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was one of the original bitmap typeface
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s for the Apple Macintosh
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computer. It was designed by Susan Kare
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to mimic the ransom note effect
In typography, the ransom note effect is the result of using an excessive number of juxtaposed typefaces. It takes its name from the appearance of a stereotypical ransom note, with the message formed from words or letters cut randomly from a magazine or newspaper in order to avoid using...
. An official TrueType version was never made, and San Francisco was rendered obsolete with the arrival of System 7
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, by Hank Gillette, is a free TrueType
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font of similar design sometimes used as a surrogate on non-Apple systems.