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OS X 10.10.3 does not need FontLab Studio update!

Update April 8, 2015: OS X 10.10.3 shipped today, and as hoped, the final shipping version does not in fact break FontLab Studio 5.1.4 (or 5.1.2; earlier 5.0.x versions are probably also okay but not tested).

We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our appreciation for our friends and colleagues at Apple: they proactively alerted us to the problem, and then later changed path to avoid triggering it with the actual shipping 10.10.3 update when it came. A class act all around!

As announced April 1, FontLab Studio 5.1.5 build 5568 (release candidate 1) is available (since replaced by FontLab Studio 5.1.5 build 5611, release candidate 2). Because it is possible that a future Mac OS X build will cause the same problem we previously saw, we will continue testing 5.1.5 and expect to make it available in the future.

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)

Basics of Python scripting in FontLab Studio 5

Video tutorial

The 70-minute tutorial Basics of Python scripting in FontLab Studio 5 has beed recorded in February 2015 by Adam Twardoch. The tutorial is primarily intended for users who have never written any Python code before, although some tips and tricks for more advanced users are given. Topics include: basics of Python, scripting-related user interface elements of FontLab Studio, installing Python, RoboFab and FontLab Python macros, writing simple scripts that modify a font and speed up the type design process. See below for additional resources.

New DTL OTMaster 5: 25% off to Jan 6

DTL OTMaster 5 is here! It’s a major advance in OpenType proofing and table-editing for Mac and Windows, and it’s 25% off until Jan 6, €191.25 instead of €255.

Upgrades are only €7.50 for registered users of OTMaster 3.7 until Jan 6 (€50 for users of older versions, and for everyone after Jan 6). Use the form at the bottom of our Upgrades page to order.


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