FTM

eomine's picture

This Belgian company, Alt-Soft, has a new software for font edition and conversion, called FTM (Font Type Master). It's a simple app, not really good for drawing or creating new fonts, there's not even a good metrics tool.

But this app has a very, very interesting feature. Maybe I shouldn't post this here, but... it opens fonts from PDFs! Using the demo, I was able to open a font from a PDF file. Quick and easy. No kerning though. I just wasn't able to save the font because it is a demo (no saving allowed).

I will not post a link to this, but I think interested people will find it.

Personally, I think this feature should be removed from this app. But, what do others think about it?

luciano_perondi's picture

I think this feature is stupid. When I see a specimen I prefer a pdf so I can print and see if the typeface works. Now foundries will remove their pdf.
Is it possible to open the fonts also from protected pdf?

John Hudson's picture

Who is supposed to use the feature, and for what purpose? There really isn't a legitimate need to open a font from a PDF, because if you have a legitimate right to open a font it is because you have a license which says you can, which means that you have the font.

andreas's picture

It looks like a nice engine for an font editor, but due to its feature set, its more a deluxe ripper.

It can't open protected pdfs, but experts will know how to do it.

So for pdf specimens, you should embed only a subset of your fonts and essential pages can be rendered as bitmaps only.

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