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How should I summarize it?... iPhone fonts suck in many ways..., so I changed them to Nokia S60 . ...I love Helvetica , it's a great font. Really. Sleek, tight,
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    Default iPhone fonts suck, so I changed them to Nokia S60
    How should I summarize it?... iPhone fonts suck in many ways..., so I changed them to Nokia S60.

    ...I love Helvetica, it's a great font. Really. Sleek, tight, sobre. Essence. So masculine. I really like it. But on the tight screen of the phone a more condensed font looks better. So... tada... meet Nokia S60. Condensed, legible, with personality. I like it so much, so I decided to put it on my iPhone. I liked it even more after that, so I decided I would share that soothing pleasure with you guys.

    Also, iPhone's Mobile Safari [fonts] lack script support beside Latin-1, and so, by this replacement, it gains a much greater Unicode coverage (no more Times+Helvetica interbreeding, yay!).

    Some background: the iPhone UI is hardcoded in Helvetica, so almost every other font in the system (/var/Fonts and /var/Fonts/Cache) appears to be used by Mobile Safari or some other applications; there lies Arial, Courier New, Georgia, Times New Roman, Trebuchet, Verdana and some asian fonts -- the common www fonts. Marker Felt is used in Notes.app. American Typewriter is conspicuously absent from any application I've seen so far. Some of them, like Apple Gothic Regular (some asian script) and Helvetica Neue (cyrillic) are used only for some non-english scripts. The fonts are fine, I don't complain about their appearance, but I lack the Unicode support.

    Basically you would replace the fonts from your iPhone (/var/Fonts and /var/Fonts/Cache) with those provided here. I won't teach you how to do it, or how to make a backup of your system files. It's very trivial and you will find that info practically everywhere. But, of course, your iPhone needs to be jailbreaken.

    That's about it. Enjoy the mod and feel free to give feedback.

    --Brinzei
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    Last edited by brinzei; 05-07-2008 at 03:16 PM. Reason: Added iPhone_NokiaS60_Georgia.zip
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    I'm a Turkish iPhone user, and i need some characters like ı ğ ş ...

    i like the S60 font but there is a question. does it include Turkish characters?

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    just download it and take a looksy. It'd be alot quicker than waiting for a reply imo. You could always just replace it with a font that includes Turkish characters if the Nokia S60 font doesn't i think. But i haven't done this nor do i know how to so...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopar View Post
    I'm a Turkish iPhone user, and i need some characters like ı ğ ş ...

    i like the S60 font but there is a question. does it include Turkish characters?
    Yes, it does, but Ş/ş is Ș/ș (with commabelow, not cedilla), because romanians use comma below.
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    Thanks so much. I figured it out to transfer all files. Great idea I loved nokia fonts and now have them again.
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    Thanks,really good...

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    Looks great to me thanks again



    You can see the fonts better in my mailbox..


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    can someone upload the files it writes over? i didnt get a chance to back up =[
    also can you change the files so it only replaces fonts everywhere but on the sms app? maybe its just me but whenever you text someone the bubble is abnormally large? idk it just doesnt look good

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    Quote Originally Posted by st3b0 View Post
    can someone upload the files it writes over? i didnt get a chance to back up =[
    also can you change the files so it only replaces fonts everywhere but on the sms app? maybe its just me but whenever you text someone the bubble is abnormally large? idk it just doesnt look good
    The original fonts are replaced with this mod, so you can't have the (old) Helvetica and the (new) Nokia S60 simultaneously.

    That bubble is hideous, but I believe it can be changed into something else by modifying MobileSMS.app (the bubbles are two PNGs in that folder).

    I attached the original, unmodified fonts (from /var/Fonts/Cache/).
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    THANKS soooo much (i already thanked =])
    yah those bubbles are ridiculous... i love the font though its just those oddly shaped bubbles. i didnt think they would bother me as much as they did.

    thank you sir once again
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickTuso View Post
    Looks great to me thanks again



    You can see the fonts better in my mailbox..

    From where are your icons?

    brinzei, so much thanks! Now my iPhone is more lovely!

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    yeah the bubbles get on my nerves. At first i was like..it would pass over...but got damn

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    Quote Originally Posted by st3b0 View Post
    yah those bubbles are ridiculous... i love the font though its just those oddly shaped bubbles. i didnt think they would bother me as much as they did.
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    yeah the bubbles get on my nerves. At first i was like..it would pass over...but got damn
    That bothers me too, so I lowered them 2 pixels and changed them to something much simpler. The font has different metrics than Helvetica and the bubbles do not perfectly fit. Files attached (replace the ones in MobileSMS.app folder).
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    Gday guys

    Anybody know which font is on the status bar?
    I wanna change the font to a better one but can't seem to find which one it is in the font list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schumy View Post
    From where are your icons?

    brinzei, so much thanks! Now my iPhone is more lovely!
    No problem. The icon set has reflective dock optional icons and you should def use those if you like mine. Just replace the icons you use for the dock with reflective ones and bam they look shiny.
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    Thanks NickTuso. That icons are so beautiful!

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    Love this font. I used to have a N73 and N80 and one of the things I missed about the phone (among other many things) was the font.

    Now I have it back. Thanks for this!

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    Safari, to be realistic, looks like crap with the Nokia font. And really bad memories from the current Nokia's crap browser. Also its web pages are unreadable in portrait mode. Full HTML support means that most fonts should render properly instead of using Nokia's backward standard of viewing everything the same.

    Found the trick, just replace Helvaetia font in both the /var/fonts/cache and the /fonts/ directory if you only want to use the Nokia font as the system font (covers mail, sms, calendar ...., almost everything but Safari). Leave the others as they are.

    You seem to be good at this. Why don't you create a Nokia-ized Summerboard theme? It would be so old-school. The same way people are using IntelliScreen and iToday to turn their phones into cluttered Windows Mobile phones.
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    Default Maybe Droid?
    Well, I prefer to replace all the fonts with Nokia S60 (especially in the Safari browser), mostly because it's slightly condensed, it is much more legible at small sizes and it has a great UNICODE coverage.

    On my desktop's browser I use the Droid family (Sans/Serif/Mono) from the Google's Android OS (you can extract them from the SDK). Maybe I will mod them someday for the iPhone, also. They are designed for a mobile screen, after all.
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    I know this topic is out of date but can somebody port these zip files to 3.1.2? I just simply love these fonts!
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