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Free vfb2ufo font converter

2015-01-27: Updated builds 2015-01-23 available (segmentation fault 11 bug fixed; better handling of guidelines and composites, TTH bug fixed)

FontLab vfb2ufo is a two-way command-line converter for Mac OS X and Windows. It’s available free of charge from FontLab.

vfb2ufo converts between development font formats: VFB and UFO (including the compressed variant UFOZ). It converts both ways: from VFB to UFO (or UFOZ) and from UFO (or UFOZ) to VFB. If you supply it with a VFB, it will output a UFO (or UFOZ if you use the -z option). If you supply it with a UFO or a UFOZ, it will output a VFB. It converts one VFB or UFO or UFOZ at a time, but you can write batch scripts to facilitate conversion of multiple files at once.

Multiple Masters for Bigger, Better, Easier Font Families, Oct 28 with T. Phinney

How to use just a few master fonts to generate dozens of refined final fonts with bigger character sets!

It’s easy: that’s why almost every Adobe typeface is designed using this technology.

When & Where

Tuesday 28 Oct 28 2014
9:00 am Pacific / noon Eastern / 18:00 CEST.

Register now!

9:00 am Pacific / noon Eastern / 18:00 CEST.

USD $24.95 (to watch live and/or view the recording at any later date)

ScanFont & BitFonter prices plummet

Prices plummet precipitously on ScanFont 5 and BitFonter 3, and their bundles!

BitFonter

BitFonter 3 $499 $149
– upgrade from older versions $99 $49.99

BitFonter screen shots

ScanFont

ScanFont 5 $99 $46.99
– upgrade from older versions $29.95 $19.95

ScanFont screen shot

Combo Bundles

TransType + BitFonter bundle New! $209
FontLab Studio + BitFonter $999 $749
FontLab Studio + ScanFont $699 $679
TypeTool + ScanFont $123.99 $67

Note for Mac users: the Mac versions of BitFonter and ScanFont do not work natively on the most recent Mac OS versions; for those users we have created a special installer that runs the Windows version of the app in a WINE wrapper, on Mac OS. We find this works pretty well, but the Mac versions not being native is one of the reasons we are reducing the price.

Free webinar: Sumner Stone on Superfamilies

Superfamilies graphicType Design Secrets Revealed!

Watch the recording on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwqAbMhbLoQ

Superfamilies of closely related typefaces have become a common feature of typography in the twenty-first century. Sumner Stone talks about their history and conceptual background, and examines and discusses examples from his own work and that of other type designers, both historical and contemporary.