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I have a few font designs on paper that I would like to make a working, usable font from scratch ( not scanning them) what is the best program for a newer typographer like me?
FontForge is the only free font editor I know of.
Most type design software is user friendly; it’s just that type design is so complex that until you know what you’re doing the software won’t make much sense. Anyway, if you need something free, try the free Glyphs beta.
If you+re on windows, you can try typelight: CR8 Software Solutions | http://www.cr8.netfirms.com/typelight.html
FontForge is free and very powerful, but it's hardly user-friendly. I still highly recommend it if you're up to the challenges of installing it and climbing a rather steep learning curve. It's worth it just for the Spiro drawing mode.
Fontstruct Is a fairly simple web-based application for font creation, but it is specialized for making modular designs.
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>> FontForge is free and very powerful, but it's hardly user-friendly. I still highly recommend it if you're up to the challenges of installing it and climbing a rather steep learning curve. It's worth it just for the Spiro drawing mode.
This is only if you learned how to make fonts in say, Fontlab or Fontographer. I started in Fontforge, and then found a steep learning curve for Fontlab. I still use Fontforge for most of my work, Fontlab isn't as fun for me.
I think Fontforge is easy. Also, on a Mac you just get the .dmg available on Fontforge's website. On windows, you just get the Mingw package, and it runs right away. On linux just do the normal install procedure for your favorite distro.
Unless you're on linux, an easy download is on the fontforge website.