FontLab, a font editor, gives users complete control of their fonts.The Glyph Editor (native Adobe Type 1 and native TrueType font editors) produces new fonts, adds characters to fonts, or changes characters with perfect accuracy and reproducibility. It generates multiple masters (make Multiple Master fonts with up to four axes), TrueType, and Type 1, and provides hinting (add hints manually or automatically for beautiful screen and low-resolution fonts). It also includes vector-paint tools (perform paint operations in a vector environment) and a detailed 340-page user manual.This version adds considerable power to the already formidable FontLab 4 font editor. Among the new features are:• shaped and expanded brush strokes no more boring symmetrical brush strokes now users can choose different shapes for strokes as well as terminals;• open contours enable users to create partial contours and leave them open for editing or manipulation;• blended fonts are easier than Multiple Masters fonts just specify two fonts, mix their characteristics to any degree, and then create a new font from the blend;• improved OpenType export; and• new updated Python 2.2.1 macro scriptingImport formats:• PC/Mac Type 1, PC/Mac TrueType, and EPS.Export Formats:• PC/Mac Type 1, PC/Mac TrueType, EPS (only the Mac version can import and export Mac-format fonts).Tools:•
draw, erase, vector paint, rotate, mirror, skew, scale, zoom, composite, set start point, insert node, remove overlap, merge contours, subtract contours, intersect contours, snap to guides, check connections, nodes at extremes, ruler, and undo (100+ levels).Filters:• bold, outline, side bearings control, scale, slant, rotate, autohint (all programmable and applicable font wide program sequences of filters and apply them to any range of characters, including the whole font.)Windows:• glyph, font chart, font manager (unlimited simultaneous open fonts), preview/kerning/metrics.Encoding:• unicode, custom, ansi, ascii, and virtually all known code pages and encodings.Print outs:• character, preview, font table, kerning, font report, and encoding (with keyboard mode).FontLab 4 (Windows only) additional features:• import, create, edit, export, and convert opentype fonts (TrueType or CFF);• decompiler font features to easy-to-read editable format;• Python script interpreter extends FontLab features infinitely make tools and Plug-ins;• knife, magic wand, 3D rotate, scale, and slant;• batch of new, intuitive ways to work with glyphs;• new sketch mode to create new contours with Ikarus®-like tools;• customizable user interface (from menus and keyboard shortcuts to the pictures on toolbar buttons) change the FontLab GUI to fit specific needs;• double-byte code pages for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean fonts; and• create Arabic and Hebrew fonts with support for right-to-left writing in all panels and in the metrics editor.New-version features include:• an updated user interface with expandable properties panel, improved transformations (applicable to font and metrics windows) and many less-visible refinements;• two versions of the user interface, i.e., when FontLab 4.6 is run for the first time there is a choice to run it with the standard FontLab user interface or a simplified version with fewer toolbars and controls (Windows only);• improved drawing pen now has some Illustrator-like features and appearance, so people who work in Illustrator will feel more comfortable in FontLab;• convert a Type 1 Multiple Master font into TrueType outlines without damaging the Multiple Master structures;• hint Multiple Master TrueType fonts and apply TrueType hints to the intermediate designs use one set of hints for a multiple-weight family and save time;• font blending is much improved and now includes automatic blending of composites and hints to speed the process of extending a font family;• automatically generate a basic set of OpenType features for a simple Type 1 font to make conversion easier; and• Level 2 and Level 3 EPS I/O is supported, making it much easier to exchange EPS files with the latest versions of Illustrator.Manufacturer: FontLab Ltd.
PowerPC or greater, 32MB RAM Pentium processor, 32MB RAM
9.2.2, OS X 95, 98, NT, 2K, Me, XP
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