The purpose is to switch from the ProE font.ndx/stroked stick font to a modern font. This helps with:
WYSIWYG Exporting while maintaining real searchable/editable text...especially for PDFs
Creo4 essentially disabled font thickness control (except for entire notes) while the new Bold feature doesn't visibly bold for the stroked font styles.
General downstream reuse is impaired by using a stroked font instead of a modern universal font.
It should at least have the following features/compatibility:
According to the standard, it should be:
All caps with exceptions
Gothic/Sanserif (without flourishes)
Single stroke (all letters are the same thickness everywhere in the letter)
To be useable it should also be:
Monospaced(spaces and letters take up the same space)...this is essential for readability for text alignment and tables on Engineering drawings)
Comprehensively changed and controllable with config options
MBD compatible (ideally updateable with dwg config or mapkey-able from drawing)
Symbol compatible (diameter, degree, etc)
Whatever font is used it should be either universally present or embedded. Not a big problem for Creo because startup scripts can distribute, so this is mainly for other applications (Creo View, pdf, dxf, etc).
Nice to haves
Ideally, this font should be especially easily legable with All Caps but also lower case.
100% differentiable between letters and numbers (e.g. Il1 = iL1, etc)
A text style checkbox like in word to switch between sentence case, title case, all caps, Small caps)