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ScanFont & BitFonter prices plummet

Prices plummet precipitously on ScanFont 5 and BitFonter 3, and their bundles!

BitFonter

BitFonter 3 $499 $149
 — upgrade from older versions $99 $49.99

BitFonter screen shots

ScanFont

ScanFont 5 $99 $46.99
 — upgrade from older versions $29.95 $19.95

ScanFont screen shot

Combo Bundles

TransType + BitFonter bundle New! $209
FontLab Studio + BitFonter $999 $749
FontLab Studio + ScanFont $699 $679
TypeTool + ScanFont $123.99 $67

Note for Mac users: the Mac versions of BitFonter and ScanFont do not work natively on the most recent Mac OS versions; for those users we have created a special installer that runs the Windows version of the app in a WINE wrapper, on Mac OS. We find this works pretty well, but the Mac versions not being native is one of the reasons we are reducing the price.

Free webinar: Sumner Stone on Superfamilies

Superfamilies graphicType Design Secrets Revealed!

Watch the recording on YouTube

https://​www​.youtube​.com/​w​a​t​c​h​?​v​=​l​w​q​A​b​M​h​b​LoQ

Superfamilies of closely related typefaces have become a common feature of typography in the twenty‐first century. Sumner Stone talks about their history and conceptual background, and examines and discusses examples from his own work and that of other type designers, both historical and contemporary.

Fix Fonts Fast for Half Off

OTMaster: 50% Off Summer Sale

From now until the end of August September 21, the incredibly powerful and useful OTMaster 3.7 font editing tool from our friends at Dutch Type Library and URW++ is 50% off! For even more savings, you can save 25% on Fontographer 5 in a bundle with OT Master at half off!

DTL OTMaster is a technical font viewer and editor that allows in‐depth examination and fine low‐level tuning of any OpenType font, TrueType font or TrueType Collection. Because of its non‐invasive nature, DTL OTMaster allows type designers and font developers to make small modifications to specific parts of an .otf, .ttf or .ttc font without changing other aspects of the font. It can also serve as an excellent font testing tool. Professional font users benefit from OTMaster’s ability to examine the fonts’ inner structures, and to fix some common technical problems. Software vendors and developers will find DTL OTMaster an indispensable tool that will aid their globalization and internationalization efforts.

Fontographer 5.2 is our font editor for designers, easier than ever to use, but with industrial‐strength FontLab technology under the hood.

Both OTMaster and Fontographer are available on both Mac OS X and Windows.

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

Size-specific Adjustments to Type Designs, 2nd edition

Until June 29, Tim Ahrens is offering a pre‐publication discount on the brand‐new and much expanded/revised second edition of his book, Size‐specific Adjustments to Type Designs.

This is not just the best, but really the only significant work on this intriguing and complex topic. Highly recommended for intermediate and advanced type designers, and anyone else interested!

Read more (and buy) on Tim’s blog.

How to Install (Free) Python & friends for FontLab Studio

I just added a big article to our Knowledge Base with step‐by‐step how‐to instructions for both Mac and Windows users!

Read the article here!

There are a host of utilities that can make the font making and editing experience easier and faster. Some work directly in FontLab Studio via the Python scripting language, and others are separate items. Here is how to install Python‐related tools, and the many scripts and things they enable, to work with FontLab Studio 5.1+ on Mac OS and Windows. (If you are using earlier versions, please upgrade to 5.1.x Mac and 5.2.x Windows. Upgrades from 5.0 and higher are free!)

You do not have to be a programmer to make use of these tools! While folks who are at least moderately geeky and technical will get more out of most of these tools, almost anybody who can use FontLab Studio will find value in tools such as TTX, and benefit from some scripts they can run “out of the box.” Once you get this stuff set up, you can install more macros/scripts just by dragging them to the FontLab macros folder, and restarting FontLab Studio.

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