Version History

9.7.2 (December 12, 2001)
Added support for Mac OS 9.2.2. Added version resource to the font suitcase.
9.7.1 (October 9, 2001)
Added support for Mac OS 9.2.1.
9.7 (June 12, 2001)
Fixed an encoding problem in the italic and improved on-screen appearance of the bold.
9.6 (May 29, 2001)
Fixed the family so that it now works in Font Reserve. Also eliminated the bitmaps in the TrueType fonts.
9.5.1 (January 23, 2001)
Quick fix for a few special charaters and fixed a problem with Photoshop and the TrueType version of the font.
9.5 (January 21, 2001)
Added support for Mac OS 9.1. Fixed some bitmaps in the regular and italic that were bothering me.
8.5.2 (January 19, 1999)
Fixed a problem with the files - now PostScript actually is PostScript :-).
8.5.1 (January 16, 1999)
Fixed a problem Stuffit Expander 5.0 had unstuffing the registered user version. Fixed the bitmaps for Nu Sans-Bold Italic and made the "a" more in line with the rest of the family.
8.5 (January 7, 1999)
Added support for the Euro symbol and MacOS 8.5. Modified the "a" and the "y" to be more in line with my vision of what Epsy Sans would look like as a scalable font.
8.1 (February 4, 1998)
Fixed many characters in the whole family. Changed the widths of characters in the regular and bold to more closely match up with the 12 pt bitmap sizes.
8.0 (December 12, 1997)
Redrew the entire family. Nu Sans is now a less "computery" looking font on the printed output.
7.0 (September 30, 1997)
Redrew the entire family. Nu Sans is now based on the 10 pt Espy Sans, instead of 12 pt. Changed documentation from text files to html files.
6.0 (March 20, 1997)
Altered the character outlines to achieve better side bearings in all fonts. The upshot of all this altering is that the character widths are the same as Espy Sans, and the printed output looks great. This is the most legible version of Nu Sans to date. Renamed Epsy Sans to Nu Sans in response to a request from Apple Computer. Here's the whole story:

The font name change

I received this e-mail just as I was finishing up Epsy Sans 6.0.

Date: 03/12 12:51 PM
Received: 03/13 7:51 PM
From: Lynn Bekkala,
To: Martin Pfeiffer,

You are violating US trademark laws, which not only protect product names from being used by others, but also protect against the sort of intentional confusion which is exemplified by changing around a couple of letters of a protected name. Please change the name of the font to something besides EPSY.

I believe that I contacted you about this many months ago.

If you have any questions about this, I will be happy to direct you to our corporate legal counsel, who can clarify this aspect of the law for you.

Lynn Bekkala

Apple Computer

To which I responded:

Please respond in writing. I have never been contacted about any name change. I won't change the name of my font simply based on an e-mail. You can contact me at:

Martin P. Pfeiffer
3045 NE 57th Ave. #C
Vancouver, WA 98661

So Ms. Bekkala responded:

I have forwarded your request to Apple's corporate counsel, per your instructions.

Lynn Bekkala


                             Lynn Marie Bekkala 
                             phone: 408.974.9374

                             APPLE COMPUTER, INC.
                        International Font Development  
                             1 Infinite Loop
                             Mailstop 302-3KS 
                             Cupertino, CA 95014


Now I noticed the sig (which was not on here first e-mail to me) and concluded that she had a valid request. So I wrote back that I would poll my registered users for new names and then submit them to Apple for approval. Here are all the names I received:

Moderne Sans
Simplicity Sans
Nu Sans
Dorfmann Sans
Dare Sans
Lies Sans
Consequences Sans
UpTheirs Sans
Coping Sans
Eppsie Sans
Epp-See Sans
Epp-Sea Sans
Aes-Pea Sans
S-P Sans
Next Best Thing Sans
Almost Copland Sans
Eight Is Enough! Sans
Next Time Sans
Epsum Sans
Sysiphus Sans
Epsissy Sans
Espree Sans
Humanist Sans
Epsi Sans
Litigious Sans
Virtue Sans
Beauty Sans
Austin Sans
Seattle Sans
BHA Sans
Doppleganger Sans
Notspy Sans
Injunction Sans
Oopsie San
Bastard Sans
Sosumi Sans
Espinoza Sans
Noza Sans
Epsa Sans
Itsy Sans

And here is the e-mail I received from Apple:

Date: 03/17 8:20 AM
Received: 03/17 5:39 PM
From: TJ Angioletti,
To: Marty Pfeiffer,
CC: LYNN Bekkala,
Elizabeth Greer,

Dear Marty,

Apple appreciates your decision to change the name of your font. Pursuant to your proposed list, we do not have a problem with the following names: Moderne Sans, Simplicity Sans, Nu Sans, Virtue Sans and Beauty Sans. Please note that while Apple approves your use of these names, we are not guaranteeing their availability with respect to third parties. Accordingly, you may wish to seek advice of counsel prior to use.

With respect to the other names on your list, I will simply state that use of a name which is similar to an Apple trademark (via sight, sound or meaning) or disparages Apple is a concern to us. Thus, we would appreciate you moving in a different direction.

Lastly, the only approval offered via this letter involves your use of the above referenced names. Apple reserves all rights it has in its font designs and in no way authorizes your use of such designs.

Thank you again for your cooperation. Please contact me if you have any questions.


Apple Computer, Inc.
T.J. Angioletti
(408) 974-2385

5.0 (December 3, 1996)
Redrew the entire font family (again!). Mostly made characters more rounded in appearance. Integrated Nu Sans Book and Book Italic into the Nu Sans family.
4.0 (June 23, 1996)
Redrew the entire font family. Increased overshoot on curved characters. Made characters like "a" & "s" more rounded. Slightly modified character side bearings to increase readability. Created new fonts: Italic, Bold Italic and Small Caps & Old Style Figures. Fixed the problem in 10-point Nu Sans TrueType.
3.2 (June 7, 1996)
Fixed a problem with Nu Sans 10 pt displaying strangely. Modified the characters 2, 7, & and S.
3.1 (May 29, 1996)
Signed up with Kagi for shareware registration. Changed Read Me file to reflect this new method of payment.
3.0 (January 20, 1996)
Redrew some characters to utilize the "overshoot technique." Renamed "Nu Sans-Light" back to "Nu Sans."
2.0 (October 8, 1995)
Added the "Book" weight when I discovered another size of "Espy Sans" with more detail that the one I was working with before (i.e., 16-point instead of 12-point). I still liked the original 12-point version so I renamed it "Light" to make more sense.
1.0 (September 30, 1995)
Initial release.

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