Andrew Jaswa

iPhone safe fonts

I was pondering the other day as to what fonts could be used in mobile Safari. I came across an article about this very subject on Daring Fireball. There is even a chart of exactly what fonts are installed on the iphone. It’s a great resource, but it seems a bit overwhelming. We all know that browser and OS support for fonts isn’t as great as we would like. Which is why things like SIFR and image replacement are used. There aren’t a lot of fonts we can use

While Daring Fireball’s list is comprehensive I wanted something that would be a quick reference. So I created my own test based on commonly used web fonts. A quick rundown of the fonts that can be used on MobileSafari:

  • Arial
  • Courier
  • Courier New
  • Garamond
  • Georgia
  • Helvetica
  • Times/Times New Roman
  • Trebuchet MS
  • Verdana

I didn’t test the other fonts that Daring Fireball listed because I’m pretty sure they aren’t “web-safe”. Interestingly enough Daring Fireball doesn’t have Garamond listed. There could be an explanation for this though. Their post is from July 2007, if Apple added Garamond later that would explain it.

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February 15, 2009

iPhone Thursday #3: Light, Flash Light

A while ago I read something like 60% (I’m making that up) of people use their cell phones as a flashlight. Of course now I can’t find the article that I read that in but I would bet that I’m not far off. I use my iPhone almost everyday as a flashlight when I’m going to bed because the way the light switches are set up in my apartment.

So having an app on my iPhone that turned it into a flashlight is very handy. You have a few choices to pick form: Flashlight, Torch and myLite. Of course the one I use is no longer avaiable: Light by Erica Sadun.

One common feature and the one I’ll be focusing on is all of them can turn your screen white. It sort of reminds me of the old Palm apps that turned your screen into a mirror by turning all the pixels black. The white screen for all the apps, except for for Light, can only be as bright as your current brightness setting. So if you need more light you have to open up your settings and change it then re-open the app. Light automatically turns up the brightness to the highest setting. This sometimes is annoying because it doesn’t set it back to the setting you had it on.

Flashlight doesn’t do anything other then turn your screen white. Not much to say there other then it’s free.

Torch on the other hand shows a splash screen and requires you to tap the screen to turn on or off the light.

myLite, last but the most feature rich. Features on an app that turns you iPhone into a flashlight? What? That doesn’t make sense. myLite allows you to change the color and make it darker from your current brightness setting.

December 4, 2008

iPhone Thursday #2: Urbanspoon

Well it’s that time again, Thanksgiving and Thursday. Time for FOOD! Yay. With it being Thanksgiving I figured that it would only be fitting to review a food related app. So I give you Urbanspoon.

Urbanspoon is a fancy little app that allows you to find new restaurants near you or even find ones you already know. Urbanspoon makes use of the accelerometer; when you shake the phone it will preform a random search based on your preferences. It uses a slot machine style interface where you can lock in your preference of neighborhood, type of cuisine and price (or how expensive the place is).

Urbanspoon also allows you to register, find your friends and write reviews of places you’ve been. I haven’t used this feature yet but it does look promising.

If you are looking for a particular restaurant you can use the search or browse features:

Also if you want to just see what is around you, use the Near me functon. I’ll use the built in aGPS to figure out your location and give you a list of the closest restaurants.

Over all Urbanspoon is really easy to use. It has a straight forward interface and gives you pretty good results. I have found though that sometimes (very infrequently) that some of the information is wrong. Sometimes it’ll bring up a restaurant that has been closed down (for years in one case) or moved. They do provide a way to you to notify them of changes but I haven’t see the changes take yet. This could be somewhat troublesome if you are in an unfamiliar place.

Nice little free app that is worth your time if you like to eat (and who doesn’t like food?)

November 27, 2008
Andrew Jaswa