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.
Last update: 27 Sept 2018, 10:22 am PST, v 3.1