proportional and mono (as well as serif, I think).
DL Byron
2008-02-06 05:49:18
I want to like Coda, but there's no validation that I can find -- how it's an IDE without that, unsure. I love the font as well, but why wouldn't it get installed in font book . . .