Software questions for Building and Managing fonts

e.davis's picture

Hi everyone,

I promised my boss I would find out some information for him and I knew this was the best place to come.

Questions 1: What software is out there for Macs to built fonts in?

Questions 2: Is there software out there that can be used to convert fonts across platforms? Most of the office is Mac based but a couple of people are PC and we need to have our fonts working on both.

He also wants a way of managing the fonts but I told him you can group fonts in font book and that gives you the ability to turn fonts on and off etc. I think he said he used to use Suitcase.

Thank you for the help in advance,

Frode Bo Helland's picture

1: Fontlab is your best bet, but there’s also Typetool and Fontographer (the latter freeware).
2: I know Fontlab can convert fonts to other formats, but remember to read the EULA carefully as this — in most cases — isn’t allowed. I’m guessing the other two can as well. This is rarely an issue as both TT and OT is cross platform, at least with newer Macs.

Frode Bo Helland's picture

I use Linotype FontExplorer X to manage fonts.

Mark Simonson's picture

Pretty sure Fontographer is not freeware. Maybe you were thinking of Font Forge.

FontLab also sells an app called TransType specifically for converting between different formats.

Frode Bo Helland's picture

Thanks Mark. Not the first time I’ve gotten that one wrong.

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