Software for designing fonts?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by djsound, Jul 3, 2012.

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    djsound

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    I want to design my own font...is there some good mac soft are for that?? thanks
     
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    FontLab makes a bunch of products including Fontographer (formerly from Macromedia/Adobe).
     
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    There are several font editors for the Mac, but there are only two that matter:
    1. FontLab Studio—This is the whole nine yards. If you are a professional type designer, then this is your font editor.
    2. Fontographer—This editor was originated by Altsys, the developer of such venerable Mac applications as PageMaker and Freehand. Fontographer was the font editor for Macs running System 6 and System 7. It languished under Macromedia after it bought-out Altsys. Fontographer languished but was not forgotten. Adobe agreed to license the editor for sale by FontLab. Despite the fact that FontLab already had FontLab Studio, it acquired Fontographer and has resumed development including the first MacOS X version.
     
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    There are other options as well...

    There are also two other options out there for the Mac.

    Glyphs and Glyphs Mini with a trial available on their web page and available through the app store.

    Then there is the venerable open source tool, FontForge which is admittedly a bit clunky and runs under the X Windows GUI rather than as a 'native' mac app.

    Have fun!
     
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    fontforge

    Fontforge is a great program, but it is five flavors of grizzly bear to get it to install on OS X.
     
  7. macrumors G4

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    The OP asked for font editors for the Mac. Among the editors suggested:
    1. gbdfed is primarily a Linux application. It is a bitmap font editor for X Windows.
    2. Private Character Editor is Microsoft's built-in font utility for Windows.
    3. FontForge is an opensource editor that is downloadable as source code. It handles a variety of font formats.
    4. Softy Font Editor is a Windows application.
    5. FontCreator is a Windows font editor.
    6. CR8type is a Windows font editor.
    The OP did not ask for Windows and Linux applications.
     
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    I've been using FontForge. It is a bit clunky, and is has quite a few bugs that cause it to crash, but they are consistent bugs. It is not random bugs. One you know something will cause a crash, you don't do it again.

    It isn't perfect, but if it being free is important, then it does the job.
     
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    I use Illustrator, mainly because I am most used to it, and prefer its tools. The great thing about Fontographer is that you can drag and drop your Illustrator-made letters directly in to the program and do the kerning and export there, if you prefer drawing in Illustrator.
     

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