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i have dowloaded a font to my laptop, and  i want to use in my videoscribe, i use mac ios, anybody help me how to import font from laptop to videoscibe 

You cannot import a new font into the latest version of VideoScribe.

If you have any Google font suggestions you would like to see in VideoScribe, add them to the forum post- What languages and fonts would you like to see? 

 In addition to the information Hayley provided,

You could uninstall the new version and install an older version of videoscribe (before version 3.6) if you want to import fonts, but

1) you will lose access to the features of the newer version:

2) older versions of videoscribe cannot open projects that were created or edited in videoscribe 3.6 or later.

-Mike (videoscribe user)


With this new version and the impossibility to import new font, it

give me no way to go on a huge project i'm working on !!!!!

I will lose a lot of time !

I'm really angry with you sparkol.

Based on what I have read, I think you have some options:

option 1) As mentioned above, you can revert to an older version of videoscribe if you want to import your own fonts.

option 2) if you use a older version of videoscribe to create your project, and import your font, then you can open the project in the new videoscribe and the font will still be available in that project (I think)

option 3) if you already have an older project with that font in it, you can make a copy of that project with a new file name, and open the new copy in the new version of videoscribe and delete everything except the text element with the font you want to use. Then you can edit that text element and copy-paste it to add more text elements.

Additionally, I think there is a thread in the requests forum where you can request that they add the font you want to use.And there is probably also a thread asking sparkol  to allow font imports in the next version of videoscribe. you can "like" the thread to show sparkol that it is an important feature.

-Mike (videoscribe user)


Just upgraded to v 3.6 and I totally agree with Geoffroy It is frustrating and time-consuming. I'm going to revert back. I'm so angry

I have the same problem. I need help to download v3.5. It is not in the download page.

Using v3.8 now, not able to use a font is super annoying. Please help.

I think you are right that version3.5 is no longer available on the download page. If you previously had it installed on your computer, you may be able to find the old installation file on your hard drive and reinstall it.

Otherwise you may want to raise a ticket to ask customer support if they can provide a link to download the older version.

-Mike (videoscribe user)

This update to using only Google fonts was a horrible decision! Getting stuck with Google fonts limits users, haven't you thought about who produces for companies? The visual identity is very important and many companies have their own fonts, not to mention that being stuck with Google fonts is limiting the creation possibilities, there are many excellent fonts outside of Google. I don't understand this improvement that only limited VideoScribe, that is, it wasn't an improvement. I'm sure anyone who inquired about font issues didn't intend to limit their font options to just using Google's. It was an unfortunate Sparkol decision! I hope you will review and re-enable the option to use whatever fonts we want.

Here's a copy of some info from the What fonts and languages would you like to see? forum which explains the reasons we changed in more detail.

We made the change because kerning, lanuage support and font quality were some of the biggest requests we had. 

  • Kerning was the 3rd biggest unimplemented feature request at the time. 
  • Arabic RTL and cursive was the 4th biggest
  • Hindi was the 6th

So this change implemented 3 of the top 10 things customers were asking for and a lot of other smaller things as well.

Below is a screenshot of VideoScribe, to make this project I have:

  1. Created this project in v3.5.2 and added the top line of text using Londrina Solid. 
  2. I have then opened the same project with v3.8 and added the second line of text using the new font system, and the same font
  3. I have rezised the elements manually to make them as close to the same size as I can.

(right click, open image in new tab to see image at full size to see the real difference)

Even at this level of zoom the quality difference is massive. The bottom line is very sharp where as the top layer looks blurred. Also the kerning is off in the top example, you can see the space between the n and a in Londrina is too big, as is the space between S and T in TEST.

If you have a smaller line of text and want to fill the screen with that (so the text is bigger) the quality difference becomes even larger. If you just wanted the v3.x TEST on the screen you can see the difference below

(right click, open image in new tab to see image at full size to see the real difference)

This is an improvement for everyone, if you add to that the millions of people who speak Hindi, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese & Korean then there is a lot of good to come from this change. 

We would have loved to have found a way to import any font automatically at this quality level but there are too many variables so they need to be manually checked and tweaked each time and we still firmly believe choosing quality of output and quantity of languages is more important that supporting every font ever. 

I have attached the scribe file for these screenshots below so you can download it and take a look for yourself if you'd like (must be using at least v3.8 of VideoScribe).

For anyone desperate for a non-supported fonts there are 2 options.

  1. If you have the font in an existing project you can follow the steps on our Historic fonts in VideoScribe help page
  2. The steps suggested Write in unsupported languages help page will allow you to create text that draws in any font, it's just more labour intensive.

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