Install Google Web Fonts on your Computer


Install Google Web Fonts on your Computer

google fonts

Google Fonts is an absolutely awesome collection of web fonts that you may use in your HTML web pages without any restrictions.

These fonts not only look more beautiful than the common typefaces like Arial and Verdana but they are more readable as well since the fonts have been designed specifically for the web. Also, all Google web fonts are offered under the Open Font License meaning you may use them even in commercial projects without having to worry about licensing issues.

Google Fonts are hosted on google.com and all you need to do is include a few lines of CSS (or JavaScript) to embed one or more of these fonts in your web pages.

Use Google Fonts on your Computer

Other than websites, you may also use Google fonts in your Office documents, Photoshop designs or any other computer program.

There’s no trick involved here. Because all Google fonts are open source, you are free to download and install them on to your local computer. Once the fonts are installed, you may use them in documents just like any other standard font.

Google Fonts in Microsoft Office

How to Download Google Fonts?

There are two ways to download Google Fonts to your computer.

If you would like to have a copy of all the Google fonts locally, simply go to googlecode.comand download the entire fonts directory using leeching tools like HTTrack or Wget. The entire collection weighs around 700 MB and may therefore take a while to download depending on your Internet connection.

The other recommended approach is selective download. Open the Google Fonts directory, pick your favorite typefaces (or fonts) and add them to a collection. Once you have collected the desired fonts, click the “Download your Collection” link at the top and you’ll get a zip file containing all the requested fonts in TTF format. Here’s a quick demo:

Just unzip the collection and drag the individual TTF files to your fonts folder. Now you can use the fonts in Office or any other application on your computer.

A word of caution though. If you create a presentation with Google Fonts and send it to someone else, they may not have the same fonts installed on their computer and thus the presentation will look very different from the original.

Google Fonts are open source so you can either attach a copy of the fonts with the presentation itself or better still, simply embed the fonts in the document before sending one.

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Muhsin V Muhammed
NIT Calicut

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3 Keys to being a Great Entrepreneur


3 Keys to being a Great Entrepreneur

3 Keys to Being an Entrepreneur

In today’s tough economy, people are realizing that the government does not create jobs, entrepreneurs do! Two out of three jobs are created by small businesses. A great alternative, to people being laid off, forced into early retirement or not being able to find a job after graduation, is starting your own business. Now is actually one of the best times to start a small business. Almost half a million businesses were created in 2011 and the great thing is that anyone can start a business. The question is, do you have the characteristics and strength that it takes to be an entrepreneur?

I wanted to share some key components that will help you as an entrepreneur and small business owner in order to help you succeed in today’s tough economy.

So, what makes a great entrepreneur? Starting Early or Late?

One of the interesting things I discovered is that many started young. However, this does not mean that all of them became business owners right out of the box. But most of them had the spirit of an entrepreneur from an early age. Most entrepreneurs that started early in life were strongly supported by family and friends while those that started later in life had to overcome the lack of support of family and friends. When you start is not as important as the fact that you decided to start. Those who never make it as entrepreneurs are the ones who cannot overcome their fears and never take the plunge.

Work Ethic

Another common theme is our work ethic. This is a trait that is most common in entrepreneurs. Successful entrepreneurs are the first ones in the office and the last ones to leave and are constantly in motion, always looking for the best new product or service. If there is a way to make money, they will find it.

Take Risks

An important characteristic that all entrepreneurs share is the ability to take risks. Every entrepreneur needs to be comfortable with the fact that they are the bottom line; it starts and ends with them. Striking out on your own is not an easy decision. Are you comfortable potentially going without a stable salary? Not knowing when your next deal will close? How will you handle a major issue? Entrepreneurs take calculated risks every day. The position themselves to reduce risk rather than rolling the dice. Every decision you make in life has a variable of risk, the difference is that entrepreneurs calculate risk, determine the risk vs reward and then have the ability to make the tough decision, expecting to reap the reward. Failures are a matter of education and re-evaluation for when the next opportunity comes along.

Some basic questions you need to ask yourself before starting your own business:

  • Are you ready to take big risks?
  • Are you ready to be the force that constantly moves your organization forward?
  • Can you be the dynamic leader or the industry expert that your role will demand?

These are just the first of many questions you need to ask yourself before embarking on your own entrepreneurial journey. Is it always easy? No. Will there be days that discourage you? Yes. But for myself, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.