All sorts of QL fonts available for download, including QL system character fonts, Line Design/Proforma/Prowess fonts and miscellaneous fonts for packages like Page Designer 2 and 3 for example.
Fonts for use with QDOS/SMSQ as system fonts. Unless otherwise specified, these fonts are installed via the CHAR_USE extension in Toolkit 2, or other equivalent means of using new system fonts.
Miscellaneous collections of QL fonts, suitable for use with BASIC via the CHAR_USE command or equivalent, and suitable for use with many QL art and publishing programs such as Page Designer 2 or 3, for example.
QL Fonts 1 (34K) - a collection of QL fonts
from the Page Designer packages
QL Fonts 2 (27K) - a collection of 8-pixel wide QL fonts from the Page Designer packages
QL Fonts 3 (4K) - a small collection of QL fonts
QL Fonts 4 (32K) - another collection of assorted QL fonts
IBM Fonts (7K) - a small collection of IBM character set fonts for the QL. Includes line and block graphics, based on PC8 set.
A font for QDOS which provides the Euro currency symbol at CHR$(181)
like the SMSQ/E fonts. CHR$(181) is accessed with CTRL SHIFT u on a U.K.
keyboard, for example.
Transfonter is a program which converts a standard QL font to an ISO-8859-1 equivalent, remapping characters in the process. (6K) (Marcos Cruz)
An eight disk pack of fonts converted from freeware Adobe Type 1 compatible fonts with the Pfb2Pff package from Progs. Suitable for use with Line Design, Proforma, Prowess etc. The eight disks may be separately downloaded as required. May be used alone or all together.
Font Pack 1, disk 1 (402K)
Font Pack 1, disk 2 (421K)
Font Pack 1, disk 3 (373K)
Font Pack 1, disk 4 (402K)
Font Pack 1, disk 5 (383K)
Font Pack 1, disk 6 (407K)
Font Pack 1, disk 7 (407K)
Font Pack 1, disk 8 (359K)
Font Pack 1 description text file (4K)
I thought that the source files for these fonts had been lost forever, but recently I managed to recover most of the freeware Type 1 fonts I used to convert these fonts. So, I thought I'd make them available here in case they are of interest to anyone (e.g. to produce documents on both QL and other systems using the same fonts). Also included is a subset of the fonts as True Types (all that I could find, at least). Note the file size of the fonts collections.
font1atm.zip (8.5MB) [06/08/16]
fontpak1ttf.zip (6.2MB) [14/08/16]
A one disk set of fonts for use with Line Design, Proforma, Prowess etc.
Font Pack 2 (363K)
A small collection of fonts of Celtic-appearance for Line Design,
Proforma, Prowess etc.
Font Pack 3 (81K)
Two font families by Phoebus R. Dokos for use with Line Design,
Proforma, Prowess etc, both fonts having Euro currency symbols accessed
either via the \paragraph\ entity, or with CTRL SHIFT u on U.K. keyboards.
Guardian.zip (58K) - a family of Guardian serifed fonts (normal, bold, italic, bold-italic)
SuisseLatin.zip (52K) - a family of non-serifed SuisseLatin fonts
Two freeware fonts for the Professional Publisher program from Digital
Two HDF fonts for Professional Publisher and Page Designer 3 (note: not
suitable for earlier versions of Page Designer unfortunately), designed to
look like the fonts Sinclair used on their QL products in the mid 1980s,
the HDF fonts are from Ralf Reköndt.
A small collection of screen display fonts (_f87 files) for use with the
Text 87 word processor
Another collection of screen display fonts (_f87 files) for use with the
Text 87 word processor
SirClive.ttf is a freeware True Type font, suitable for both Windows and
Macintosh. It has been specially designed by Paul Reid, as a tribute to
Sir Clive Sinclair, as Paul puts it in the accompanying text file, "the
single-most reason many got into computing in the first place". I
have converted the font to Adobe Type 1 and from there to _pff format for
use with Proforma and Prowess on the QL. My thanks to Timothy Swenson for
finding this font.
sirclive_ttf.zip (5K) True Type version
sirclive_pfb.zip (10K) ATM Type 1
sirclive_pff.zip (2K) QL Proforma/Prowess _pff font file.
Another freeware Windows True Type font with lower case characters which
look like the fonts Sinclair used in the mid 1980s - handy for when you
need to recreate the Sinclair logo for historical documents, etc. Includes
bold, italic etc variants. Install in Windows as you would any other True
Type font. I have also converted them ATM Type 1 (.afm/.pfb) and Proforma
fonts for use on QL.
sfsquarehead_ttf.zip (59K) Windows True Type version
sfsquarehead_type1.zip (109K) ATM type 1
sfsquarehead_pff.zip (23K) Proforma/Prowess version (for use with Line Design etc).
QL JS ROM Font is a True Type font for Windows, with characters which look like the QL
character set of the JS ROM. I am grateful to Lee Privett for this font.
ql_jsrom.zip (21KB) - True Type version.
qljsrom_pfb.zip (45K) - ATM Type 1 version
qljsrompff.zip (8K) - QL Proforma/Prowess _pff font file.
QL Classic otf.zip (100K) - Cristian on QL Forum has made available his OpenType font set reproducing the classical QL characters. Includes also some extra symbols (Euro, TM, bullet etc). It simulates the width of the characters as they appear on a 4/3 display. There is also a monospace version so you can perfectly align your PROCedures when displaying your progs. 9 variations in all. Cristian says "It's not a super-professional product, but It's freeware (not for commercial purposes!)".
Saxony-Serial-Regular is a font similar to that which was used in QL advertising and documentation. It produced the distinctive 'Sinclair QL' text on the QL boxes, for example. Useful if you wish to re-create this style of text. The zip file contains Windows True Type, Type 1 and QL Proforma/Line Design _pff font.
Download the Saxony-Serial-Regular fonts (81K)
Another similar font is Syntax. At the moment I only have the True Type version:
Download the Syntax font (26K)
ZX Spectrum font. An 8x8 pixel font design, so that text can look like
it was printed on the Spectrum. Thanks again to Timothy Swenson for
locating this one.
sinclair_zx_spectrum_es.zip (5K) True Type font format.
sinclairzxs_pfb.zip (22K) ATM type 1 format.
sinclairzxs_pff.zip (4K) QL Proforma/Prowess version (for use with Line Design etc).
ZX81 Fonts. Two fonts (zx81.ttf and zx81 vdu.ttf) which are based on the
Sinclair ZX81 typeface. Truetype format only at present.
Some font viewing and editing software.
A pointer driven font viewer program for QL fonts. Needs pointer
environment and Toolkit 2. Can view both ordinary 5-pixel wide QL
character founts and 8-pixel wide ("fat") founts which can only
be used in CSIZE 1,0 in mode 4. A few sample fonts included.
Download Font Viewer (49K)
A pointer driven font editor for QL fonts (including Minerva fonts) by
Download Font Editor (65K)
A pointer driven font editor for QL fonts. Requires expanded memory,
Toolkit 2 and Window Manager 2 (either SMSQ/E 3.00 or later, or QDOS with
pointer environment version 2 or later). Can handle wide (8x9) fonts as
well as standard 5x9 in any character range. Facilities to make bold and
italic fonts, copy characters, merge fonts and so on. Several example
fonts supplied. (D. Jones) [21/11/09]
download fonted2.zip (64K)
short SuperBASIC program to install an extension called UDG, which is a
very early Sinclair routine for User Defined Graphics. It was
originally sent out by Sinclair in response to Help queries regarding
fonts and user defined graphics - I scanned the document and the text
file version and BASIC program are in the zip file below, while the PDF
is a scan of the original document for posterity.
udg.zip (2K) - SuperBASIC program and text file
udgs.pdf (91K) - scanned PDF of original Sinclair help sheet
Allows you to use alternative fonts instead of the High/Low fonts in
Rich Mellor extension for installing new fonts. 2 sample fonts included,
called italics_fnt and bold_fnt. Assembler sources for the extension
One of the earliest vector fonts system for the QL.
A program to create and download fonts to printers with suitable
download font buffers.
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