You could also select an Element and change its properties. When you create a new glyph by name, FontLab uses that name. When you select one or more glyphs in the Font window, and you click that button, for every selected glyph: Previously, if you only selected one glyph cell in the Font window and the current layer did not have any expressions in any metric fields, the Copy expressions to masters button was disabled. The if you click the Filter label, you can still choose the most popular types of font filters there. (Windows-only bug). In Font window, you can use Font > Remove Metrics Links to replace metric expressions with actual values for the current layer in multiple glyphs. Quick measurement correctly updates on screen when you move a point or segment with cursor keys. You can now reactivate a glyph with a single click anywhere in the Glyph Window. Now, FontLab automatically corrects the contour direction of flipped and transformed elements when flattening the glyph. Now you can add another element or component to an existing group of elements. When you delete the expression, FontLab replaces the expression in the current layer with the actual metrics value. When you open a UFO package, FontLab now reads the, When you open a Designspace+UFO package, FontLab reads the, When you export a UFO 3 package, FontLab now writes the glyph. When it is on: When you drag the marquee over some nodes and handles, the nodes will be selected, and handles will be only selected if they belong to a segment between two nodes that you select. Now you can click that button (in the Glyph panel), and it will remove all expressions in all font masters for that glyph. Required glyphs. In the fields where you’re supposed to enter a thickness of any guide (including a zone or a hint), you can now enter = followed by the absolute position of the “end” of the guide. Drag-drop. PNG compression works again when exporting OpenType+CBDT color fonts. New features / enhancements» Performance» Element references. ; Important The Mac version works on Mac OS X 10.6.8 to macOS 10.14 Mojave. To see more glyphs, select New font in the sidebar. If you Copy and then Paste Special in another layer with contours & images > as references on, FontLab will now correctly insert an unlinked element. FontLab no longer completely removes kerning and kerning classes after some operations. If Font Info > Names > Family Name is empty and you save a VFC, FontLab no longer has problems opening such a file, adding kerning etc. You can drag-drop Glyph Interchange Format (.glif) files into the Font window. The previously-inserted top anchor is replaced with the new top anchor, so the glyph now has bottom from the 1st component and left and top from the 2nd component. Make and edit OpenType, color and variable fonts. When you drag-drop files into the Font window, FontLab uses the file name of each dropped file to determine the names of the created glyphs. Fontographer 5 for Windows works well on 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows (XP, 7, 8, 10). In Kerning mode of the Glyph window, while you are changing a kerning pair by dragging either the kerning handle (with View > Show > Spacing Controls on) or the 2nd glyph, you can now remove the kerning pair by also clicking the right mouse button, while already holding the left mouse button (like in Fontlab Studio 5). Trott May 7, 2016 0 Comments. The dialog asking whether to also change names in existing links or keep the old names is fixed now. FontLab 7 will now use a real closepath if the final segment of a contours is a line. If no. In Font Info > Axes, if you click to place the cursor in any field, FontLab moves the focus to that axis. When export the font to OpenType, FontLab will build a new kern feature based on the visual kerning and the visual kerning classes. Guide angles. Export Classes.. lets you export all class definitions into: a .classes.json file which will contain kerning classes for each masters, all OpenType classes and all manually assigned tags; tis format is recommended for use in FontLab and is based on the VFJ format, an .flc file which will only contain the OpenType classes and the current master’s kerning classes; this format is intended for interchange with FontLab Studio 5. These shortcuts were already available when editing an element name, but have now been extended to work in all panels. Actions. Turn it off and scrolling with Cmd will behave the same way as without the modifier key. If different parts of a glyph have different contour direction, they will get the proper TrueType or PostScript direction, depending on your choice. User manual release 3.0 [2/2005] Co nt ent s CONTENTS 3 INTRODUCTION 7 USER INTERFACE 9 Source Fonts List 10 Destination Fonts List 13 Pop-up Buttons 14 Macro Pop-up 15 Command Buttons 16 CONVERSION PROCESS 17 Converting a Sample Font 18 FontLab no longer removes parts of metric expressions such as (width("space")-b())/2. SVG. FontLab 7 is an integrated font editor for macOS 10.12–10.15, macOS 11 Big Sur, and Windows 7–10 that helps you create fonts from start to finish, from a simple design to a complex project, and brings a spark of magic into type design. Drag-drop of selected glyph cells in the Font window no longer sometimes fails for glyphs without Unicodes. FontAudit. FontLab’s visual kerning is the same kerning model as used by most graphical font editors. I think a lot of folks feel it has passed some key point of overall functionality and usability to the point that it changes how they feel about the app—in a good way. FontLab 7 User Manual. When using Paste Special to paste a guide whose position uses an expression, the expression is no longer removed from the pasted guide. When you create an auto layer in a glyph using a recipe, the component glyphs specified in the recipe are used to build anchors in the auto layer as follows: First, the anchors from the source glyph of the first component are inserted, let’s say bottom and top. ☆ Import Artwork. This functionality got broken in an earlier version and is now restored. The Custom hhea linespacing setting is read correctly from VFJ. When you click the Apply button in the Transform panel to transform selected Font window glyph cells, and you click it again, FontLab now correctly performs the transformation again. When FontLab opens an OpenType font, it decompiles the kern feature and tries to convert the OpenType kerning into visual kerning. FontLab no longer gets stuck, with panels hidden and the interface blocked, from hitting the ⇥ key repeatedly. When you link sidebearings with expressions, use the | operator (the vertical bar) which means the opposite sidebearing. The context menus in the Glyph window now appear slightly further away from the pointer so it’s no longer possible to accidentally trigger menu items when you merely open the context menu. Preferences > Operations page has a new Glyph names and Unicode subsection. When using the TrueType Hinting tool, Undo now reverts only the last change, instead of reverting all the TrueType hinting. FontLab creates a new glyph, with a layer for the current font master, and loads the contents of the .glif file into that layer. Layers. In various cases, FontLab prints error messages to the Output panel. If FontLab cannot decode the location from the name, it now uses the same location as the source master. When View > Suggest > Stems is on, FontLab now suggests stem distances (defined in Font Info) as you draw with the Rectangle tool. FontLab’s internal standard.nam and alias.dat files were updated. After Element > Separate Contours to Elements, Undo only undoes that operation, instead of also undoing the previous one. When Preferences > General > OpenGL is on, and you zoom in and hover over a node, a red rectangle no longer appears around the Glyph window canvas. If you move a component, cut it, and then do Edit > Undo, FontLab undoes just the cut, and not the move as well. So if you close the font, the text boxes that use it disappear from the Sketchboard, and if you re-open the font, the text boxes appear in the same locations on the Sketchboard. Turn it on to shift the anchors alongside the contours and other content. A kerning pair consists of the 1st glyph or class, the 2nd glyph or class, and an adjustment value. Anchors. Enlarge the width of the panel to comfortably enter long metric expressions. What you see now is the Font Window. For all other apps, the price per license is the same as the individual edu prices. This may be legitimate, as you may want to create component glyphs before the base glyphs exist. ☆ When you click Categories > All in the sidebar, the Font window will retain its filter type but will set the filter value to None or All, which always has the effect that no glyph cells are filtered. In the Font > Add Glyphs dialog, cell sizes were increased to better show glyphs that extend to the height limits (diacritics, descenders, etc.). The glyphs table at the bottom of the Anchors and Pins panel is now shown only in the Anchors tab, since it has no relevance for the Pins tab. Previously, when FontLab 7 pasted these contours, it always pasted the same representation as FontLab Studio 5 created. To add an element to the Gallery, give it a name in the Elements panel. FontLab cannot losslessly convert every potential aspect of a kern feature into visual kerning. This is especially useful to preview a longer text in Glyph Window. fontlab, ltd. assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or inaccuracies, makes no warranty of any kind (express, implied or statutory) with respect to this publication, and expressly disclaims any and all warranties of merchantability, fitness for particular purposes and noninfringement of third party rights. ☆ STAT. (This setting does not affect the Font window). Previously, the mechanism of inheriting anchors from component source glyphs was inconsistent. When a glyph name is long, the Font window status bar glyph name field switches to a condensed font. Now, the segment changes by the half of the dragging distance, so you can control the curve more precisely without zooming in. UFO lib. Font Info > Other values > Prefer typo metrics is no longer automatically turned on when importing and exporting UFO3 files. The scripts that the font’s Unicode coverage actually supports. If your font uses many auto layers or many linked metrics, live updating may be slow and can impact the performance of FontLab. Expressions. This is fixed now. Deleting from mask. No longer lose hints when there are two links linking the same pair of nodes. FontLab 7.1.4 is free to download from our software library. If the glyph cells are empty (i.e. Glyph masters. Turn the preference off and restart to only allow manual line wrapping in the panel. Property bar. DTL OTMaster is a technical OpenType font editor developed by Dutch Type Library and URW Type Foundry. If the component represents a “known” character, FontLab shows the corresponding character from the Preferences > Font window > Placeholder font, otherwise it shows a “sad face” graphic. When you turn on View > Lock > Glyph Metrics, you can still edit the glyph metrics in the Metrics mode. [Edit: Updated on Match 20, 2020 with info about FontLab 7 and with videos and info about CrossOver 19] Apple released macOS 10 . FontLab no longer crashes if you dock a Font window to the main window. This was fixed. ☆ You can now search for partial tag names in the property bar search box and in Edit > Find Glyphs using the * wildcard. Export to the .glyphs format is improved in several areas including export of Unicode codepoints assigned to glyphs. Previously, FontLab silently removed these glyphs from the old classes and placed them in the new class. pos [uni30A3] <-137 0 -339 0>;), the rendering in the Glyph window only reflected the change the width. Include tags and virtual tags if enabled in the Features panel local menu’s Include Classes submenu when compiling feature definitions (OTF, TTF). Each Sketchboard text box behaves like a Glyph window, so all glyphs are fully editable. Overlaps. When you move an anchor, and then you move an element guide to the same position as the new anchor position, FontLab no longer reverts the anchor movement. This now works correctly. Previously, reactivation needed a double-click the glyph contour. Tangent and Tunni distortions. Visit the Lulu Marketplace for product details, ratings, and reviews. The _ operator had a limitation: the + non-spacing attachment operator ignored _ and always attached marks to the first component of the ligature. Note: element guides (created with the Guides tool) are not exported to UFO. When you use the Swatches panel to change the element’s fill color, and then Undo, FontLab correctly undoes the fill color change. The entire kern feature definition is self-contained after you decompile it. Previously, FontLab dropped to some components in the partial composites and reported problems. When you open a .glyphs file and choose Tools > Actions, FontLab no longer shows incorrect spacing. If the anchor or pin is filled, it’s active, which means that it participates in anchor-based mark attachment or pin-based element attachment. by drag-dropping it from Finder or File Explorer onto the FontLab 7 app icon, or onto the Font window or Glyph window, by starting FontLab 7 via command line with the path to the Python script as a command line argument. Now, FontLab applies the coordinate rounding only at the very end of the editing operation, so the contours no longer get distorted. Turning on/off the options Sort contours and start nodes and Check masters geometry in Font Info > Axes correctly updates the corresponding options in the Variations panel. You can use this functionality if you want to use the visual kerning classes in your FEA code just like OT classes. If you use the command in the Font window with one or more glyph cells selected, or in the Glyph window with no node selected, Set Start Point will relocate the start point to the “optimal” node in each contour of the current glyph layer. This version of macOS only runs apps that are 64 -bit, and removes the ability to run 32 -bit Mac apps. The guides are semitransparent as they should be. Now, while in Font window, you can also delete the selected element from Elements panel with the – button or Del, and you can reorder Elements using Element > Arrange: Send to Back (ShiftCmd[ which makes the element or component “first”), Send Backward (AltCmd[), Send Forward (AltCmd]) and Send to Front (ShiftCmd]). UFO Groups. A double-click any cell in the Gallery panel selects the matching glyph in the Font window. Use | (the vertical bar) to link one sidebearing to the opposite sidebearing of the same glyph. Paste. Our pro font editor FontLab 7, works on macOS 10.12–10.15, on macOS 11 and Windows 7–10.It is the follow-up to FontLab VI, and carries the proud legacy of FontLab Studio 5 and Fontographer. Export > Window Contents: ☆ When exporting as SVG, the resulting SVG file will contain vector graphics rather than rasterized bitmaps. In recent FontLab 7 versions, the customizations were lost after the app restart on some computers. FontLab will no longer set wrong direction to ghost hints from files saved in FontLab Studio 5. Switching to the Brush tool in Power Brush mode no longer creates an empty element. ☆ VFC. If you’ve selected 5000 or more glyphs, FontLab will show a warning that opening so many glyphs in a Glyph window may slow down the app and offer you to open all selected glyphs or just the first 5000 glyphs. Previously, you could link the x position of an anchor to a horizontal guide, which was mostly confusing. You can choose to: FontLab automatically assigns virtual tags to your glyphs based on: The setting Preferences > Open Fonts > Compile feature definitions now works as expected. The recipe a+acutecomb_b+gravecomb resulted in both acutecomb and gravecomb being attached to a. FontLab version 6.1.3.7013». The Font Window presents six filter kinds: Encoding, Unicode, Codepage, Category, Script, and Index. They include the name of the feature and/or lookup in which the problem occurs. In 2005, Fontlab Ltd. releases FontLab Studio 5, a new ver-sion of the application. FontLab now correctly displays the line numbers in the Features panel code, and correctly reports line numbers when you compile the features, taking the automatically included classes into consideration. The right-click (Ctrl-click) context menu in the dialog no longer shows white text on white background. However, all existing references to these elements in the glyphs will not change. The Features panel local menu now includes a Include Classes submenu with four checkboxes: Below the Include Classes submenu, there is an Import Classes and Tags menu item. View. In Preferences > Save Fonts: The File > Export Font As… dialog has a new Customize… button that opens a Customize Profile dialog where you can quickly change the technical settings of the currently selected export profile. ☆ VFJ. When FontLab 7.1.2 adds these anchors, it assigns them the triangle appearance. Books. If you buy 8 or more licenses of FontLab 7, the price per license is US$184. After an element was deleted, hitting the up arrow key made the first element selected, instead of the next up. Context menu. TypeRig is free and opensource (BSD license). This makes easier to do repetitive actions, like changing recipes, adjusting metrics or fixing anchors. When you enter an metric expression into the LSB, RSB or Width field of a glyph (in the Metrics Table, or in the property bar of the Glyph window in Metrics mode, or in the Font window status bar, or in the Glyph panel), FontLab applies the expression to the current layer. In 2017, FontLab Ltd. released FontLab VI, a complete rewrite of the flagship font editing and creation application, and a follow-up to the hugely popular FontLab Studio 5. Font metrics are represented as special guides, but their position is defined in Font Info. Texts embedded inside VFB files (font note, glyph notes, license text, copyright info, designer name etc.) When your glyph contains TTH commands in at least one master, and you choose Match Masters, FontLab no longer removes the node names and the TTH commands. Expand Filter. You can dock the Toolbar and panels to the main window, however. On Windows, FontLab 7.1.2 no longer maps the same keyboard shortcut to two different commands: On Windows, CtrlAltShiftF maps to Edit > Find Outline. Previously, you needed to ungroup and then regroup the elements with the extra element included, losing references to the group. Version. Then, it would give the name Hstem name to the horizontal stem value that corresponded to StdHW, and give the name Vstem to the StdVW stem value. Now it adjusts both. for, In addition, the menu lists one Stylistic Set feature that you can manually add. Undo for dropping elements from the Gallery to glyph cells in a Font window is fixed. ~. In the Features panel > ☰ menu, when you choose Create [kern] feature, FontLab also converts the visual kerning of the current master into a new kern feature definition. The Go to glyph or class at cursor button in the Features panel has a new icon. UFO Typo Metrics. If Preferences > Open Fonts > Decompile to Features panel is on, FontLab also decompiles the kern feature into FEA syntax. Glyphs uni0000 and uni000D no longer erroneously marked with a red horizontal line that would indicate that they had an incorrect name or Unicode, even if their names and codes were correct. The Gallery panel lists all elements in the current font layer that have a name. Free Transform. The subfolder will have the same name as the font’s family name. Write the Font Info-specified version to the name table. When it’s off, FontLab will open the font, but not compile the features. With OTMaster, you can inspect, troubleshoot and modify OpenType and TrueType fonts in a non-invasive way — in all their flavors, including variable fonts, color fonts, TTC collections, WOFF2 web fonts and CID-keyed OTF fonts. Choose the glyph naming scheme that FontLab uses when you generate a new glyph name or add a new glyph for a Unicode character. Font Converters. FontLab will insert a smooth node on a curve segment or a sharp node on a line segment where you clicked. FontLab 7 is our new font editor for Mac and Windows, with re-imagined vector drawing unlike any other app. The panel now has a Filter bar that lists all unique prefixes and suffixes found in element names. Previously, FontLab used the production names when you added new glyphs for Unicode characters, but in Font > Add Glyphs it used the setting from Preferences > Open Fonts. In the Quick Find Glyph dialog (invoked with the / key), it’s now possible to paste, and issues with typing some characters have been resolved. Note: When you open a Type 1 or an OpenType PS (.otf) font in FontLab Studio 5 and save a VFB, the app stores the values for StdHW/StdVW but, erroneously, does not expose them in the user interface. The readout for the active component is slightly darker. In the File > Profiles dialog, the profiles list is now wider. The settings are now organized in subsections, similar to our recent redesign of the Save Fonts and Paste & Duplicate preferences pages. FontLab 7 bundles its own standard.nam file that has a format similar to the .nam files used in FontLab Studio 5 and FontLab VI, but with an additional extension: In preferences, choose a custom .nam file that needs to adhere to the syntax. When you rename a feature and export a font, FontLab now always recompiles the feature code before exporting. Previously, it kept them selected, but the editing behavior was unexpected. Previously, you could not use Join. When you decomposed a manually-built composite glyph, the way anchors were inherited was different (the first component had priority rather than the last). The FontLab online store is the best place to buy font editors, font converters and font utilities. In the Gallery panel, rendering of element groups consisting of overlapping elements is fixed. Previously, it added the contour at the distance of the stroke width, which effectively resulted in Expand Stroke producing the result that was twice as thick as the assigned stroke. But if those stem values are not found in StemSnap, it will name them std.Hstem and std.Vstem. You can now easily delete nodes, handles, anchors, pins and guides using a two-button mouse, like in FontLab Studio 5: press-and-hold the left mouse button on the object, and, while holding the left button, click the right mouse button, then release both buttons. UFO fontinfo. Inside the kern feature definition, FontLab only references the kerning lookups. The 90° italic angle is a common malformation in certain UFOs produced by a 3rd party app. Copy. for serifs), FontLab orders the same-named elements by their Elements panel order. Run Scripts > Update / Install Scripts to install the newest version of TypeRig. Once again: _left or left, then once again: _right or right. For example, in glyph d, enter |p in both sidebearings to link the LSB of d to the RSB of p, and the RSB of d to the LSB of p. Use |other to link one sidebearing to the opposite sidebearing of another glyph, where other can be a glyph name or a single Unicode character. Visit the Lulu Marketplace for product details, ratings, and reviews. You need to restart FontLab so it picks up the custom .nam. prefix when exporting to UFO3. Previously, it occasionally exported the outdated feature code. Free fully functional 30-day trial. Direction matching. Font Utilities. Recipes. Some fonts that did not export before can now be exported. Renaming a stem or a zone in the TTH Stems or the TTH Zones dialog box no longer causes FontLab to hang. When you delete some glyphs from the font using the Font window, components in the remaining glyphs that pointed to the deleted glyphs are no longer shifted to the origin point when they are decomposed. If you experience problems with FontLab 7 or our other apps, please contact the FontLab support team and report the problems. FontLab also exports the mask back to UFO correctly for all glyphs. If the content glyph layer contains components, it copies them as components that refer to the new layer of your current font. Tags. FontLab now saves the state of the Live Update checkboxes inside your VFC/VFJ, so you can easily set one font to have live update on and another font to have it off. Choose how FontLab should import vector artwork when you File > Import > Artwork or drag-drop a .pdf or .ai file, or when you copy-paste from a vector graphics app (Adobe Illustrator, Affinity Designer, Sketch), or from another font editor. Previously, this command only worked for the current glyph in the Glyph window. This greatly simplifies navigation, especially if you use systematic element names like serif.bottomleft, serif.topright, bowl.topright etc. This is a confirmed Windows bug. Copy Layer. When you turn on the new Preferences > Code editors > Word wrap setting and restart FontLab, the Python code in the Scripting panel will automatically wrap at the edge of the panel (no horizontal scrolling). Also, now, the Text tool is only available on the Sketchboard if at least one font is open. FontLab no longer crashes when you use Tools > Actions > Contour > Decompose. When you click Import Classes and Tags, FontLab converts the enabled types of classes and/or tags into FEA classes, and writes them explicitly into the Features panel’s Prefix section. Elements guides now follow transformations. When you decompose a manually-made composite glyphs, the anchors now get inherited in the same manner as described above. In the Font window property bar, the underlined Filter label now correctly shows any current font filter that is applied to the window, including font filters applied via the Search box or the Sidebar. FontLab 7.0.1 has a new setting in Preferences > Paste & Duplicate: Prefer legacy AI clipboard format when pasting vector artwork. FontLab Studio 5.1 for Mac OS X saved these texts in UTF-8, FontLab Studio 5.0.x for Mac OS X saved them using MacOS Roman, and FontLab Studio 5 for Windows saved them using the current user’s 8-bit encoding. In FontLab, you can use the Text tool on the Sketchboard to create text boxes that you can arrange into “mini-specimens”. When View > Lock > Glyph Metrics is off in the Glyph window editing modes you choose Tools > Free Transform, and you drag one of the transformation handles, FontLab no longer moves the sidebearings instead, even in far zoom levels. Element guides were wrongly modified, with arbitrary angles applied to them, in two specific situations: (a) when the user duplicates an element/component doing a click, hold and drag operation; and (b) when a reference is unlinked. 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