I need help with the AFDK

brianlawler's picture

Hi everyone,

I need help with the AFDK tools.

I have been "designing" fonts for about a half year in FontLab, and I have some work finished (sort of) now, and ready for testing.

I downloaded the AFDKO and installed the software with the "FinishInstallOSX" dropped into the Terminal.

My problem is basic... I don't know how to use Terminal well enough to use the tools now that I have them. I need the five-minute tutorial from someone who might have been through this already. Specifically, I need help with the checkOutlines routine.

Where to I put the path to the font I want to check?

(and that sort of thing)

Thank you in advance.


Miguel Sousa's picture

Hi Brian,

If you already gone through the step of installing the tools and all went, it's actually quite simple to use them. In the case of checkOutlines, just open a Terminal window and type checkOutlines -h for getting the Help, or checkOutlines -u for information about Usage.

checkOutlines can operate on Type 1 fonts (.pfa or .ps) and on OpenType CFF fonts (.otf). To check a font file located on your Desktop you can type something like this: checkOutlines /Users/your_username_here/Desktop/YourFont.otf
Some messages will appear on the Terminal window, and a file named checkOutlines.log will be created on the Desktop containing them.

Check these PDFs to get some more info about other AFDKO tools:

brianlawler's picture

Dear Miguel,

Thank you. That's the sort of information I needed. I will try it and get back on track.

Best wishes,

Brian P. Lawler

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