16 Aug 2010 6 am eastern

iPad Fonts Petition

Jeffrey Zeldman Presents

Dear Apple: It is a triumph of engineering and marketing and general cause for joy that Apple provides highly functional iPad versions of Keynote, Pages, and Numbers for a mere $9.99 apiece. Alas, the iPad versions’ inability to import or transfer fonts diminishes the apps’ value and utility.

You, Apple, have done much to foster today’s design culture, so it is no surprise to you that we designers are particular about the fonts we use. One font is not the same as another. Helvetica is not the same as Franklin or Gotham. You know this as well as we do. Which means you also know that, in transferring Keynote presentations and Pages layouts between the Macs and iPads you sell us, our joy gets dented when the iPad replaces our fonts with “a close match” or Helvetica.

And it’s not just a matter of joy. I sometimes spend weeks on a Keynote presentation, and so do my colleagues. We’d love to be able to work on them whether we have a Mac or an iPad at hand—that, after all, is the promise of the devices we buy from you; frankly, it is the promise of all computers. But when the iPad loses my fonts, it loses me. A Keynote presentation with substitute fonts is of no use to me, except perhaps as a rehearsal tool—and I can just as easily rehearse with a PDF.

Please either add the ability to retain fonts (and all their settings) when importing Keynote, Pages, and Numbers documents from computer to iPad, or else please create a simple font management tool for the iPad that allows us to import a reasonable subset of our fonts to the device.


Jeffrey Zeldman

Filed under: Apple, Applications, apps, art direction, Design, Designers, Fonts, ipad

273 Responses to “iPad Fonts Petition”

  1. Anil Dash said on

    I’m not a big believer in the efficacy of online petitions, but I feel strongly enough about this one to join in — communications tools should honor the messages they’re being used to communicate.

    I’d assume, from Apple’s part, that these types of format-fidelity features are on a roadmap somewhere, competing with lots of other more ambitious or technologically impressive capabilities. Apple: Hold off on the other stuff. We don’t need it yet to do our jobs. But not having our work get wrecked when we’re on the go is a fundamental requirement, even if it were merely solved by preserving formatting data while we work on iPads and then restoring those styles when we sync back to the desktop.

  2. David Hughes said on

    I wasn’t aware the apps lacked full font support; I won’t be buying them now.

    I’ll wait for Apple to add font support.

  3. Grant Vandersee said on

    Here here. It is important to continue the beautiful design for which Apple is so widely known, that proper font support be provided on all devices – computer, iPhone, iPad, etc

  4. Diane DiPiazza said on

    It would be a wonderful thing. dd

  5. Raphael Campardou said on

    @Anil I think Apple is not a strong believer of petitions either.
    But I agree 100% with the need to push the envelop on the suite.
    I’m sure though, that they never intended to stop at v1.

  6. Zach Inglis said on

    Oh, I would love this.

    I often write documents to clients on my iPad while in the park or such. It’s an itch I’ve wanted scratched since I bought my iPad.

  7. Pedro Vasconcelos said on

    I agree with everything said here.
    (although a petition should only require a name:)

  8. Erik Vorhes said on

    Add me to the list, too. (Though I wonder if the biggest hurdle is font licensing?)

  9. Joey Bolender said on

    I believe this is one of my top five gripes with the iPad and iPhone. And I do, only have five. I don’t enjoy when I see a typeface substituted with dramatically different typefaces, it’s a huge annoyance. I decided not to buy Keynote for iPad when I learned that you could only use the type that Apple makes available for the iPad. This is not designer friendly, and it is a missing feature.

  10. Stefan Rechsteiner said on

    Full Font support for iOS-Apps!

  11. Mike Bowser said on

    Using Keynote almost as much as Photoshop these days, so I add my support to this petition!

  12. oVan said on

    I see no reason why full font support should be absent on the iPad. I’m surr most of us are pretty capable of selecting a subset of our font collection to be synced with the iPad.

  13. hand_coding said on

    Yep! That and font embedding in PDFs…

  14. Matt Puchlerz said on

    How awesome would it be if we were somehow able to use web fonts, provided by services such as Typekit, within our apps? I’m sure there’d be legalities around that, but it’s fun to dream.

    Either way, sign me up.

  15. Khürt said on

    Bravo! I’ve refrained from purchasing any of the iPad iWork apps for this very reason.

  16. Dimitri said on

    Yes! I agree too!! It’s a required feature!

  17. Andreas Gebhard said on

    Agree completely; lack of font support was the very reason why I had Apple refund me the money I had spent on Keynote. Let’s see where this ranks on their list of priorities…

  18. Vincent said on

    Is’nt this the same urgument “Apple, please support Adobe Flash”

  19. Brian Glaeske said on

    Yes, I agree. It is a must have ability on any platform.

  20. patrick foster said on

    Indeed. And since that’s too short- indeed, indeed, and please.

  21. Carl said on

    I totally agree!

  22. Truni said on

    Yes Apple, please make the iPad a real Graphic-Artist-Tablet and add at least Font-Management or Font-Synchronisation.

  23. Iain K. MacLeod said on

    Sign me up!

  24. Greg Laws said on

    Sign me up! The lack of fonts is definitely holding me back from using Pages, Numbers, and Keynote more on my iPad

  25. Werner Pastula said on

    I want my fonts back!

  26. Eberhard Feiner-Wuthe said on

    More Fonts would be great!

  27. Florian said on

    Indeed. That and (as said before) valid Font embedding in PDF’s!

  28. Jonno said on

    For fonts sake yes please!

  29. stratege said on

    i agree too — sign me up!

  30. Chris Long said on

    YES. iPad needs fonts just like any creative design/creation tool does. C’mon, Apple!

  31. Frank said on

    I want my fonts back too!

  32. Elliot Jay Stocks said on

    I agree wholeheartedly. It’s exactly this problem that has prevented me from buying the iPad versions of the iWork apps.

  33. Zach LeBar said on

    I wholeheartedly agree Mr. Zeldman. Here, here! Lets get some better font choices, and perhaps even some more finesse when it comes to their rendering on the iPad ala Mr. Coles thoughts (http://fontfeed.com/archives/ipad-typography/).

  34. Tony C. said on

    I agree! Sign me up.

  35. Ron Adair said on

    It’s the first problem I think I encountered on the iPad, if not the inability to control the Keynote remotely (maybe with the iPhone?).

    Jonesing for some Akzidenz Grotesk on the ‘Pad.

  36. Ron Adair said on


    “Is’nt this the same urgument “Apple, please support Adobe Flash””

    No, because Flash sucks and should die, and fonts are beautiful and should not.

    Seriously, I am finished recompiling every time I need to make some minor tweak, and I’m doubly finished writing code in a shoddy, ill documented language like AS.

  37. Sandro Dal Farra said on

    Come on, Apple!

  38. Erik said on

    Agreed and yes please.

  39. Doug S. said on

    It’s a little sad that the company who understands the importance of Helvetica as a font enough to make it the default doesn’t decide to give us full font support…

  40. Jim Munro said on

    Overall Apple has sadly made it challenging to use their iWork apps due to syncing and this. I would probably use it more if I could get real work done on the device.

    I expect it may improve, but I would support any improvements to the native fonts on the iPad.

    Even the Kindle app and even InstaPaper have more fonts! ;)

  41. Sam Pratt said on

    Sign me up. And clearly Apple should be exploring some kind of web-based font partnership/acquisition.

  42. Michael Zajac said on

    Yikes, isn’t this a 1984 feature?

  43. Clinton Paquin said on

    Apple – I’m begging you … PLEASE give us fonts!

  44. David E. Wheeler said on

    Yes, please Apple, documents on one computer should look the same on another computer, and this means, first and foremost, the correct fonts.

  45. Stephen Caver said on

    Hear hear. Apple, please provide us with a solution.

  46. Todd Sieling said on

    I add my support to this petition; I need Keynote and Pages to support how I present my work, no matter which device I’m working on.

  47. Miguel C. said on

    Agree, sign me up!

  48. Josh Stewart said on

    Font support would be wonderful.

  49. Blain Smith said on

    Fonts are essential especially if making presentations in Keynote. Count me in!

  50. Jason EVERS said on

    Add me to the list. I will not buy these apps without some sort of custom font functionality.

  51. Lydia said on

    I second (~15th?) this request.

  52. Shane Becker said on

    I agree. I would also love to see something more than just SVG font support in Mobile Safari. Thanks.

  53. Mike Monteiro said on

    To be clear, we are not asking Apple to give us fonts; for they are not Apple’s to give. We are asking them to stop crippling their software and respect our choices.

  54. David Chartier said on

    Sure, I’ll bite.

  55. Vasily Myazin said on

    Signed! I’d love me some more sans-serif fonts on the iPad.

  56. Jon Dascola said on

    Sign me up. Keynote in its current state works well for early brainstorming and outlines, but beyond that, as a designer, I need to stick with my Mac.

  57. Dru Fenster said on

    Please add font support, Apple!

  58. Justin 'Juarin' King said on

    Add my name to the list. :)

  59. Colin Fahrion said on

    While I don’t have an iPad (yet) I agree the lack of fonts cripples it’s use as a content creation tool. It also needs a better way to transfer documents in general.

  60. Dylan Tyre said on

    Agreed. Sign me up!

  61. Nik Fletcher said on

    I fully agree. However. I also think that this should be something that the interested parties should be filing on bugreport.apple.com. If this has already been filed as a bug with Apple, could you please post the bug number so that the developer-inclined folks can dupe this bug with Apple?

  62. Ted Graf said on

    Is there a legitimate petition, as I would gladly sign it?
    I’d recommend getting a link added to this post, and/or tweet it out to your followers.
    The number of “signatures” would multiply.

  63. Petr van Blokland said on

    Signing the petition for font access on iPad. And now we are at it anyway: why not have TTF/OTF through @font-face on iPad-Safari as well? That would solve even more that just these apps.

  64. Sean Hussey said on

    Sounds reasonable. I’m in!

  65. justmy2cents said on

    Hear here!

    Also, anyone that wants this should visit Apple’s Product Feedback page and let them know directly…


    iWork apps for the iPad have their own section on this page.

  66. Emanuel Brown said on

    Hear hear! Sign me up. Content creation & productivity is the future of the iPad and iOS platform. Fonts are a must-have if you want more of us to use these apps professionally.

  67. Christopher Mackay said on

    This would be amazing. I’d happily pay a higher price for the apps with this functionality.

  68. Jason Walker said on

    Agreed! Doesn’t make a lot of sense how it’s currently configured. Would be great to add this functionality.

  69. Shane said on

    Of all the things that I love about my iPad, the lack of wide font support in some of the key apps is one thing that could be improved.


  70. Mark said on

    Yes please Apple team.

  71. Lee Probert said on

    I think font support overall with iOS would be great. And maybe even some kind of ‘Flash-like’ ability to embed fonts into apps. And while we’re on the subject can we find a way to import vector artwork into apps … ok, another time perhaps …

  72. David Chartier said on

    I’ll toss my hat in for a mention at Apple’s feedback site as well. This is a great way to tell Apple directly about this sort of thing:


  73. Dave S. said on

    I think a much larger library of type across the entire iOS platform, iPhones and iPod touches included, would be a boon. If Apple really cares about rendering print-equivalent text, as is the claim of the Retina Display, then a comprehensive, high-quality type library to match the quality of the screen is a natural next step.

  74. Jordan Boesch said on

    I agree, Apple, please add support.

  75. Claudio Rimann said on

    as many others here, i don’t really believe in online petitions, but i think this is something apple just HAS to change!

  76. Gabe said on

    Cosign. This is an important feature.

  77. Joni Korpi said on

    Could always get around this by creating presentations in HTML and using @font-face! But, uh, yeah. Maybe not.

    Signed. :)

  78. Craig said on

    Your little petition is cute and everything, but where’s a Radar I can dupe?

  79. Steve Kasperson said on

    Agreed. Better font handling would go a long way toward making the iPad a real production platform.

  80. Harold Bickner said on

    Fonts are half the fun–especially when it’s for work. Isn’t that Apple’s brand?

  81. James McQuarrie said on

    Count me in on this one too.

  82. Delve Withrington said on

    Agreed. Consider this my signature to the petition.

  83. Fernando Costa said on

    I agree and support.

  84. Matthias Kretschmann said on

    Sign me up too!

  85. Jonic said on


    If the iPad is ever to be taken seriously as even a device that’s capable of getting “serious” work done, then user-specified fonts are a must.. I’m sure Apple will find a way to make it work without it sucking too hard..

  86. eddie sutton said on

    Count me “in” with Jeffrey’s request. It is a surprise that the company (and visionary – Steve Jobs) that made beautiful typography a requirement for their devices has chosen to sacrifice our flexibility for typography in the iPad. It won’t take much for those that cherish beautiful typography to choose “nah” when considering the iPad for their work. True, the iPad is just beginning it’s voyage, but let’s not neglect the legacy into which it was born!

  87. Robert Jolly said on

    Font support is critical to allow applications like Keynote and Pages to be truly portable to devices like the iPad. Thanks for writing this Jeffrey, and I hope the folks at Apple take notice. A workable solution will be beneficial to all involved: customers, Apple, and also the font creators.

  88. Richard Tape said on

    Couldn’t agree more, Jeffrey. This is, without a shadow of a doubt, a show-stopper for me. It’s one of the things which I believe counts as an ‘expected feature’ and certainly doesn’t fall under a ‘would-be-nice-to-have’ category.


  89. Todd Prouty said on

    Another vote for font support. I don’t own an iPad yet, but this would make me more likely to purchase one. Better font support for the iPhone I do own would be quite welcome, also.

  90. Andrew Roche said on

    I wholeheartedly agree with this. Consider me a co-signer.

  91. Andrew Crow said on


    Keynote continues to be a staple for designers and great presenters alike. It’s not a toy app where a few basic typefaces will pacify the majority. Preserving a Keynote presentation built on a Mac ought to be a requirement, not a nice to have.

    Understandably, this may not be all Apple’s fault as type licenses are involved. But, an elegant solution can be found, I’m sure.

    Bottom line: this issue prevents me from presenting from an iPad and therefore keeps me from using an iPad more often.

  92. Travis Lehman said on

    Count me on board.

  93. Joey Pfeifer said on

    Couldn’t agree more. Ball’s in your court, Apple.

  94. Steve Coppola said on

    Agreed. Sign me up…

  95. Eric Lofland said on

    Add my name to this petition, I’m a font freak

  96. Dan Palmer said on

    As an iOS developer, I was shocked to see the lack of font support on the iPad. A simple ability to sync system fonts in iTunes would be amazing.

  97. Paul Carpenter said on

    There are some instances where a teeny bit of user control is a good thing, and this is one of them. While I greatly admire the ability of Apple to produce complex products that anyone can use, they also need to realize that many of those same users are highly creative and intelligent people that, given the option, would greatly appreciate the chance to do a little customizing. Don’t worry Apple, we won’t get “confused” too much.

  98. Dieter von Schramm said on

    Free the fonts!

  99. Noël said on


    A lost font is like a lost soul.

  100. wheat said on

    I wasn’t aware of the font support issue. Sign me up.

  101. Toni Laakso said on

    Dear Steve, don’t let those calligraphy lessons go down the drain.

  102. Justin Sainton said on

    No iPad, or iAnything yet. But in principle, I completely agree.

  103. Rob said on

    Signed – with a longer comment

  104. Thijs Weenk said on

    Signed, dear Apple.

  105. Davezilla said on

    This has been a sticking point for me since Day One of owning iWork for iPad which gave me nothing but iWoes. You’ve got my support, old friend.

  106. Greg said on

    I agree, sign me up.

  107. Adam Procter said on

    Agreed sign me up on this petition. Thanks hope it goes well.

  108. Adam said on

    Add me to the partition too!

  109. Matthew Marco said on

    Consider me a signatory.

  110. Sru said on

    I would love more fonts and better font support not only for the mentioned apps, but system-wide on the iPad.

  111. Amy said on

    Agreed – add me to the petition, please!

  112. Kev Hamm said on

    Absolutely needed. There’s no reason for it to not be there, and if they need to encapsulate it a bit, then build a template-making tool that doesn’t suck so that we can build the graphics, layouts, font settings, etc. and upload and use that in the apps. Here’s hoping for a new update soon!

  113. Chris Armstrong said on

    Agreed. This isn’t an optional extra or something that doesn’t matter with mobile devices… If Apple wants us to consider the iPad a creation device (and it should) then basic things like font support are a must.

  114. Urs said on

    OK! Sign me up! This is a good thing and I was missing the fonts from beginning!

  115. Kevin Conboy said on

    Agreed with Noel up there. Bring web font support to iOS!

  116. Gianluca Brugnoli said on

    Signed. Please bring fonts support on the iPad.

  117. Patrick Gage Kelley said on

    I wholeheartedly agree with this. It is the main thing stopping me from exclusively using Keynote on my iPad, and presenting directly from it.

  118. Matthew Aebersold said on

    YES, Count Me In.

  119. Scott Wright said on

    I wholeheartedly agree with this.

  120. Julian Schrader said on

    Absolutely agree, my name is on the list.

    I don’t want to use stock templates if I don’t have to — which renders my iPad useless for presentation purposes.

  121. Drew Church said on

    I add my name to this worthy cause. C’mon Steve you are a reknowned lover of fonts. This one’s really a no brainer. Please?

  122. nicolas monguzzi said on

    sign me up. i don’t own an ipad yet, not even an iphone, but i totally agree

  123. Mo said on

    Yes! Count me in too!

  124. Kirsten Pickard said on

    Yes!! Please add my name!

  125. Andy Johnson said on

    Count me in! Bring on the iPad font support Apple!

  126. Theo said on

    Yes, I totally agree with you !

  127. Marc Rinderknecht said on

    Without custom fonts these apps make just half the sense. Dear Apple, listen to us or do you really want us to jailbreak?

  128. Tara 'missrogue' Hunt said on

    This should be a given. I’m surprised that it isn’t. :/

  129. Andrew Kolesnikov said on

    Signed & Sealed.

  130. Markus Konrad said on

    Signed! Essential for Keynote.

  131. Sarah Parmenter said on

    Totally agree, it’s madness, it’s crazy that this wasn’t thought of in the first place.

  132. Martijn Heemels said on

    Signed. This is a must before I can use the apps.

  133. Fred Gates said on

    Yes, like he said…

  134. Nick Heise said on

    Consider me signed on for the cause.

  135. Matt Fletcher said on

    Signed. Thanks.

  136. hans verhaegen said on

    Ok, I agree, of course. But I think also that Jobs will say that the IPad is not meant for Graphic Designers. Without decent font support and all the other stuff I won’t even mention here, I guess the IPad will go in history as just an other expensive toy.

  137. Brian Hart said on

    Colleague and I were talking about this just last week. Custom templates (as well as font support) need to be supported before people will take it seriously.

  138. Lari said on

    “Anyone who would not allow custom typefaces on iPad would steal sheep.”

  139. Dave Ream said on

    Signed. This is one of a very few issues (another being hobbled keyboard functionality in the iWork apps) that will have to be fixed before I’m likely to buy an iPad.

  140. Bill Merikallio said on

    I love my iPad and iOS will obviously continue to get better. This is one of those things that would make it better.

  141. Daniel Eizans said on

    I’ve been holding up on my purchase of an iPad for personal use and this is one of the detractors. Please make it happen.

  142. Eric Olsen said on

    Signed. The awesomeness of these iPad apps is greatly diminished by the lack of font support.

  143. Tania Raposo said on

    Totally signed!!!

  144. Jake Achee said on


    I will not be using iWork apps on the iPad until they have proper font support. It’s critical to design.

  145. Douglas McClure said on

    It stunned me that this wasn’t the case when the apps came out, and it further stuns me that we even have ask.

    More font choices please.

  146. Sandy Zisser said on

    Signed and agreed. Please make more fonts for iWork suite. The lack of fonts make for frustrating work on the iPad.

  147. webchickbot said on

    hear, hear! (signed)

  148. David Politi said on

    Fonts for iWork on iPad. Duh.

  149. Ramesh K said on

    Agreed. As an apple fan, the lack of font support – an issue that’s near and dear to Steve – amazes me!

  150. Thomas Phinney said on

    Hear, hear! It’s one of the big dividing points between the iPad and a “real computer”….

  151. Chris Pommer said on

    Definitely! The lack of font support calls into question the viability of the device. (I mean, it’s not just a phone.) Next up, fonts + iPhone.

  152. Tom Buckley said on

    We definitely need more fonts to make our presentations more professional. If Apple truly wants to replace RIM in the business world then iWork requires more fonts.

  153. Leon said on

    That would be great!

  154. Giuseppe Marcelli said on

    Signed! I agree!

  155. Peter Costello said on

    Count me in. Plus One!

  156. Steven Harte said on

    My wife both love our iPads. But from day one I have kept my eye open for a font manager app that could allow me to import fonts. Purty, please Apple, please provide one or let one be developed.

  157. Todd Schroeder said on

    I agree. What’s the point of spending precious time and then all goes to waste when you use on ipad.

    While you’re at it, bring presenter notes to ipad.

  158. Philippe Gregoire said on

    This is a necessity. Sign me up

  159. Jon Tan said on

    I agree wholeheartedly. It’s essential to make the iPad truly useful.

    Safari on the iPad also needs to include the upcoming WebKit WOFF support.

    For the love of type, please make it so.

  160. Matt Kump said on

    Matt Kump hereby signs the above petition

  161. Catherine Azzarello said on

    Sheesh! I don’t even have an iPad yet. Guess I’ll wait a bit longer.

    Get with it, Apple!

  162. Tommy Boisvert said on

    I agree. Apple, please add the fonts to allow us to import/export documents created with Pages or Keynote for iPad.


  163. Trent Walton said on

    YES! Please!

    And I second what Jon says about WOFF & Webkit!

  164. Jonathan Saltzman said on

    The demo of iBook on the iPad made me lose all interest in the current version of the iPad. Apple brazenly offered a free version of “Winnie the Pooh” typeset in Palatino instead of the original Baskerville (later editions used Janson), and then the demo continued to say, If you don’t like the font, you can change it! Presto! Helvetica! And make it larger! Presto! 14 pt. 18 pt! Yes, you too can be an Ace Typographer! Isn’t this revolutionary and magical?

    Look, if they can’t respect the typographer’s careful decision and years of experience on what typeface to use in a book (especially one as Warren Chappell’s use of Baskerville in “Winnie the Pooh”), then what hope do you have for Apple in understanding the importance of using the right font for the right project?

    Remember, this is Apple: “These are the fonts we like. (Notice how we dumped the elegant Adobe Myriad for Helvetica on the iPod.) If you don’t like them — or want more — tough.”

  165. Seth Nickerson said on

    I have an iPad but not any of the iWork apps, because I didn’t think I would have enough use for them. I didn’t even know that this was a limitation with them, making them vastly less useful. I’ve discovered a good number of typography woes on the iPad, some of which have already been addressed and some of which will probably be addressed in the future, but this and the Webkit WOFF support that Jon Tan mentioned are at the top of my list.

  166. Todd Zaki Warfel said on

    Apple, giddyup. Let’s see something like FontBook on the iPad so we can have our fonts and eat them too.

  167. Patrick Clark said on

    Fonts, fonts, I must have my fonts or perish!

  168. Kevin Ansfield said on

    I completely agree. I was looking forward to purchasing an iPad with the iWork apps, now that I’ve realised full font support is not possible I think I may hold off.

    Come on Apple!

  169. John Walter said on

    Signed and agreed!

  170. Brian Hoff said on

    Bring on the font support!

  171. Billee D. said on

    You have my vote.

    This seems to be one of the biggest issues that folks have with the iPad. A definite +1 for something like FontBook so that we can manage which typefaces are installed.

  172. Mandy said on

    Signed, enthusiastically!

  173. J Cornelius said on

    Let there be fonts!

  174. Hal Deane said on

    Hail, Hail, font support.

  175. Ryan McIlimoyl said on

    Fonts! This is why I jailbreak, love my iPad now that I have some control over it.

  176. Andrew Craft said on

    I’m on the bandwagon! Where’s the snacks?

  177. Chad Mefferd said on

    Font support? Why, yes. I agree.

  178. Rich Triblets said on

    Had issues already with PPT on Mac and PC but that’s to be expected. This is Mac to Mac. That’s Whack.

  179. Andrea Suhaka said on

    I’m signing this document.

  180. Jane Quigley said on

    Yes, yes, please!!

  181. Oliver Reichenstein said on

    Font Book on the iPad!

  182. John Brookst said on

    C’mon, Apple, I’ll buy in when it’s fully fonted, formatted and compatible with all iWorks and Office programs. My iPod shouldn’t be such a limiting and frustrating experience. Djorn

  183. Phil Campbell said on

    I make a huge fuss when my staff break out of our corporate style guide and use other fonts. How embarrassing for me then to show ANYTHING done on my iPad. Sure, things might slow down if people crammed in hundreds of fonts. Capacity for five user installable fonts would be all I need!

  184. mehmet kozal said on

    Signed. total support

  185. Ryan Katrina said on

    Signed and agreed.

  186. Joerg Metzner said on

    I did not know about this fontapolypse on the iPad. Glad I didn’t by one yet. Will wait ’til it is fixed. Looks like this Apple got a worm in it lately. Consider it signed.

  187. Jason said on

    A loss of fundamental function is not acceptable. Sign me up.

  188. Darin Johnson said on

    I agree x4 – I have purchased ipads for my marketing team and this font issue is a major bummer when presenting using our ipads. Even Arial has issues! Fix now and fix for all mobile versions of Keynote, Numbers and Pages. Also the comaptibility issues with PPT and the ability to export to PPT must be addressed.

  189. Steve Ross said on

    Let’s do this.

  190. Soren Holm said on

    I couldn’t agree more!

  191. Daniel Markwig said on

    Yep. I need support for importing fonts (and templates) into Pages and Keynote on the iPad to make this work for me.

  192. ThomasWoy said on

    As it is now, it’s a toy, not a tool for professionals! We need fonts to be encapsulated or loadable.

  193. Danny Frischknecht said on

    No question; font management or sync is a must in iwork!

  194. Henric Sjosten said on

    Love Apple and agree!

  195. Teemu Korpilahti said on

    I agree, even though I don’t have an iPad yet.

  196. john said on

    i agree. the font support is abhorrent on the iPad. it really mangles keynote presentations and there have not been any keynote updates to fix this or many other issues.

  197. Gerry Quach said on

    Jeffrey, I couldn’t agree more. Signed!

  198. Urs Hunkler said on

    Decision makers at Apple seam to have a blind eye on the role of fonts in design. I am sure people at Apple read this petition. My hope is that it may be another little piece to convince them that implementing contemporary font handling on iOS devices is a big need. Better earlier than later.

    My favorite would be to port WOFF support from the Webkit Nightly to the next Mobile Safari!

  199. Ingo Pudlatz said on

    Good thing I didn’t buy an iPad yet.
    I will definitly wait until Apple will add full font support.
    Thx for bringing this up.

  200. mack120 said on

    Totally agree, and signed.
    Feel the pages and numbers on iPad needs more support, function and accessibility


  201. Tom Eriksson said on

    Yes! I’ve been waiting for someone to speak up! Thanks!
    Please… Apple?

  202. Al Power said on

    Couldn’t agree more. Signed!

  203. Dear Apple said on

    We at Dear Apple support this and also would like to draw attention that iOS4 is lacking Helvetica Neue Italic despite Helvetica Neue being the main UI font.


  204. Gijsbert Koren said on

    I support the above stated arguments!

  205. PhD Top said on

    This is exactly the reason why I have not purchased an iPad: the certainty that I cannot do useful work on it with Keynote. Keynote and iPad were BORN to be used together — making the fonts incompatible or unavailable is a ridiculous oversight.

  206. Luke Lux said on

    Yep. Typography and Apple should become synonyms & WOFF – Webkit for iPad’s Safari Lovers

  207. Sven Read said on

    I support this as well. Give me font support…!

  208. hanspi said on

    More Fonts. Thx

  209. Luca Salvini said on

    I totally agree. Signed

  210. bennobo said on

    Fonts for iOS, please.

  211. David Wall said on

    Fonts for iOS, please.

  212. Marvin Forte said on

    Please add me to the list. I will buy one after it manages fonts.

  213. Dom Philcox said on

    I’m in too. If the iPad had font support I would be writing this message from the device. Come on Apple, we designers were there singing your praises and keeping the business afloat while the majority of the world where right-clicking.

  214. Jens Hieronimus said on

    We need to see our CI fonts in iWork on the iPad. Signed.

  215. Richard Venneman said on

    Yes, agreed. I support the petition 100%.

  216. Brando said on

    I totally agree!

  217. Hamranhansenhansen said on

    No! I am against the fonts.

  218. Richard Underwood said on

    Count me in. You’ve got my support.

  219. Aegir Hallmundur said on

    I agree with this. I’d also like to second (third, fourth, nth?) Jon Tan in asking for WOFF support in Safari too.

  220. Relly Annett-Baker said on

    Yes, please! Pretty please with a cherry on top!

  221. Chris Beesley said on

    You can count me in

  222. connectionfailure said on

    This is probably just a case of Apple® being stingy with paying the licence fees and/or Monotype® and the other major font vendors being greedy with their licencing fees.
    Sorry I haven’t done my research to see who to wag my finger at, but Monotype does own the rights to a lot of fonts and in all likelihood they are involved.

  223. Jody Daub said on

    Please include me in your petition.

  224. Adam Sorenson said on

    I agree! This is a must have feature. I am tired of getting working hard on my Keynote, then find I have to use my laptop instead of my iPad.

  225. Joe T. said on

    I couldn’t agree more… I can honestly say I’ve had to stop trying to use my iPad for anything productive for just this reason.

  226. Rasmus Engelhardt said on

    What he said – petition signed

  227. Bruno said on

    Totally agree. Signed.

  228. Chris Moritz said on

    Good to know that full font support isn’t in place. Glad I made the call to wait until version 2 of the iPad. Hope they fix this glaring hole by then.

  229. Thomas T said on

    Also petition signed.

    And greetings from Switzerland where Helvetica is not enough for my iPad ;-)

  230. Mark Bradley said on

    Please, Apple! It’s called iWork, not iDinkAround. The apps are useless to me without font support.

  231. David Orlowski said on

    Speaking as a professional writer, passionate reader, and something of a fan of Apple products, I’m surprised and a little disappointed that this petition is even necessary. Apple, I’m sure somebody in Cupertino just forgot to set their alarm clock on this one–it’s time to wake up now.

  232. J-P Teti said on

    I agree completely.

  233. Julian Dwyer said on

    This has been a big issue with me. Apple needs to step up to the plate and implement some way that users can use a selection of fonts.

  234. Charlene Jaszewski said on

    Sadly most people don’t care about fonts except if they are too small for them to read, and iPad was built to be a consumption device, not a design device.
    That said, if Apple wants iPad to be more deeply adopted for multi-use they need to add font support for situations just like this one. Add my name!

  235. Jason Weaver said on

    Yes, please give us full font abilities!

    Also, extend the per-slide time of Keynote slideshows from 5 seconds to 20 (or even 30), and put back the checkbox to loop the slideshow! Many of us bought the iPad to run a kiosk Keynote presentation at conferences and workshops.

  236. Tristan Blease said on

    Add me, too. Was badly burned finding out that my iPad couldn’t display the fonts I’d used in a Keynote presentation. At the time I had to resort to showing a flat PDF with a third-party PDF reader… ick.

  237. Tantek said on

    I don’t own an iPad (yet).

    Though perhaps better font support could make a difference.

    Dear Apple, please add better font support to the iPad. Thanks much, -t

    However I do wonder…

    How do downloadable fonts / WebFonts / TypeKit work on Safari on the iPad? Does it work at all? If so (big if) …

    Has anyone tried building presentations with S5 + TypeKit and seeing if their fonts work right on the iPad?

    That to me would be an excellent way of solving this problem.

    Why bother with Keynote if the Web can give you a higher fidelity result?

    (nevermind more linkable/indexable/searchable/device-independent etc. etc.)

    Just sayin’

  238. Damien Schlitt said on

    Agreed! please get this much needed functionality implemented!

  239. Steve said on

    please sir, can I have some more fonts?

  240. Robert said on

    The ability to display a Keynote presentation exactly as rendered on a desktop is a must-have for the iPad. I’m shocked that a company as obsessed with perfecting the user experience would force four-time customers (who bought a macbook, an iPad, iWork, and the Keynote app) to suffer such poor compatibility. Everyone knows we buy these products because they’re sold as technology that “just works”.

  241. Jami Mullikin said on

    A very well spoken, not shouted, rant that hopefully gets their attention.

  242. jeff white said on

    iPad font support goes deeper than just the iWork suite too. For whatever reason, Typekit fonts don’t display properly on the iPad in Safari either. Thanks for putting this together Jeffrey.

  243. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Jeff White,

    Typekit fonts don’t display on the iPad or iPhone in Safari because Mobile Safari doesn’t support web fonts unless you convert them to SVG. (I convert the headlines on this site to SVG so my font shows up in iPad and iPhone.)

  244. Anthony said on

    Agree, Apple needs to fix their fonts. Will not buy the iWork apps for iPad until they get the fonts in order.

  245. Stella Gassaway said on


    I can remember when the beauty of typography was important to Apple. If only we could see that commitment on iOS.

  246. Dr. Tom said on

    Add me to the list! Only fonts make iWork for iPad useful… Thanks! Dr. T

  247. Jay Robinson said on

    I agree. High resolution displays deserve beautiful fonts. Please don’t skimp.

  248. Shawn Hinkle said on

    Whole-heartly agree with all. For Apple not to include is on the edge of insanity due to Apple’s reputation for well thought out and designed products…think this time they left some behind to get a product out before everyone else.

  249. daniel said on

    I agree, this would be a welcome feature that would propel the iPad even further into the future

  250. David Goss said on

    Signed and agreed, sir.

  251. Richard Fink said on

    Apple’s neglect of fonts is a mystery, really.
    +1 to a call for “Fonts On The iPad”.
    I’d also like to mention that at TypeCon LA, Roger Black has called for agreement between browser maker/device makers on a basic fallback font set. Why didn’t Apple didn’t license the MS Cleartype fonts the same way they license the web safe fonts? Joe Clark called for that in 2005.
    It’s time to put an end to this. A basic common font set is essential to interoperability. @font-face can’t solve all problems.


  252. Douglas Bonneville said on

    I vote yes. We need fonts not on the iPad system, but embeddable fonts for the ePub format. How much of this is a licensing issue for the application vs the document?

  253. Geri Coady said on

    This is a necessity. Signed.

  254. Erik said on

    One would almost assume that this was already part of the iPad experience, given Apple’s history and their (supposed) interest in typography. But no.

    They need to step up on this, before old quotations about the importance of good type starts to taste sour.

    Signed, tentfold.

  255. Hilary Taylor said on

    Agreed. Signed. Thanks!

  256. river brandon said on

    hear, hear! couldn’t agree more.

    apple, hire a typography czar/director/whatever, get the font situation sorted in ios, and going forward make great typography a hallmark of apple product design and engineering, the way it used to be. the way it should be.

  257. Jeremy Orion said on

    Word. This is of utmost importance – not only for users, but also for Apple to position the iPad as a content creation device (and not just a consumption device).

  258. alan said on

    what the guy said.

  259. kevux said on

    We need better overall iOS4 file management. Let’s start with fonts. Signed.

  260. Mike Morley said on

    Aye! This has been an issue for me after getting creative on the iPad.

  261. ManxStef said on

    On a slight tangent, but promising for Mobile Safari, is that Webcore/WebKit now supports WOFF.

    The “multiple @font-face weights crashes Mobile Safari” bug has also been fixed, apparently, so with a bit of luck iOS 4.1 will finally unify the iPad & iPhone OSes and bring to both the better font support we’ve been waiting for. Here’s hoping!

  262. Jacob Shalev said on

    Fully support the request. Would also be nice if someone senior at Apple would explain why … Most unsuspecting customers are not aware of this limitation and of its impact on the available software..

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  264. W. Martin said on

    My company has strict rules regarding marketing and type faces, sadly, I cannot use my ipad for Keynote presentations as it is. Please add font support!

  265. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Yes, you can learn from my stylesheet (but please don’t copy my design). Thanks.

  266. Dr.Bob said on

    Same here, count me in!

  267. Ezio Micheletti said on

    Add me to the list too.


  268. August Berkshire said on

    I agree. Please add my name to the petition.

    It would be nice, if you have a font in your original document that is not on the iPad, that the iPad would ask you if you wish to import that font from your computer. That way you would only accumulate the fonts you need on your iPad.

  269. Daniel Shannon said on

    Amen, mister sister! Apple’d better let me add new fonts—or at least install fergodsake Garamond and Gentium—before I decide to storm headquarters with those pointy Zapfino glyphs.

  270. Mark said on

    I completely agree — keynote is crippled by not having this fonts available. It makes presentations less visually striking, which is the whole reason we use keynote instead of powerpoint, and keynote was the main reason i bought the device. Lame.

  271. Rick said on

    I am an artist so very few of the available fonts are useful for using in a graphic way (I use ArtStudio). If I could just have the option to swap a couple in and out as needed, that would be great. I’m not greedy so Apple shouldn’t have to worry about 500 fonts clogging the system.

  272. Michael Wolf said on

    It is very important for me and my work. Signed!

  273. Keith Hopper said on

    iPgaes is almost useless without a decent range of fonts. I use uncial and fraktur fonts great deal – occasionally a few ‘old style’ fonts (eg Caslon) – all free for download so copyright is not really an issue. On my iMac I have over two hundred fonts and there are still a few I aim to get shortly

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