Archive for September, 2017

FontLab Studio, TypeTool & old TransType issues on macOS 10.13 High Sierra

Until further notice, we recommend FontLab Studio 5, TypeTool 3 and TransType Pro 3 users consider the issues below before they update to macOS 10.13 “High Sierra.” People using axis-based (Multiple Master) type design in FontLab Studio 5 should not upgrade at this time.

Fontographer 5, TransType 4 and FontLab VI have no issues particular to High Sierra that we know of.

We will update this notice with more details as they become available.

Install/Launch Problems

  • Older versions of FontLab Studio (5.1.4 and earlier) and TransType Pro 3 cannot be installed on High Sierra. If installed, they cannot launch on High Sierra.
    • If installed prior to High Sierra upgrade, you will see this error message:
      • “Error while writing license file /Library/Preferences/[name of license file]. Please make sure that you have rights to write to the folder and that such a file doesn’t already exist. Otherwise your license will be lost but your Activation key will be marked as used.”
    • In installed fresh after High Sierra upgrade (or if the license file is removed), you will see this error message:
      • “Error initializing license system. Bad or missing or expired RLM license (-130)…”
  • The solutions are to install Fontlab Studio 5.1.5 (a free update for 5.0/5.1.x), or upgrade from TransType 3 to TransType 4
    • For FontLab Studio, be aware also of issues below!

Operating Problems

  • FontLab Studio 5.1.5 and TypeTool 3.1.2 are affected
  • The problems occur only on macOS 10.13 “High Sierra”
  • In the Font Window, copy/pasting or appending glyphs does not work normally
    • The “paste” and “append glyph” options are grayed out (even after you “copy”), and the corresponding keyboard shortcuts also don’t work.
    • There is a good workaround, below.
  • Within a Glyph Window, copy/paste of contours is broken for multiple-master (MM) fonts—only one master gets copied and pasted.
    • Single-master fonts do fine with copy/paste within the Glyph Window.
    • There is currently no reasonable workaround for this problem!

Workarounds

We do not currently have any ETA on a true fix, nor any solution for MM font editing. However, this is a decent workaround for the first problem:

To copy one or more glyphs in the Font Window:

  1. select the cell(s)
  2. click and drag the cell(s) to their destination, but do not let go of the mouse button
  3. Now press the Command key, and keep it pressed while you let go of the button

This works within a Font Window, or between two Font Windows.

You can let go in any empty slot. If no empty slot is available, let go in an occupied slot. You will get a dialog asking if you want to replace the glyph(s). If you say “no,” then the glyph(s) will be appended to the font instead.

 

Last update: Fri 6 Oct 2017, 10:16 pm PST, v 3.04

What’s up with VI @ FontLab?

Things are so busy inside our team that I sometimes forget that our buzzing beehive of activity is not externally obvious. But as none of the FontLab team made it to the TypeCon and ATypI conferences of recent weeks, I thought I ought to share: below are some things that might otherwise be mentioned in presentations, Q&A afterwards, hallway conversations and over lunch, dinner or drinks. The reason we skipped these conferences is simply that we are busy finishing FontLab VI!

Behind the Scenes

Our tireless developers Yuri, Dima, Sofia and Oleg have fixed over a thousand bugs during the Public Preview period, to date. We are down to only 46 bugs on our to-do list—plus 18 fixed bugs we need to verify in our next internal build. (Usually our internal builds come once or twice a week with fewer fixes than that. But Yuri has been working on a big feature…)

Besides bug fixes, we have just a couple of key feature areas left to be implemented. Right now, Adam is working with Yuri to bring full support for Variable Fonts into FontLab VI. (Adam was one of the few visionaries who saw and evangelized the potential for reviving GX Variations in OpenType several years ago, and I did my own Master’s thesis in this area. So we are both very excited about it.) Adam and Yuri have also been working on finalizing the export of OpenType fonts in all their varieties—CFF, TrueType, various color formats, and so on. You will see fruits of these efforts in coming builds.

Our newest team members Pooja and Igor are both themselves type designers. So they are ideal people to be testing FontLab VI. They have also been working to complete the FontLab VI User Guide, alongside me, Adam, and our veterans Jim and Alex. Igor and Pooja will also become a core part of our support team when VI ships.

Sales and orders point-woman Lisa has been giving me feedback on my ideas to smooth out our ordering process before FontLab VI ships.

For my part, I have been coordinating our team efforts, working on a new support system and store changes, contributing to the User Guide, juggling all the usual administrative things, and generally preparing for the release of FontLab VI.

Thank You

We’re delighted that our FontLab VI Public Preview (for both macOS and Windows) already has several thousand regular users. That’s how many people download an updated build every couple of weeks when we publish a new one. Many of you have also reported problems and suggestions on our forum, and shared your experiences using FontLab VI. Thank you all! Your feedback is important, and we’re processing it constantly. Please keep the suggestions and bug reports coming!

We can’t wait to deliver the best FontLab app ever!