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
Type Industry Veteran to take on VP job
Port Angeles, WA, May 1, 2014 — FontLab announced today that Thomas Phinney has joined the company as its Vice President. Mr. Phinney brings more than 15 years of experience in digital fonts, type design, product management and working with type designers to FontLab, where he will initially assume responsibility for customer relationships, evangelism and distribution for the company, as well as advising on product development and processes.
Phinney spent his last five years at Extensis as Senior Product Manager for Fonts and Typography, dealing with web fonts and font management solutions. Prior to that, he was at Adobe Systems from 1997 to 2008, ultimately as Product Manager for Fonts & Global Typography, where his work included evangelizing best practices for font creation and coordinating and evangelizing the OpenType font format standard. He is involved in the technical, design, historical, forensic and business aspects of fonts.
Phinney is also a board member of ATypI, the International Typography Association, a frequent speaker at font and typography conferences, and a regular contributor on fonts and typography to Communication Arts magazine. He has an MBA from UC Berkeley, and an MS in Graphic Arts Publishing, specializing in Design & Typography, from RIT.
“Thomas will be an invaluable addition to our team.” said Ted Harrison, President of FontLab. “His wide experience, extensive connections, effective management style, and depth of knowledge made him the best candidate for this job. We’re very happy to welcome him to Fontlab.”
For over 20 years, Fontlab Ltd., doing business as FontLab, has stayed at the forefront of digital font software by remaining devoted to developing advanced font editors and digital type products. Their full line of products is dedicated to solving the most complex digital type issues. These products include: BitFonter, FogLamp, FontLab Studio, Fontographer, ScanFont, TypeTool, TransType, FontFlasher, FONmaker, SigMaker and CompoCompiler. More information on all FontLab products can be seen at www.fontlab.com.
In our first cyber Monday sale ever Fontlab is going to cut the price of TypeTool, our basic font editor, by half. Now’s your chance to get a great holiday present for budding type designers — kids, friends, family, etc.- (or for yourself) at the lowest cost ever. For just US$47.99 you’ll get the full Macintosh or Windows version of the font editor used by hundreds of colleges and universities — and with our standard 60‐day money back, can’t lose, guarantee.
On Monday, 2 December 2013, just click here to place your order at this fantastic price!
All current FontLab products have been tested with Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks). No problems were discovered by our staff, and there have been no reports of problems from any of our customers.
Specifically, the following “Mac Intel” products are fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks:
- FontLab Studio 5.1.4
- Fontographer 5.2.3
- TypeTool 3.1.2
- TransType 4.0.0
If you’re using an older version, we recommend updating or upgrading it.
The following products work properly in Mavericks when using the “Lion Compatibility Pack” edition of the product:
Other products and older versions of the products listed above are not or may not be compatible.
After we published the recording of our first webinar, David Vereschagin contacted us with the following comment:
Jimmy Gallagher commits a serious Fontlab error when attempting to demonstrate letterspacing and setting sidebearings in his “Beyond the Basics: Font Editing Tips and Techniques” webinar. (This starts at about the 50 minute mark in the recording.) He fails to remember that putting /H into the metrics window in Fontlab will not yield a display of a slash and an H, but simply an H itself. When he inputs H/H/H he thinks he is showing how his spacing system works, but is only showing a series of Hs. Worse, when trying to show the letterspacing of HOH he claims that the sidebearings on O are the source of the letterspacing problem, when it’s clearly the left sidebearing of the H that is off. Everyone who attended that webinar or purchased the recording is owed an apology and a correction.
Thanks! I certainly do apologize for the confusion. Using the slash glyph as a “spacer glyph” was possible in Fontographer 5.0 and earlier, but you won’t get away with that so easily in FontLab Studio or the newest Fontographer 5.2. Rushing to finish and trying to toggle between FontLab Studio and Fontographer tripped me up. Thanks so much for catching this — we can always use comments like this so that we can do better next time!
And here’s what happened in more detail…
Yes, it took only about 170 minutes from the time the announcement hit the web to fill all 23 of the available slots in Monika Bartels’ upcoming Fontlab tutorial webinar on hinting (“Hinting: The Design After the Design” on Tuesday, October 8, 11:00 AM). Who knew there was such a thirst for this arcane knowledge?
Certainly not us. We figured we might have trouble getting a couple dozen interested people together.
Of course we had a hint (pun intended). Just a week or so earlier Jimmy’s “Beyond the Basics: Font Editing Tips and Techniques” webinar had sold out in 9 hours. We sense a pattern.
So in view of the obvious demand we’re going to increase the available seats (retroactively even!) at our webinars. We were limited to 25 (but had to save a couple spots for the host and/or presenter), but now we’ve upped it to 200.
That means that if you tried to register for the hinting webinar but were told it was already full, or had problems with registration and it didn’t “take”, then you now have a “Get out of jail free” card. Just go back to the registration URL (http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E958D688864638) and sign up and it should let you in with no problems. As long as we stay under 200 people 🙂
This even applies to people who wanted to get into Jimmy’s first webinar (“Beyond the Basics — Font Editing Tips & Techniques” on Tuesday, September 17). Of course you can’t go back in time and participate, but we did make a recording. Until today you couldn’t view the recording because it was limited to only the original participants. But our new 200 limit now applies to that recording as well, so you can go back to the original registration URL (http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E958D980844F3D) for that webinar and sign up and you’ll get to see Jimmy explain all about the optical illusions of type design and a bunch of other neat stuff.
Just about an hour ago I sent out the invitations for Jimmy’s next webinar, “Son of Beyond Basics”. In this sequel der Fontmeister will go a bit further into the mysteries of type design and reveal even more tips and techniques — and answer questions. It will probably be about half new stuff and half a recapitulation of the most important points from the first Beyond Basics webinar. The registration URL is http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E958D688854F3D
One caveat about registering: AnyMeeting (the webinar system) seems to have a little problem with some browsers — especially if popup blocking is enabled. So if you’re using Chrome or Safari it would be a good idea to turn off the popup blocker. And if that doesn’t work then try Firefox or Internet Explorer.