The very first digital type foundry in the Netherlands, the proudly independent Dutch Type Library (dtl), is renowned for the iconic typefaces that it produces and publishes since 1990. The collection of exquisite typefaces contains work of world-famous type designers (in alphabetical order): Frank E. Blokland, Chris Brand, Matthew Carter, Gerard Daniëls, Christoffel van Dijck, Nikola Djurek, Andrea Fuchs, François Guyot, Hanna Hakala, Michael Harvey, Erhard Kaiser, Hendrik van den Keere, Jan van Krimpen, Elmo van Slingerland, Fred Smeijers, and Gerard Unger.

Together with their longtime friends and colleagues at the Hamburg (Germany) based company urw Type Foundry –font-technology pioneers since the early 1970s(!)– dtl’s team of experts jointly develop tools for the professional font production for more than 20 years now. The history of these tools goes all the way back to the ikarus system from more than 40 years ago.

Since the second half of the 1990s the goal of dtl and urw has always been to make the increasingly complex professional font production as simple to handle as possible, without compromising the quality aspect in any manner. Initially these font tools were developed exclusively for intensive internal use at dtl and urw, as, for example the video below shows.

However, in the course of time the advanced applications for professional font production were also made available to third parties. All of dtl’s new font tools are developed for macOS, Windows, and Linux.



Information on the good ol’ dtl FontMaster (fm) batch applications and related downloads can be found on these vintage webpages, which were published from 2001 on. These pages are not maintained anymore and hence their content is presented ‘as is’. However, fm is available for Windows still, if only because the IkarusMaster module is the last available application that supports manual digitizing in the ikarus format, utilizing a Wacom tablet with a lens cursor.


Dutch Type Library

Zwaenenstede 49
5221 kc ’s-Hertogenbosch
The Netherlands

Daliënwaerd 71
5221 ke ’s-Hertogenbosch
The Netherlands

e-mail info@dutchtypelibrary.com
phone +31 (0)73 614 95 36
fax +31 (0)73 613 98 23