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Palm Pilot fonts


Adam Smialek

Adam Smialek (Poland) created a set of Palm pilot fonts, ca. 2006. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alpha Font Links

Palm font archive, and links, by Rainer Zenz. Included are fonts by Jiro, who converted Palatino, Verdana and Coronet for the Palm. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alpha Fonts
[Rainer Zenz]

Sixty Palm Pilot fonts by Rainer Zenz. the free fonts include TallFontsNew. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Atomic Media (was: SmartDust)
[Matthew Bardram]

Matthew Bardram (b. New York City, 1965) is the Tucson, AZ-based [T-26] founder of Atomic Media, who specializes in bitmap fonts. He designed Atomic, Centrifuge, Bromide (at T-26), Crackle, Klaxon. At Nakedface (now gone), he made Arachnid, Bitpak, Bylinear, DhexInline, Genetica, Economy Large, Empiric, Hypersigna (2005, bitmap face), Montreal (the family) and two katakana fonts. His Bitpack includes the following pixel fonts: Bylinear (2000), Cellular (2000), Genetica (2000, free download), Genetrix, Macroscopic, Metodic, Microscopic, Noir, Scriptometer, Remote (2000), Monocule (2000), Joystik, Centrifuge, Quantaa (2000), Bionika, Megalon (2000), Wired, Badfish.

Bardram's Digipak includes Atomic-Inline, Atomic-Outline, Bionika-Black, Bionika, Genetrix-Crossed, Genetrix-Square, Genetrix-SquareCore, Genetrix-SquareHollow, Joystik, Macroscopic-A, Macroscopic-B, Macroscopic-C, Macroscopic-D, Macroscopic-E, Methodic-Bold, Methodic, Microscopic, Noir, Scriptometer-SanScript, Scriptometer.

Additional typefaces: a 3D pixel font called Boxer 3D (2002), Neuronic (2002-2004, nice outlined pixel font; see also here), Fusionaire (2002, a display font) and Wijdeveld, a squarish font based on the lettering of poster artist Wijdeveld from The Netherlands. In 2005, these fonts were added: Magnetica, Imperium, Ratio, Hypersigna, Sequence and Tempora, all by Matthew Bardram.

Sausan Kare's pixel fonts at Atomic Media: Mini Food, Kare Dingbats, Biology, Everett, Harry, Ramona, Kare Five Dots, Kare Five Dots Serif, Kare Six Dots, Kare Six Dots Serif.

Alternate URL. Interview. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Cat's Lair Palm Pilot Page

AAA Font Viewer for the PALM Pilot. By Richard Hartman. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Douglas Henke

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Erik van Blokland: Palm pilot fonts

Seven bitmap fonts were designed by Erik van Blokland at Letterror. Links disappeared. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Font Converters for PalmOS Devices

Desktop utilities to manipulate Palm fonts: afnx, nfnt (lo/hi/both densities), NFNT, conversion from Type 1/TrueType/BDF/PCF/etc. Anti-aliased font support. Includes some GUIs. FreeType2 based. Now includes Font Collector for PalmOS side. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Font Machine 1.05

Palmtop font manager. Handles type 1 and truetype fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

FontCollector, PalmFontConv(erter), FontSmoother

FontCollector is a free open source program by Dr. Alexander R. Pruss from the Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Font conversion between these formats: FontHack 123 (including eReader), Mobipocket, Fonts4OS5 (conversion to other formats only for registered Fonts4OS5 3.1 users), FontSubst (conversion to other formats only for registered FontSubst 1.50 users), FontHackV, Fonts inside all applications' main .prc files and their overlays, Plucker, Silo, PalmBible+, VersaMail fonts, FontBucket, Built-in Sony NX fonts, Built-in Palm OS fonts on many devices. Check also PalmFontConv(erter) and FontSmoother. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Sergey Menshikov]

FontHack 123 is a free font substitution hack. It needs one or several .pdb font files to be present in PalmPilot. Requires HackMaster (EvPlugBase, X-Master) to run. Page by Sergey Menshikov. [Google] [More]  ⦿


FontHackPlus from Digital Glyph Software is a PALM Pilot utility. It includes the monospaced ProFontWindows (1997) by Carl Osterwald, Steve Gilardi, and Andrew Welch (converted using Ken Hancock's Pilot Font Converter for Macintosh.) Free download here. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Shareware program for the Palm Pilot. It manages extensions of the PalmOS. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Handspring was a maker of Palm OS-based Visor- and Treo-branded personal digital assistants. It was run by Jeff Hawkins, Donna Dubinsky, and Ed Colligan, the original inventors of the Palm Pilot and founders of Palm Computing, after they became unhappy with the direction in which 3Com was taking the Palm division. Handspring was founded in June 1998 and merged with Palm, Inc.'s hardware division in 2003 to form palmOne. The Treo 600 was the last product to use the Handspring name. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Handy Pilot Font Editor

"Handy Pilot Font Editor is running on any handheld computers such as USR PalmPilot Pro, IBM WorkPads, and ofcourse 3COM palms." Looks like a bitmap editor for the handhels Pilot computers. Commercial product by Alexander Ovcharenko. Alternate URL. Download. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Harry Konstas
[Harry's Palm Page]

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Harry's Palm Page
[Harry Konstas]

Harry Konstas made a monospaced font (HK) for the Palm Pilot. Link died. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hebrew Lite

Hebrew Lite font (2004-2008, by Penticon) for the Palm Pilot. Penticon link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jason R. Cupp

Designer of the four Spinsugar fonts for the Palm. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Jonathan Davis]

J-Fonts: Jonathan Davis' fonts for the Palm. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jiro Feingold

Designer of a few free Palm Pilot fonts (suffix .pdb). Based in Portland, OR. See also here. Linkedin link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jonathan Davis

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Seven Palm fonts created by Erik van Blokland. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ludwig Lee

Three fonts for the Palm at 2USD. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matthew Bardram
[Atomic Media (was: SmartDust)]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Michael Neuhold

Austrian designer of Palm fonts: for Greek: Helbetike, HelbetikeNarrow, Britannike and BritannikeBold. For Hebrew, his Palm fints include EnGedi and BeerSchebar. Finally, he created Makarios (Coptic), and Narrow (a slightly modified version of Narrowfont by Michael Nordström (micke@sslug.dk) and Robert O'Connor (rob@medicalmnemonics.com)). Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Micro Technologies Inc

Truetype is a software package for the Palm Pilot that permits the use of truetype fonts on the Palm Pilot. It includes a truetype to Palm format converter, TTF2PDB. [Google] [More]  ⦿


P. Arthur and M. Kaprelian developed the free Greek font package NewtGreek 1.0 (2003, for the Newton). [Google] [More]  ⦿

NPUG Fonts
[Stan McKinley]

Stan McKinley is the creator of Graffiti (2004). NPUG stands for Nashville Palm Users Group, which allowed McKinley to post his free typeface there. Link died. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Onno and Guido Makor

Dead link. 40 free Palm fonts, by Onno and Guido Makor. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Palm Font Converter

Utility for converting truetype and Postscript fonts to Palm Pilot fonts By Niroslav Palounek, [Google] [More]  ⦿

Palm font converters

Project developed by Dr. Alexander R. Pruss from the Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. It aims to develop utilities to manipulate Palm fonts, in v1 and v2 formats: afnx, nfnt (lo/hi/both densities), NFNT, conversion from Type 1/TrueType/BDF/PCF/etc. Anti-aliased font support. Includes Plucker (anti-aliased and normal) font generator GUI. FreeType2. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Palm Font Editor
[Sergey Menshikov]

Sergey Menshikov's (commercial) font editor for the Palm Pilot, called Pilot Font Editor. His PALM jump page is great. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Douglas Henke]

pbm2pfnt is a program that converts a group of PBM (portable bitmap) images to a font file suitable for use with PilRC. This allows developers to create custom fonts for use within their Palm device applications. Included with pbm2pfnt is a utility script called mkpfnt which creates fonts using the MetaFont font compiler and extracts selected bitmaps from those fonts. Together with pbm2pfnt, mkpfnt allow you to use MetaFont to create fonts for use with your Palm device. By Douglas Henke. [Google] [More]  ⦿

PDB Files

The PALM font format is called PDB. Ken Shirriff wrote (free) Java programs to break a .pdb file into component files and to assemble a .pdb file from component files. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pilot Font Converter 0.95

Pilot Font Converter 0.95 is Ken Hancock's shareware utility for Palm Pilots: "A tool geared towards Pilot developers. This is a Macintosh application which converts Mac NFNTs or FONTs into resources which you can include in your Pilot applications." [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rainer Zenz
[Alpha Fonts]

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Ronald E. Buelow

Designer of 25 free Palm fonts. Link disappeared. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sergey Menshikov

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Sergey Menshikov
[Palm Font Editor]

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Stan McKinley
[NPUG Fonts]

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Truetype 2.0

Utility for using truetype fonts on a Palm Pilot. Free, by MicroTechnologies, Inc. [Google] [More]  ⦿