Typetool vs. FontLab

peterc's picture

I understand that Typetool is a kind of "light edition" of FontLab. Typetool 1.5 is on the newest Computer Arts CD and I

addison's picture

Peter,

I think TypeTool is a great place to start--it's what I'm learning with myself. The price is affordable, plus it counts towards your purchase of FontLab when you're ready to move up.

TypeTool incorporates all the features you need to create Type 1 and TrueType fonts from scratch. FontLab is much richer in features, but someone else like Adam Twardoch could elaborate better than I can... A big difference is the ability to create OpenType fonts.

peterc's picture

Thanks Addison. But whats up with Opentype fonts - cant TypeTool make these?

Im doing my glyphs in Illustrator so I dont really need advanced tools for drawing inside FontLab/Typetool. I need features to actually "make a font" but thats fully possible with Typetool if I understand you right?

What about building weights automatically - I know there

addison's picture

I may not have this right, but I'm pretty sure TypeTool lacks the capability to create OpenType fonts nor build multiple weights.

Go to the TypeTool site and download the demo (ver. 2) and the manual. This would probably be the best way to find out if it has the features you're looking for. I tried a search on this site, but couldn't find exactly the answers you're looking for. You may try posting your questions in the "build" section.

peterc's picture

Addison - Actually I already had downloaded the demo but now that you telling me that I, myself, have to find out...I actually did!;) Tools - transform - effect is the way to make bolder wieghts in FL but theres no such in Typetool. A shame...

peterc's picture

Addison got a point btw - Can this thread somehow be moved to the Build board (aha, billboard yeah right;)!? Or shall I really do all the hard work myself.....

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