The FontLab glyph window shimmy

alan's picture

Ok, I had this problem with FL3 and now it's back again with FL4. I'm running OS X. In Fog4, when you're flipping through glyphs, the left side-bearing stays put. This is a good way of judging the relative positions of different characters without drawing a bunch of guides.

In FL3, and again in FL4, I flip through the glyphs, and each glyph gets centered in the glyph window. This is good/bad. However, I've noticed that *sometimes* the left side-bearing does stay put between glyphs! I noticed that there is a tiny lock icon in the ruler at the top of the side-bearings and at the end of the baseline. Does this have something to do with it?

I emailed Pyrus, haven't gotten an answer yet. I know, I know, rtfm. I did (skimmed really fast looking for screenshots of that little lock). Anyone have any ideas? (now preparing to feel really stupid)

hrant's picture

You're in SF, right? Did you email them some time after this past Friday morning? Then wait for tomorrow night before panicking and doing desperate things like reading manuals. :-)

hhp

alan's picture

I emailed them right after I downloaded the demo, which was last Monday, I believe. Perhaps now that I am a licensed user I could nudge them again.

But the real question is ... how did you know where I'm located? :)

hrant's picture

A whole week (so far), wow - atypical.

> how did you know where I'm located?

I pay attention.
As John Cleese's barrister character would have inquisited: "You *do* work for MvB Design, is that correct?"

BTW, by some coincidence (this being your first [independently verifiable] public post that I personally remember) just yesterday I got the 5th issue of that m.real magazine*, and for the first time saw your Atma in [print] action: pretty elegant, but not overly cold (just the descenders I find a bit too long - a problem for economy). I especially like the fact that you're included "hybrid" figures and multiple sizes of caps (except maybe 3 sizes is enough - few people even notice this stuff anyway).

* http://www.m-real.com/
It's square (which is nice), and printed on too-fancy paper (not nice), and the previous issue was called "Black and White" - right up my alley. The current issue is all color photos - deathly boring.

hhp

alan's picture

Atma has problems. *cough*bigproblems. Don't look too close. I have customized versions that fix many of the more obvious issues (is that a violation of the license agreement? Oh wait, I'm not licensed). But hey, there's nothing like quantity to make up for quality.

Yes, I'm at MvB. Mark has the typographic super-smarts, so things I've done since Atma have been better.

hrant's picture

Atma has no more problems than most other fonts we see plastered all over.

> is that a violation of the license agreement? Oh wait, I'm not licensed

Well, you do have a contract with FontFont, I presume.
And I suspect you can't like just respace the thing and start reselling it yourself, right?

hhp

alan's picture

No, I was kidding about the license thing. I just have it customized for me. And I only have the Book weights installed, the others are not my type. (heh)

yuri's picture

>In FL3, and again in FL4, I flip through the
>glyphs, and each glyph gets centered in the
>glyph window. This is good/bad.

Position of the LSB will not change if you have a "custom" zoom level. This is true only for FontLab 4.5/Mac.

alan's picture

Thank you! That was the answer I was looking for. Would it be possible to include this as an optional feature? That is, include the option to have it turned on all the time?

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