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August 15, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

The latest software acronym to take Japan by storm is DTP for DeskTop Publishing, complicated there by the variety and number of kanji or Chinese characters used: an indispensable feature in Japan is outline fonts (otherwise known as vector fonts) and font production systems – Japanese has 7,000 characters in the JIS first and second standard list alone, with the different fonts required increasing that number two to three-fold; until recently, outline fonts were created by a special designer and then converted to vector data, with such a system costing thousands of dollars – millions of yen; although Mitsubishi Corp was first cab off the rank by picking up the distributorship for a personal computer-based font creation system developed by software house Information and Control Laboratories, Sony is currently winning the desktop publishing battle by working with Dai Nippon Printing to develop low-cost systems to run on the Sony NEWS Unix workstation – it ported to the Sony machine a font production system from a US firm, UWR, thereby reducing the cost of such a system to around $45,000 from nearer $750,000; Mitsubishi has also dropped the price of its system to around $11,200; Ricoh has yet to price its system.

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