We have just released Mac updates for FontLab Studio 5 (5.1.6), TypeTool (3.1.3) and Fontographer (5.2.4) to address recent macOS compatibility issues with the recent macOS 10.14.4 release, and copy/paste problems FontLab Studio and TypeTool on 10.13 and 10.14 (High Sierra and Mojave).
To download FontLab Studio or TypeTool, go to the app page link below, then scroll down to enter your email address in the form; Fontographer is a direct download:
FontLab VI6.1.3 is faster and more streamlined: arrow‐key Tunni lines editing; precise non‐node segment editing; easier free transformations; better anchor decomposition; improved classes and features editing; easier font export customization; better UFO3 handling; single‐stroke fonts; improved Sketchboard text frames.
With FontLab VI6.1.2, you can now print, synchronize text across multiple windows with Echo Text, override and add custom OpenType tables using the new Tables panel, quickly add and edit classes in the improved Classes panel, create OpenType Symbol-encoded fonts, restore your panels when you open a VFC/VFJ, and much more! See the release notes for details about 6.1.2.
We’ve just published FontLab VI6.1.2, the 12th release since the initial version of our ultra bold font editor 12 months ago. We’d like to thank you all, type designers and font developers, students and pros, for the fantastic feedback we have received this year. FontLab VI is evolving thanks to you, and we have many great things to come in 2019!
Celebrate the upcoming first birthday of FontLab VI: through Cyber Monday (November 26th), buy FontLab VI for $299$459, upgrade from FontLab Studio 5 for $169$199, and if you’re a student or teacher, get your license for just $195$229!
Since FontLab VI premiered last year in December 2017, we’ve released ten new versions of our ultra bold font editor, each adding great new functionality and fixing bugs. Almost a month ago, we released version 6.1, and restarted the free 30‐day trial period. So if your trial expired in the past, download FontLab VI now, try it, and remember: our Thanksgiving birthday sale ends Monday night!
The technical OpenType editor DTLOTMaster developed by Dutch Type Library (DTL) and URW Type Foundry is now available in version 7.9. The new version brings support for variable OpenType fonts, an all‐new Proofing Tool for printing and creating PDF specimens, and many detailed improvements.
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. You can view and change OpenType Layout features, edit low‐level OpenType font tables, and fix bugs or problems. With OTMaster’s Glyph Editor, you can import a monochrome EPS or SVG drawing, ornament or logo, and add it as a new glyph or replace an existing glyph in a font.
Visit our DTL OTMaster web page for more info about the app, or buy or upgrade now in the FontLab store! The full license for macOS, Windows or Linux is US$228, upgrades from previous versions are US$57. We also offer an academic price at $114 (requires proof of your academic status, such as a student or staff ID card).
OTMaster is a perfect companion app for FontLab VI: draw, space, kern & hint in FontLab, test & tweak in OTMaster.
FontLab VI version 6.1.0 is now available as a free update to FontLab VI. This major update includes numerous new features, many tiny enhancements to make things work more intuitively, as well as countless bug fixes. This article covers major highlights, and gives brief explanations for some of them. We have another blog post that gives a detailed description of the font filters, components and metrics improvements, and our release notes describe all other improvements and bug fixes.
Design: Components, improved Metrics expressions, Nonspacing components, Measurements panel, X‐Ray view, display lengths and angles while drawing
Font Window: Sidebar, Filters, better character placeholders
Variations: Matchmaker enhancements, better kerning coordination across masters, Smart rounding, custom Family names for individual instances
Technology: Source panel, VFJ format improvements, customizable location of your user data, layer merging, improvements in TrueType Hinting and OpenType feature editing
The 30‐day trial restarted: Don’t have FontLab VI yet and your previous 30‐day trial run expired? We have restarted the trial period for the 6.1 update, so you can download FontLab VI and enjoy it again for a month! Buy or try it at https://fontlab.com/VI
Five weeks ago, we made many new users happy when we put FontLab VI on sale. The sale was about to end, but we have some great news: we’ve decided to make FontLab VI accessible to more people — permanently!
Effective immediately, what was the sale price is staying: you can buy FontLab VI at $459 instead of $689 today, tomorrow, and next month, too! FontLab Studio 5 users can upgrade at $199, Fontographer users at $229.
So if you didn’t get the chance to take advantage of our summer sale, visit our store to license FontLab VI!
If you’re in Antwerp on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 — join us at our free FontLab VI workshops that we host as part of the ATypI Antwerp conference! The workshops are free but you need to register.
In the morning, take either an intro to FontLab VI for FontLab Studio 5 users, or the FontLab VI class for everyone, then join us in the advanced workshop in the afternoon! Please bring your own Mac or Windows laptop. If you don’t already have a FontLab VI license, please download the 30‐day trial from http://fontlab.com/vi before the workshop.
If you’re participating in the main ATypI Antwerp conference, Thomas, Yuri and Adam will be there as well, so come talk to us if you have any questions about FontLab VI!
FontLab VI for FontLab Studio 5 users
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, morning (9:30AM – 12:30PM)
Are you a FontLab Studio 5 user who is ready to try FontLab VI? Learn what is new in FontLab VI, what is different, how your workflow can speed up with the new tools, and avoid that “who moved my cheese?” feeling with this half‐day workshop presented by FontLab’s Thomas Phinney and Yuri Yarmola.
Besides showing specific things you ask for, we will cover:
How Elements are better Components
Rapid tool vs Pen tool: why and when to use Rapid?
Metrics and Kerning workflows
How to use Power Nudge, Power Guides, Smart Corners, Tunni Lines, and other new editing tools
OpenType Variations support and workflow (replacing Multiple Master features)
Working with flexible Layers instead of just Mask and bitmap layers
Type drawing basics with FontLab VI
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, morning (9:30AM – 12:30PM)
If you’re just starting your adventure with type design, you need an idea, an eye, a tool and the skill and knowledge to use that tool. In this FontLab VI workshop, Adam Twardoch will help you acquire the latter aspects. Together, we will take an existing mini‐font that has just a few glyphs, and we will extend it while exploring the rich set of drawing, spacing and kerning tools offered by FontLab VI. Adam will answer questions and help you along the way, so when you get your own idea, you’ll be well‐equipped to efficiently turn it into a font.
Advanced type design and font creation with FontLab VI
In this workshop aimed at experienced type designers, Adam Twardoch and Yuri Yarmola will discuss the more advanced concepts of FontLab VI that can help you streamline your type design and font production process: drawing using guides, grids, smart nodes and open contours; creating font families through layers, masters and variation; spacing with expressions, kerning with classes; extending glyph sets with elements and anchors; and technological aspects like OpenType features, hinting, exporting final fonts and interchange with other font creation apps.