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Linotype expands portfolio of the Compatil Type System – December 7, 2004

Compatil 6.0 sets a new standard in style

Bad Homburg, 07th December 2004. Linotype has enhanced the aesthetics and functionality of its innovative Compatil Type System. In addition to cross-platform solutions in OpenType format and numerous design improvements, genuine italics are now available for each type style in the system. Compatil 6.0 thereby effectively doubles the range of typographic options while improving the functionality and availability of these fonts for international communication.

Thanks to their consistent proportions and appearance, type styles from the Compatil Type System can be mixed freely to create rich typography of the highest order. As Silja Bilz, Senior Consultant of the Compatil Corporate Type Team explains: “Typographic styles are a way of influencing readers’ emotional behavior and consciously steering the way they read. Styles enable designers to emphasize what’s important and create or highlight interesting contrasts. The new italics clearly extend the creative potential of the Compatil System.” The new version has been developed in response to increased demand for highlighting options from Compatil Type System users in the design, advertising and corporate fields and builds on the original tonality concept of the project’s initiator, Professor Olaf Leu.

Linotype GmbH, based in Bad Homburg, Germany and a member of the Heidelberg Group, looks back onto a history of 118 years. Building on its strong heritage, Linotype Library develops state-of-the-art font technology and offers more than 6,000 original fonts, covering the whole typographic spectrum from antique to modern, from east to west, and from classical to experimental. All typefaces (in PostScript™ and TrueType™ format as well as more than 1,400 fonts in OpenTypeTM) are now also available for instant download at In addition to supplying digital fonts, Linotype Library also offers comprehensive and individual consultation and support services for font applications in worldwide (corporate) communication.

If you would like further information, please contact:

Linotype GmbH
Du-Pont-Straße 1
61352 Bad Homburg
Tel.: +49 (0) 61 72 - 484 - 24 60
Fax: +49 (0) 61 72 – 484 - 5 24 60
E-Mail: [email protected]

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German long version (204 kb)
English short version (140 kb)
German short version (148 kb)

Take a closer look at samples of Compatil 6
English long version (136 kb)
German long version (112 kb)