Is there any free font creation software out there?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by aglifibbason, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. aglifibbason macrumors newbie

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    I really wanna make my own font, and the fonts I have found are all so expensive. So I was just wondering, is there really is a free font creator out there?
    Thanks :)
     
  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Creating a "font" is no small job. The font needs to be designed so it can be readable and look nice in all sizes from very small the book title size and in standard, italic and bold and it needs to render at both screen and print resolution. The people at Adobe did this work by hand going as far as to hand edit the postscript files with a text editor.

    Don Knuth wrote a program to create fonts from a description of the shapes and some parameters. He used his software to create "Computer Modern" which is now the standard for mathematical typesetting. Look at "metafont".
    http://www.math.utah.edu/~beebe/fonts/metafont.html

    Yes metafont and the entire TeX system runs on the mac. TeX is the 800
    gorilla of computer typesetting. It is NOT interned for the casual user. The
    Fink project makes getting and installing Tex easy.
     
  3. nfocus design macrumors regular

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