Fontographer - New in Version 5.0

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New in Version 5.0

The highlights of the new Fontographer 5 version include:

User interface

  • NEW! Glyph antialiasing (smoothing) in all application windows
  • IMPROVED! Glyph window zoom level up to 1600%
  • IMPROVED! Radically redesigned and updated, easy-to-use Font Info dialog for editing the relevant technical parameters for all font formats, including OpenType, with updated, intelligent, automatic generation of OpenType-compatible font family naming and of cross-plattform linespacing values
  • NEW! Powerful Spotlight-like glyph search feature that allows you to quickly highlight or select glyphs based on the Unicode codepoint, glyph name or Unicode character name (including wildcards)
  • NEW! Easy access to the unencoded glyphs (OpenType alternates) using the FontLab prefix convention
  • IMPROVED! Metrics and kerning editing in the Metrics Window
  • IMPROVED! Manual editing of Type 1 hints

Font formats and international support

  • NEW! Font generator and reader for OpenType fonts (both PS/.otf and TT/.ttf flavor) with 20,000+
  • NEW! Reads Mac Type 1 font suitcases (FFIL), Mac datafork suitcases (.dfont) and TrueType Collections (.ttc)
  • IMPROVED! Opening and generation of Type 1 fonts, using cutting-edge FontLab technology
  • IMPROVED! Full Unicode compatibility (fonts and user interface), including support for the Unicode Standard version 5.2
  • NEW! OpenType Layout features can be defined using the most recent Adobe FDK for OpenType (AFDKO) version 2.5 syntax
  • NEW! Modern OpenType-compatible encodings and a full set of international encodings
  • NEW! Support for OpenType digital signatures (DSIG)
  • NEW! Reads and exports the FontLab VFB format for easy integration into a FontLab-based workflow
  • NEW! Great screen font quality thanks to the integrated Adobe PostScript autohinter and the excellent FontLab TrueType autohinter
  • NEW! Integrated Adobe Type 1 and Microsoft TrueType rasterizers for high-quality bitmap generation from hinted outlines, and the ability to export the bitmaps in BDF format

Operating system and application support

  • IMPROVED! Runs natively on Mac OS X (universal binary), Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
  • IMPROVED! Copy-paste and import-export of Illustrator and Freehand outline artwork
  • IMPROVED! Copy-paste and import bitmap images for autotracing

…plus countless additional improvements and bug fixes.

This is the release that the font software community has been waiting for more than a decade!