Anyone else tried opening an .IK file in FontLab 5?

oldnick's picture

For those who would know the intimate details, I opened a PS Type 1 font in DTL Datamster Light, converted it to Ikarus format and did an outline cleanup with ContourMaster Light. I then attempted to open the same .ik file in FontLab 5, and it was da bomb...literally.

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I believe that FontLab Studio 5 can open native VFB format files, as well as "compiled" fonts in TrueType and PostScript Type 1 format. (And possibly also PostScript Type 3.) Also, it will open variants of those formats, such as dfont and OpenType.

Other software's native format files are not supported: Fontographer's fog format cannot be parsed by FontLab Studio 5, but FontLab's "FogLamp" utility can convert fogs.

Perhaps Yuri or Adam is around and can post a better-informed answer.

paul d hunt's picture

I then attempted to open the same .ik file in FontLab 5, and it was da bomb…literally.

it blew your workstation up?

k.l.'s picture

You did not indicate if you
speak of FLS5 Mac or Win.

dan_reynolds's picture

I have openned them with FLS5 Windows. The encoding got completely lost, and the outlines had to be rescaled to 1000 square units, but really OK, all in all.

oldnick's picture

FL5 Win...Dan, were the files you opened generated by DTL software, or did they come from elsewhere?

dan_reynolds's picture

No, they were native Ikarus files. Old ones… from the late 80s, I think.

johnych's picture


Generally FLS 5 can open Ikarus files. If it doesn't open your particular file you may send it to yar [at] fontlab [dot] com to let him look at it.

Alex Petrov

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Colour me completely corrected. c

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