Fontlab crossgrading

GT_Foundry's picture

hello

NOTE TO MODS: If this doesn't belong here feel free to move or delete.

I have a licence for the PC version of Fontlab Studio 5

After my PC died, I switched to Mac but after a discussion with the email support people, Fontlab don't allow crossgrading and want me to buy a new full licence.
Im a hobbyist so this is out of the question for now.

Any ideas of my options here?

Cheers Typophiles.
P.s anyone moving from Mac to Pc anytime soon? :)

eliason's picture

I know some people run Windows FontLab on Macs with emulation software (e.g. Parallels). Obtaining that would be cheaper than buying a new FLab license, and the current Windows version is more stable and bug-free than the Mac version anyway.

hrant's picture

The FontLab people have always been super nice, so
I'm surprised to hear they're being stingy with you.

> the current Windows version is more stable and bug-free than the Mac version

I didn't know that. I wonder why I hadn't heard that before...
Reminds me of the "Genius Bar" boys who are not allowed to
utter "virus" otherwise they get fired.

hhp

eliason's picture

I didn't know that. I wonder why I hadn't heard that before...

Well it was said by Adam Twardoch on this very forum, so I don't think a conspiratorial hush-job is in the works in this instance.

hrant's picture

I wouldn't expect FontLab to be doing the hush-jobbing.

hhp

Si_Daniels's picture

>I'm surprised to hear they're being stingy with you.

Might be worth contacting Yuri directly rather than a sales rep.

Cheers, Si

John Hudson's picture

I run the Windows version of FontLab under Parallels. One has the usual Mac problem of the delete key not actually deleting things (!), but other than that it is good and, as others have noted, more stable than the Mac version.

Hrant, I recall several people making the point about the superiority of Windows FontLab here over the past few years; I know I have more than once. I understand that the latest Mac upgrade build (5.1?) is supposed to be a significant improvement in this regard, although I have not tried it. FontLab replaced their entire Mac development team, I believe.

GT_Foundry's picture

Thanks for the replies everyone.

This raises a couple of questions

1. Is Parallels the best option for running FontLab?

2. Anybody running the latest Mac FontLab willing to chip in on the buggyness/non-buggyness of said version?

Im glad I have a few options now and really appreciate the help with this.

Cheers

GT_Foundry's picture

NB re: 1:
As opposed to Bootcamp, Virtualbox, VmWare etc...

GT_Foundry's picture

Also - does anyone have an email address for Yuri?

Cheers

Cristobal Henestrosa's picture

> Anybody running the latest Mac FontLab willing to chip in on the buggyness/non-buggyness of said version?

In some respects 5.0 is better than 5.1. Certainly some things are better now, but some old bugs are still there, plus some new nasty ones.

I tried to work with 5.1, but there were some things that I had to do in 5.0 anyway, so I decided to go back until they get fixed or until I have the time to switch to a less buggy application.

GT_Foundry's picture

Apparently my quandary has been forwarded to Yuri. Awaiting his response. Thanks for the tips all.

JamesT's picture

As a user of both pc and mac, I can definitely say the Windows version of Fontlab is far more stable (it has only crashed twice in the past ten months, and both times were my fault). As FontLab isn't particularly CPU intensive (for most tasks), running it in a Windows emulator (VMWare or something similar), shouldn't cause any issues. Most of the issues I've seen (in the Mac version), usually result from MM work and more python script based work than from drawing glyphs or opentype scripting.

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