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

TransType 4 half price sale Cyber Monday!

TransType logoEffective 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.

Sale ends Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 8 am PST.

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Preview new FontLab website

We’ve been working hard on a brand new web site for FontLab and its software, and would love your feedback on the work in progress. Your opinion matters to us, whether you are our customers or our colleagues.

Right now it is still a preview: the main page and the TransType app page are the two that are more-or-less done, and we have folks working on the rest of it. We hope you’ll agree that these are a much-needed makeover and give us a modern look.

Check out the new design!

How to Create Multi-Color Fonts with FontLab Products

Multi-color fonts are still bleeding edge technology, so no one format is universally (or even widely) supported. But they do work today in a number of places, especially if you can make a font that supports several of the competing would-be standards! This YouTube video by our own Adam Twardoch shows how to create multi-color fonts across multiple color formats, with existing FontLab apps.

Currently we support:

  • Microsoft OpenType COLR/CPAL fonts
  • Adobe/Mozilla (Firefox) OpenType SVG
  • Apple sbix