FontLab: Closing contour problem + Auto merging shapes

Mathieu Christe's picture

Dear all,

I'm a fresh FontLab (5.0.4 on Mac OS 10.4.11) user.
While drawing I've noticed 2 behaviours that don't suit me:

— Using the drawing tool, for sometimes, I couldn't directly close a shape. Instead of a small circle appearing next to the arrow when you meet the first point again, I had a “+” symbol. Now it's behaving the way I want (circle symbol) but I'd like to know how to switch this on/off if it comes back.

— Using the rectangle and/or ellipse tools, as soon as shapes overlap, an auto-merging occurs?!?

I've looked through the manual (mostly the preferences) and asked around, without any success. Help would be highly appreciated.

Thanks in advance, best, mc

eigi's picture

Hello mc,

If you don't want the auto-merging, use Ellipse and Rectangle from the Smart Shapes Palette.


Mathieu Christe's picture

Dear Eigi,

Thanks for the tip but I'd like to understand what's going on with this auto-merging. I checked this on different computers around me at school, my FontLab (same version) is the only one doing it!?! Same with the close contour symbol…

Best, mc

Mathieu Christe's picture

I was doing some computer cleaning and found this post, thought I'd give some feedback.
Note to anyone facing the same problems/behaviours, just wait and they will fix themselves. Sorry that I can't give a more precise explanation. I went through the preferences, asked my classmates but I never figured it out.

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