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For free, a Swiss-cheese font that saves toner

Posted by: Adam Aston on December 18, 2008


I go to great lengths to avoid wasting paper: I try hard as I can not to print big documents and I’ve even mined old file drawers, to reclaim eight-year-old documents abandoned by long-gone colleagues so I can print on the clean side. Big IT players such as Xerox and HP are pushing advanced document management systems to help offices cut their printing costs, paper and toner use.

Now SPRANQ , a small font-design house in Utrecht, The Netherlands has joined the cause with a handsome solution that looks a little like Swiss cheese. Its new computer font, EcoFont, is riddled with tiny holes. When magnified, like the image above, the holes are visible. But when printed in standard document sizes, say 9 or 10 point, the holes can’t be seen. By not filling in zillions of these little voids, the company estimates its EcoFont saves about 20% of toner, extending the life of your cartridge, cutting costs, and reducing waste. The Ecofonts are available for free for both PC and Max, and work best for AppleWorks, MS Office 2007 and OpenOffice. Results are better on a high resolution laser printer than an ink jet. Learn more, and download the fonts at

What sorts of paper and toner saving tricks have you tried?

Reader Comments


December 19, 2008 2:49 PM

Terrifically clever! I'll sometimes scale the font down in size when printing something out in order to reduce toner usage, but beyond that I haven't had many good ideas. Am I right in guessing that black toner is better to use than color, if I have the choice? I do sometimes print color things in grayscale on that theory, even when printing through a color printer.

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