Use Ecofont to beat the ink-jet racket

February 25, 2009 at 2:06 am 1 comment

Ink for inkjets now costs $8000!!!! a gallon. Manufacturers sell you the printers cheap, then overcharge on the ink to make back the money.

But you can beat them and keep your $$$ by being thrifty with ink. PrintWhatYouLike now makes this easier by integrating Ecofont. EcoFont is a really innovative font designed to reduce the amount of ink it takes to print text. It does this by including tiny holes in the characters. If you select Ecofont and then crank up the text size, you can actually see the holes! Just like Swiss Cheese. According to Ecofont’s creators, SPRANQ, it can reduce your ink consumption up to 20%!! Although a quick google search will find lots of people questioning this conclusion. It can’t hurt, and it seems logical that adding whitespace to the letters will reduce your ink usage. So try it out!

You can use Ecofont even if you don’t have it installed on your computer. Go to “Font Type” and select Ecofont. On Safari, IE, Firefox 3.1, and Opera 10 it will just work!  On all other browsers you will have to install Ecofont the old fashioned way.

For legal and technical reasons, Ecofont isn’t available in the bookmarklet 😦

More info on Ecofont: http://www.ecofont.eu/ecofont_en.html

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  • 1. Joany  |  May 24, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    If you want to use your normal fonts and save at the same time, Ecofont software is even better I think. Moreover I can also save paper with the additional savings options.

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