We made a few changes to our fonts for Venus Control Suite. Many of you askedVenusfontslist that we add the Daktronics Venus fonts to the Venus Control Suite Web Editor. The Daktronics Venus fonts are great when you want a smaller font that will still appear sharp and easy to read.

You asked, and we listened!
The update to the Web Editor took place last Tuesday, April 26th and was a success. You will now be able to see all of the supported fonts for use on GS6/GC6 displays in the Web Editor.

Both True Type fonts and Venus fonts are now available, and all included fonts were tested and chosen specifically by the Daktronics Creative Services team.

Be careful choosing a font
It’s important to remember that the wide variety of fonts is exciting, but  take care when selecting text for your individual display. Fonts that work great on large displays may have a different effect on a smaller display. So you’ll want to choose something that will look excellent on your display.

We recommend large, bold fonts that can be easily read from different viewing distances. Our least favorite fonts include serifs only because they are not as easy to read at a glance.

Outlining any font also increases readability. We recommend using at least a 2-point outline around all text if you are using Content Studio.

Speaking of Content Studio…
For those of you who have elected to create content in our standalone editor, Content Studio, there is also an update available for you.

Content Studio is available at no charge to any of our Venus Control Suite customers who are looking for more creativity in building their content then what the Web Editor allows. This update offers the same fonts that can now be found in the Web Editor.

Here’s how to run the update
Since Content Studio is installed locally on your computer, we are providing you with step-by-step instructions to run the update. Don’t worry though, the update is quick and easy, and we actually have a Knowledge Base article with step-by-step instructions for you.

What fonts are available in the Venus Control Suite Software?

Now that you have completed the update, you will have access to all of the supported fonts for use on GS6/GC6 displays in Content Studio.

This is Phase One
We realize that there are more fonts that you would like utilized in Venus Control Suite. This update was just phase one to our overall vision for font distribution.

In the future, we will have more abilities, such as being able to upload your own fonts in the editors. We are actively working toward developing this new functionality – stay tuned to our blog, and we will inform you when this update occurs.

If you have any questions about this update or what is coming next for Venus Control Suite, please feel free to comment below.

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  1. I just installed the update. It appears that you have eliminated Tahoma, which, unfortunately, was one of the few fonts that was really working for us on our sign. How can I get it back?

    1. Great question Carol! With the fonts update applied to Content Studio and the Web Editor you will only be able to use the fonts that are supported on GS6/GC6 displays. However, as we mentioned, this update was only Phase 1 of our font distribution plan and in the future we will be providing another update that allows you to upload your own fonts into the editing programs! Be sure to keep an eye on our blog and we will let you know as soon as the update becomes available. In the meantime, we recommend using one of the ‘Open Sans’ fonts or the ‘Poppins’ font as they are both very similar to ‘Tahoma’ just as the new ‘Droid Serif’ font is quite similar to ‘Times New Roman.” You can also use the ‘Roboto Condensed’ font in place of ‘Impact’ but you will want to bold it to get the full effect. The ‘Arial’ font is always a safe choice when it comes to fonts and we recommend making it bold as well. Remember, each of the fonts made available in this update have been tested by Daktronics and follow our best practices for content creation. Also, if you have used ‘Tahoma’ on any of the messages that you made before applying the update, then you will still be able to keep them running on your display in the ‘Tahoma’ font. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Thanks for commenting!

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