Has anyone experienced FontLab generating a font where the kern classes differ from the source VFB? I'm completely stumped as to why this is happening or how to get around it. I suppose I could use TTX or FontForge to replace the kern classes but I can't help wondering if this is a known bug, maybe FL needs a reinstall or perhaps I've overlooked something. Any insight would be appreciated.

Hi guys,

I recently bought Letterror's Superpolator. I've seen all the video's about it from the Robothon 2009 event, but still the program stays a bit of a mystery to me. Since there is no (known) manual for Superpolator, other than the Robothon 2009 video's, I hope there are some people out there willing to share tips and tricks. Perhaps we could even build a wiki page for it.

These are the issues I'd like to be enlightened on:

1) Importing/updating individual UFO glyphs
If you edit your masters in Fontlab and and want to update them in Superpolator, do you replace the existing master or can you update just the glyphs you editted in Fontlab?

2) Automatic update master in Superpolator

My font was exporting with a weird order so I tried to reorder first using sort glyphs then using index mode.
After saving my encoding, I exported my font and now when I type "A" another symbol comes up. This with every glyph in the font.
Any thoughts on how to fix it?

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I have recently concluded my first font on Fontlab. It is a Latin base character. I have been testing out the font on programs, like Illustrator, and I have noticed a problem when I write the diacritics. Everytime I write the diacritic Illustrator automatically changes the font to Myriad. I have tried fixing the problem on Fontlab by going on the Glyph Properties window and assinging the OT to simple or ligatures, nothing works.

I have inserted an image into this post to better illustrate my problem.

Thank you.

AMAG's picture

Missing characters?

I am a rookie at fontlab - and i have run into a problem.
I made a otf with some kerning pairs. But when I try to use it in Indesign or Illustrator three characters are missing. Its really strange because I can use the font in Pages without problems.
I have no clue how this happened or how to fix it - so advice is much appreciated! (help!)

Thanks in advance :)

I have an OpenType font I am trying to convert to TrueType format with FontLab 4.5 and it just crashes when I try.

Any ideas out there?

Does anyone know how to set some parameters that restrict a font to specific sizes? In my case, I need the character to be no smaller than 12pt and no bigger than 72pt. I would like the character to change to another character for sizes smaller than 12pt or bigger than 72pt.

Is this sort of thing possible in FontLab 5 with the OpenType programming panel?


A New Tool for Illustrator folks: TypeBridge

Hi. I just wanted to comment in regards to the folks who were having difficulty with the transfer between Illustrator and TypeTool/FontLab. The way that FontLab works is logical, given that in font world there are no decimal numbers. However, for folks who are very comfortable in Illustrator, it would be nice to have a tool that automatically rounds all points (which have already been drawn) to whole points while keeping the integrity of the font.

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FontLab Font window

Hi, i'm brand new here on typophile and also brand new to making fonts and fontlab and before anything let me apologize for my bad english, i'm art director and illustrator from Brazil. My question is simple: how can i add more characters on the FontLab window so i can see other characters for other languages? Right now i have the A-Z, a-z and 0-9 and a few others, but i want to make the font available for more languages. I see in fontforge a lot of characters that doesnt show on the fontlab window. Sorry if my question is silly. Anyway thanks in advance.

I just bought a new MacBook Pro and used Apple’s software to move my copy of FontLab (among other things) from my old computer to my new one. But now I have to re-enter the serial number every time I start the program.

Help regarding this problem much appriciated.

Best wishes,

I am trying to produce a scaleable dot-based font family in Fontlab as Mac flavoured Opentype. I’ve had a lot of trouble with getting small circles to be geometrically correct in Truetype (the beziers flatten the arcs) but Opentype keeps them geometrically consistent.

However, I have a bigger problem which I can't seem to fix.

Hey Everybody,
I am trying to have something like a black block underneath every Letter of the typeface . So basically an inverted version of the typeface on a black Background. Is it possible to automtically generate an effect like that in fontlab or give the typeface a feature to do so? The propblem is that the Typeface is not a monospacetypeface so if i would set up the letters on a black background in the glyphsheet , once two letter would overlap like AV something would be cut away from the A or V. It also needs to work witout doing anything manually afterwards ( like changing underline options in indesing for example)! Would be great if anybody could help me!
All the best

Hi all,
Does anybody already saw this display bug in FontLab ?
All the texts you can type in FontLab like values or sample text in metrics window or somewhere else are not displayed in latin characters but in a kind of hebrew or something like that. A bit annoying to be precise !
I already had this bug in iTunes, but this disapeared at the next update.
I tried to reinstall FontLab totally but without succes.
Thanks by advance for the help.


Anyone knows how to remove hundreds of random guidelines?
Is there any macro?, or something?

Thanks in advance!

I'm hoping that someone might be able to assist me with a few FontLab 'OpenType" feature questions:


I'm using Fontlab 5.0.4 on mac os 10.6.4 and I have problems with resize shapes.
When I resize the shapes they are getting damaged and I don't know what to do.

Anyone can help me here??



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Fontlab 6.0

Wondering if there is a plan for Fontlab to embody VOLT's features with next new version !

Hello, i'm a new FontLab user. I made an opentype font with features but some of these aren't compatible with InDesign (for example: fina). There is a features list compatible with InDesign?? Or i'm in mistake? Someone can tell me what's the problem? thanks for the answers!

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Revisiting December

In my sophomore year (now a senior) we were required to make a typeface. Although that was just the beginning of the assignment, the second parts like making a specimen, won't help me now. Needless to say, since that class I've fallen in love with type. Researching, reading, but never producing anything.

I've decided that as a personal project, I would like to revisit what I originally called December and take the forms created in illustrator and turn them in to an actual font. Lowercase, numerals, so on and so forth. I've picked up "Learn Fontlab Fast" and I'm about to dive in over the weekend. I have some sketches for lowercase, and already plan on refining some of the shapes. But I figured why not see what the masters at typophile have to say.

Hello everyone,

we made a script for automatic font family naming in FontLab and I want to share with you.

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FontLab 5 templates?

Hey Guys,

The FL5 PDF manual states: "FontLab Studio 5 ships with a very extensive set of pre-installed default glyph template images" and that they "cover the entire Unicode 3.2 character set" but I'm unable to find them on my system on which FL5 is loaded.

This sounds like exactly what I need to get started creating a Unicode font from multiple Latin and Greek fonts that we maintain for a client (created in Fontographer 4, used currently as Type1 fonts).

Any ideas where I can get such a thing?

Many thanks,

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Grid help in Fontlab

Hi guys,

I'm about to start digitizing a typeface for a designer who has never used Fontlab.

Each glyph has been drawn by hand very well on strict gridded paper.

Is there a method of applying the same paper grid to my Fontlab grid?

Thanks a lot guys!


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Height problem

Hello there, again ;)

I have a problem with my font - when I export it, the problem is next: when I write with it the height of one line is very very long, just to be sure you understand here are some pics of it [of course the problem is same in Illustrator] ;)

Why is that happening?

I work with FontLab 5.0.4 :)

This topic was discussed in 2005 but I feel is worth re-visiting since the recent release of fontographer 5. Fontlab has a comparison chart for their entire collection of software which can be located here
I suppose my primary interest is with those who have used the new Fontographer.
One reason the program fell the way side, it would seem, was its lack of support for opentype which is now included in fontographer 5.

I created a font for a school assignment a while ago, and I'm having a little trouble with Open-Type in order to make it work properly.see the font here:
Since the typeface uses shoes as characters, I needed it to be like this:
Right foot, Left foot,Right foot, Left foot,Right foot, Left foot,

At first I just put all the right feet in uppercase glyphs and left feet in lowercase glyphs, so you needed to type ThIs WaY to make it work (not the best solution, but I had a tight deadline). Now I am trying to find an open-type solution to make it look right regardless of how you write, but I'm not sure about which open-type feature I should use.
I am a bit of a noob at Font Lab, so any help would be appreciated.

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