Xu Jinglei is an award-winning actress and critically acclaimed
director who recently hit newspaper headlines when she launched her
own online magazine. But apparently she's not satisfied.
The multi-talented 33-year-old has now launched a handwritten
Chinese computer font in conjunction with the leading high-tech
organization, the China Founder Group, on Friday.
The actress and director says her father has required her to
practice calligraphy since she was a child.
She spent two months handwriting more than 6,700 Chinese
characters for the font, while the China Founder Group digitalized
the characters and developed the software package.
People can transform ordinary computer font into Xu Jinglei's
handwritten characters after they install the "Fangzheng Jinglei
Simplified Chinese" program with their Windows operating
The package was originally available to download for 10 yuan
(US$1.29) at Xu Jinglei's official website. It received hundreds of
hits the first day it was launched.
Hackers stole the code shortly after the launch and the program
can now be downloaded for free. Critics say this has not hurt Xu
Jinglei because she helped to create the software for promotional
purposes, not profit.
Link to download "Fangzheng Jinglei Simplified
(CRI.cn April 30, 2007)