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Fontlab behaves funny when I use my tablet in glyph window mode.
Every time when I put my pen-hand or mouse on the tablet, Fontlab scrolls down a couple of rows. What’s happening? Oh, and yes ”Enable touch input is turned off”.

Has any one else had a similar experience?

Thanks,
Kristian

Hello everyone,
I've a question about horizontal and vertical stems in FontLab.
Going to Font Info --> Hinting Settings --> Standard stems (T1 hinting) it is possible to define values for horizontal and vertical font's standard stems.
But when I'm in a blank Glyph Window is there a way to visualize horizontal and vertical hints based on those values?
I mean, how can I make those values useful for the designing process of the glyphs?
Thank you for your help!

Hello everyone,
I try to explain you the problem.

I created a typography that has both common (e.g. between "f" and "i") and custom (e.g. between "p" and "p") ligatures and used FontLab to export the font in ttf.
Now I want an HTML page to display the font and I write & #xFB01 for common ligature between "f" and "i".
But where should I operate to display custom ligature between "p" and "p"?

Thank you in advance for your attention!
Filippo

Hello everyone,
I try to explain you the problem.

I created a typography that has both common (e.g. between "f" and "i") and custom (e.g. between "p" and "p") ligatures and used FontLab to export the font in ttf.
Now I want an HTML page to display the font and I write & #xFB01 for common ligature between "f" and "i".
But where should I operate to display custom ligature between "p" and "p"?

Thank you in advance for your attention!
Filippo

Michael Jarboe's picture

FontLab Mavericks

Anyone know of any compatibility issues with FontLab and/or RoboFab Macros or any other Font software and Mavericks?

Hesitant to upgrade until I get word that there are no real issues.

Hey all,

Still kind of new here so please excuse my amateur questions. But there's a couple things I'm wanting to do.

We do a lot of engraving on a router where I work. And this is mainly just me being curious. Is there a way in FontLab or anything other building tool, to design a single line typeface, so that it keeps the same stroke width through different point sizes?

For example, at 72pt, the typeface will appear thin, but when dropped down the say 6-8pt, the typeface will appear heavier. What I would like to do be able to do is start designing a font family for different size engraving bits, as well as Regular, Condensed, Expanded variants.

d_b_v's picture

Can't edit any glyph - all grey!

Hello,

I did something unintentionally, while I was sorting my glyphs, anyway - my tools are all grey/translucent now and I can't change a single thing. "erase tool" is grey, "knife tool" is grey, "elipse" - everything. I basically can't select any of the tools, nor a single dot when I open glyph window and I don't know how to undo what I just did. I quit and restart, but the problem remains.
I attached a snapshot.

Thank you for your help!

d_b_v's picture

Can't edit any glyph - all grey!

Hello,

I did something unintentionally, while I was sorting my glyphs, anyway - my tools are all grey/translucent now and I can't change a single thing. "erase tool" is grey, "knife tool" is grey, "elipse" - everything. I basically can't select any of the tools, nor a single dot when I open glyph window and I don't know how to undo what I just did. I quit and restart, but the problem remains.
I attached a snapshot.

Thank you for your help!

Dears Typophilers,
I'm new in the typography design.
I did an arabic font with Fontographer 5 but I didn't finish because I need some help.

I need to know how I can create Open type standard ligatures feature with Fontographer 5, font lab or Volt.

or I need to know how I can create ligatures feature.. when I type some letters together the glyph replaces.. for example AL-JALALAH WORD (ALLAH), in some fonts if you type LAM LAM HAA it will have specific shape.

any tutorials, lessons or hints will be very helpful.

Regards,
Mohammed
mohammed.faqier@gmail.com

Hello guys!

I've been desiging a Font in Hebrew, But I can't seem to find how to generate a Hebrew font in FontLab.

Let's say I've got all I need already, and I have FontLab. How do I create a Font in Hebrew? is there a Code Page for Hebew? How do I "turn it on"?

I'm very new in the typograhpy field, so every little detail is needed and will help me.

Thanks.

I make hand-drawn typefaces using an Illustrator to FontLab workflow like this:

1. Scan.
2. Vectorize in Illustrator [using ImageTrace in AI CS6].
3. Copy and paste individual glyphs into FontLab.

I used to be satisfied with this workflow, but now that I'm making more fonts, I really want the ability to import multiple characters/glyphs at once, so that I don't have to go back and forth copying and pasting over a hundred times per typeface. All of my characters start out together in a single AI file. Is there any way to get them into FontLab (or Glyphs) all at once as separate glyphs?

I have a family of fonts I'm building in FontLab. They are all using the same exact kerning data and kerning classes. For some reason, one of the fonts is giving me a "serious error" in Font Book that says there is a "System Validation" error, with no further details.

I've tried taking a .vfb file from one of the working fonts, copying over glyphs from the font that's giving me trouble, and generating again. Same error. I think I've pinpointed the problem to be something kerning/class related, as if I copy/paste glyphs that AREN'T in a class and generate the font, I don't get an error in Font Book. But once I copy glyphs that are in a kerning class, I start getting the error.

Hello,

I'm new on the forum so I introduce myself

i'm a swiss student, and I tried for my studies In ancient history to build a font.
I used fontforge and finally fontlab. Everything works perfectly except the kerning.

MS word 2010 doesen't take count of the kerning of my new font...
Kerning works perfectly on Oppen office, but I have to make it work on MS word. Is it possible ?

Somebody knows what is the problem ? Can somebody help me ?

Thanks for help :)
1nordman

Hello typophile fontlab users,

So I have this 5 layered font based on a painted font in fontlab.

I've figured out how to get the kerning exact so it aligns perfectly every time. My issue is the vertical settings.

In Illustrator or Photoshop, when using a text box, as opposed to clicking on canvas with type tool, Illustrator will adjust the baseline for each of the 5 layered styles.

Here is a picture of 2 of the font layers using the text box versus type path tool.

Is this something to do with vertical metrics? Am I missing a checkbox that says "keep original character positioning"?

Appreciate any advice.

I've added cyrillic characters to one of my opentype truetype fonts. This is my first time designing anything beyond Latin 1. How do I generate it in fontlab so that the cyrillic characters are included? These are the questions that I have:

in Font Info>
Encoding and Unicode> I already have 1252 Latin 1 and Macintosh Character Set added here, I'm guessing add 1251 Cyrillic?
What about the Microsoft Character Set drop down menu? Do I leave that Western (Latin 1)?
What about the Mac script and FOND ID drop down menu? Do I leave that as Roman?

in Font Info>
Encoding and Unicode> Custom [cmap] encodings> Do I add anything here?

in Font Info>
Encoding and Unicode> Unicode Ranges> I'm guessing I check Basic Latin, Latin-1 Supplement and then Cyrillic?

I am working on a typeface and I notice these small red rectangles below several glyphs in FontLab.

Can anyone tell me what this indicates? See attached image below.

Thanks

-DJ

Hi,
i'm a bit new in font building (second one) and i have a problem. The first one was really simple, one stroke, one fill.
I would like to make a 3D font, so i have started with my old one (black stroke, white fill) added the same (stroke/fill black) in background but slighlty shifted down-left and hold filled with triangle. That doesn't work when i copy/paste in fontlab or glyph.

Thanks
Alex

Illustrator:

glyph paste:

glyph results:

Hi everybody,
I'm currently struggling with the following problem - I have ultra light, regular and ultra bold and want to interpolate them in Fontlab MM space, so I could create an extensive family. As it seems, Fontlab MM space does not allow for the use of intermediate design (Normal) to be place between the two masters - ultra light + ultra black. (or am I mistaken?)

So that leaves me with two choices:
1) to keep two MM files with light - normal and normal - black interpolations and constantly troubling about consistency
or 2) use two weight axis in same MM font and do mind-bending slider-switching so I could achieve tri-master interpolation in four-master space ?!?

I'm working on a hairline typeface right now, something similar to Marian -- http://commercialtype.com/typefaces/marian -- and I'm wondering if there's some Python snippet or something out there that allows you to preview your path without expanding it.

Hello,
my first post here.

I have a problem that I don't think I have had before and I need help solving it. I can't find the problem on the web.

When I copy my glyphs from Illustrator and paste them into FLS the shapes transforms from smooth rounded corners into just cornered. In Illustrator the anchor points is set to smooth. Why do FLS change my anchor points?

My English is to limited to explain the problem. Please see the attached images.
The black and grey image is in Illustrator and the white image with a black line is in FLS.

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Theapbo

Hi! I'm designing a layered typeface with three weights and some extra glyphs (ligatures, swashes and some weird alternates). I made open type feature for ligatures and kerns but I let some extra glyphs without feature. When I use those glyphs and I change the weight, the glyph doesn't change. For example, if I write "BARCELONA" with one of my extra B's, and I change the weight, it change all the word except the B.
I've been looking the generated file and it seems that those extra glyphs without feature doesn't have UICODE names, so when we change the weight, they doesn't change. I've tryied to use the option GLYPHS>GLYPHS NAME>GENERATE UNICODE but it doesn't work.
Anyone knows what can I do to generate the same UNICODE names on the three weights.

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Failed Font Experiment

I recently completed a failed font experiment, and, although I don't know if it's of any interest to anyone, I thought I'd share it anyway. If my wasted time fuels someone else's creative endeavors, then it wasn't entirely wasted.

The concept was weighting glyphs in a font based on their frequency of use in a given text canon. So, for example, my plan was to have a Shakespeare version of the font, a Brontë version of the font, etc. The less frequently a character is used in the canon, the darker the character would be in the font.

In any case, a more detailed writeup that includes python scripts and examples can be read here.

As a Fontlab beginner I'm still unclear what role sidebearings play.

Should they be used to denote the bounding box of a glyph, in which case letter-spacing is done entirely through kerning classes? Or should they denote a glyph's default letter-spacing, in which case kerning classes are an additional layer of spacing refinement?

Take the letter /I, for example: should you put the sidebearings adjacent to the edges of the glyph (so that the bottom-left corner has coordintes [0, 0]), or should you place them wherever you feel the default spacing should be (e.g. 50 pts away from each side of the glyph)?

thanks in advance!

Hi everybody !!
Im just join to 4rum !! :D
Because i'm come from VietNam, i speak english not well.!!
Hope you understand ! :(

I have a problems when work with Fontlab Studio 5.

I have Aphrodite Font, but it's english font !!
I can't write VietNamese language !!
So i'm changing it to VietNam but dont affect them.
Just add character to this font !!

But when i do it, i want to join 2 character to 1 group like picture !!
The sad thing, i dont know do it !!
Who can show me how to do it !!
Thanks so much !!

Last time, I'm come from VN so i speak E not well.
If i post this topic in the wrong location, please Admin move it to right location !!
Thanks all !!
:x

Hi all,

I'm creating my font by importing from AI -> Fontlab.

For some reason, the letter /T renders very thin compared to all my other glyphs as if it's been stroked with white. I quadruple-checked the proportions and even redrew the glyph in fontlab (i.e. no AI import) but to no avail. I also feel the stems of /V are a bit thin too, but not certain.

Is this a hinting issue? I haven't really delved into that yet.

Thanks in advance!

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