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:
UPDATE: We have addressed problems with these three old apps on macOS 10.13 and 10.14. See our announcement here and update as needed.
This old post is here for historical purposes only.
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” or 10.14 “Mojave.” Those using FontLab Studio 5 for axis-based (Multiple Master) type design, or who need the “paste special” function, should upgrade and get comfortable with FontLab VI before upgrading their OS.
Fontographer 5 and TransType 4 have no issues particular to High Sierra or Mojave that we know of. FontLab VI being developed on an all-new platform, is is compatible with High Sierra and Mojave.
Older versions of FontLab Studio (5.1.4 and earlier) and TransType Pro 3 cannot be installed on High Sierra and later. If installed, they cannot launch on these operating systems.
If you installed one of these older apps prior to your OS 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.”
If installed fresh after OS 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 for install problems 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!
FontLab Studio 5.1.5 and TypeTool 3.1.2 are affected. (FontLab VI is not.)
The problems occur on macOS 10.13 “High Sierra” and later.
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 no direct workaround for this problem.
“Paste Special” function in FontLab Studio 5 does not work. There is no direct workaround for this problem.
Workarounds for FontLab Studio 5 & TypeTool 3
We do not have any solution for MM font editing in FontLab Studio 5. However, this is a decent workaround for the first problem in both apps:
To copy one or more glyphs in the Font Window:
select the cell(s)
click and drag the cell(s) to their destination, but do not let go of the mouse button
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.
Sometimes a particular app or utility we offer gets old, and we have no intention of updating it, generally because of lack of customer interest, or because we have a successot. Discontinued programs we do not promote at all, have no web page for, and do not appear in our regular store (FontFlasher, FOGlamp). Deprecated ones we have no current intention of updating, label the web page as such, but do still have a page for and store presence (ScanFont, BitFonter).
Mostly, we discontinue: just remove those product pages and discontinue the product entirely. I have done this with a number of things we have offered, such as FOGlamp (it converted Fontographer native files directly to FontLab Studio — no longer needed because newer versions of FontLab Studio just open those old FOG files). In such cases, if you desperately need it for some reason, contact our sales department and they may be able to hook you up.
But sometimes a product has a peculiar combination of attributes:
It wasn’t selling enough units that it makes sense for us to update it or make a new version.
Some people who want it or need it have no reasonable other alternative. Maybe any competing products don’t have the same features, or are not offered on the same operating systems. Or they just do not exist!
So, we keep web pages live for these programs and sell them, because we know a few people really need them. We also label them as deprecated. What does that mean?
We have no current plans to create a new version of this product. (Some or all functionality from this product might be folded into something else.)
Support for this app has some limitations. We still try to support it, but if there is a problem that is a known bug… well, there may never be a fix. Our expertise/ability to support it will likely be in a gradual decline.
Mac-specific issues for deprecated apps:
In some cases (BitFonter, ScanFont), the Mac version of this product no longer runs on any recent MacOS, and our solution for Mac users is to bundle the Windows app in a WINE wrapper. This makes a larger app that is running the Windows version under emulation, on a Mac.
Generally, the Mac version of the app has not been updated to be “retina savvy.” This means that on any recent Mac hardware with a double-res “retina” monitor, the app will still work, but some elements of the app will run at half that resolution and seem blurry. This can be worked around to some degree by running your Mac in a higher but non-retina screen resolution, but that is a compromise between blur and things getting smaller. If you run at full resolution but non-retina, everything will be very crisp but half-size. A utility such as QuickRes or DisplayMenu can help give you more choices for non-standard Mac resolutions. (Note: Even some of our non-deprecated apps are not retina-savvy. I will have a separate post about this soon.)
Effective immediately, TransType 4 for Mac and Windows is on sale for half price for Cyber Monday 2016. Buy now!
Full: was $97, now $48.50
Academic Full: was $48, now $24
Upgrade from version 2 or 3: was $39.95, now $19.97
Convert Mac and Windows fonts, reorganize font families, batch conversion, web fonts, special effects filters, and more! All in an easy-to-use app with a simple interface, so you don’t have to be a font geek to use it. All about TransType 4.
If you have a public preview build from within the last month, just launch it, and use the built-in auto-update feature. This should work even after the build expires at the end of the month.
Otherwise, you can sign up for the Public Preview on the main FontLab VI page, and that will automatically send you an email with a link to the newest Public Preview download. Yes, this will work even if you already signed up before.
UPDATE: This sale was Nov 30 – Dec 1, 2015. Sorry you missed it!
Yes, as a Cyber Monday special, we just marked down our flagship program, FontLab Studio 5. Regular price isUS $649, now $324.50. Student/teacher pricing is also halved: regular US $325, now $162.50. Upgrades to FLS5 from older/other FontLab products are also half price!
Plus, effective immediately, all new permanent licenses of FontLab Studio 5, from now until we ship FontLab VI, will qualify for a free upgrade to FontLab VI! Yes, that includes upgrades and academic orders.
We have officially approved the most recent v5714 builds of FontLab Studio 5 for general release: these will be the official 5.1.5 Mac and 5.2.2 Windows releases. Compared to the previous 5.1.4 / 5.2.1 releases, this fixes 40 bugs, including 24 bugs present on both platforms, 7 Mac-only issues, and 9 Windows-only issues.
At FontLab we have long believed in the value of education. So we have just added to and increased our educational discounts for students and staff, and are additionally adding a time-limited offer for free posters!
FontLab education pricing is now half off regular retail
for full versions over $50. 80% off for one-year license!