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FontLab Studio 5
The industry-standard font creation and editing tool
FontLab Studio 5 is our professional font editor for macOS and Windows. Used by Adobe, Apple, IBM, Microsoft, Monotype, Morisawa and almost every other major font foundry in the world, it is the comprehensive solution for font foundries, professional type designers, typographers and graphic design studios, allowing them to design typefaces and create or modify fonts.
FontLab Studio 5 offers a complete integrated workflow for professional font creation, from font family management, through multilingual glyph design and accelerated spacing and kerning, all the way to automatic and manual hinting and Python scripting. It supports all major outline font formats, from OpenType and TrueType to PostScript Type 1 and Multiple Master.
Draw from scratch or turn your scans into perfect outlines
Comfortable Bézier creation
Many designers say that FontLab Studio 5 is their favorite Bézier drawing tool ever. A powerful combination of the Pen, Rectangle, Ellipse, Knife and Eraser tools allows you to create precise Bézier curves. With numeric and freeform Transformations, both manual and font-wide, you can quickly adjust your glyphs to match your design.
Watch tutorial video on Bézier drawing.
Import bitmaps or vectors, trace and clean up
Copy-paste vectors from Adobe Illustrator or import EPS outline artwork. Import monochrome images and use them as reference, or automatically Trace them into Bézier contours, specifically optimized for type design. Clean up, Optimize, correct and simplify your contours with a variety of smart algorithms for perfect quality.
Better curves with FontAudit
Easily spot odd points and suspicious curves with FontAudit, our live outline custodian that will visually show you errors and possible issues in your glyphs, and sometimes even automatically fix them. Use FontAudit to find those lines that are just off of vertical, missing extrema points, and tangent curves that aren’t quite smooth.
Watch tutorial video on Better curves
In-context design: Shape groups & Neighbors
FontLab Studio 5 dynamically displays the glyphs relevant to the one you’re working on, with Shape groups, a semi-transparent glyph cloud stacked behind the current outline, and Neighbors, glyphs left and right of your glyph.This way, you can quickly switch between related lettershapes and design them in a coordinated fashion.“FontLab Studio 5 transformed my font design experience. It is my favorite drawing program — often used to produce pieces for needed graphics. I love the drawing GUI.”
— David Bergsland, Bergsland Design
Automatic and class-based metrics and kerning
The powerful Metrics Window is a multiline text editor that allows you to comfortably test, space and kern your font. Set the left and right sidebearing and the advance width in the Metrics mode, and kern in the Kerning mode. The table on the right and the panel on the bottom give you detailed numeric control over your metrics and kerning.
Watch tutorial video on spacing
Class-based metrics and kerning
Automatically or manually groups your glyphs by similar shape to create Classes. Quickly copy sidebearings or widths from one glyph to all related glyphs with Class-based Metrics Assistance. With class-based Kerning, kern a glyph against a class of glyphs, or entire classes against each other. Less work, more efficient fonts, and more fun!
Multiple master, Unicode, OpenType
Multiple master and interpolation
FontLab Studio 5 supports Multiple master font design. With up to 3 design axes and 16 masters, you can create extensive font families that vary in weight, width or other aspects. The advanced Blend algorithm helps you turn standalone fonts into interpolable font families. With FontLab’s point-compatible PostScript-to-TrueType curve conversion, you can easily prepare your family for conversion into OpenType Variable fonts. Extrapolation helps you create a black or a light style from a regular and a bold.
Watch tutorial video on Multiple Master.
No language barriers with Unicode
FontLab Studio 5 supports encoding of any Unicode character. The app has detailed data for all of Unicode 6, and allows you to add glyphs for all Unicode 9 codepoints. It also supports Unicode Private Use Area codepoints, unencoded glyphs, and OpenType glyph variants.
Components and diacritics
With Components, you can create your base letters and diacritic accents once and assemble accented characters by attaching the components. FontLab Studio 5 maintains a live link: one change in the design is reflected in all the composite characters. The app can smartly auto-generate over 2,500 accented characters from your components.
Watch tutorial video on Latin diacritic design.
Advanced typography with OpenType Layout
Add advanced typographic OpenType Layout features such as small caps or ligatures with the industry-standard Adobe FEA syntax. The OpenType Preview allows you to see the effect of features, including how they interact.
Watch tutorial video on OpenType features
Have FontLab Studio automatically set vertical alignment zones and glyph-level hints for optimized screen legibility in small sizes. Or take complete manual control. Use FontLab’s automatic hinting at any stage, and choose when and where to tweak by hand. The built-in system and FreeType rasterizer preview shows you exactly what your final font will look like on screen.
With FontLab Studio 5’s integrated visual TrueType Hinting workflow, you can get pixel-perfect screen rendering in all Microsoft Windows apps. Set your PostScript hints and alignment zones, and have FontLab automatically generate TrueType Hinting commands, that will guarantee uniform text rendering. You can also manually hand-hint some or all your glyphs for absolute control over every pixel at every screen font size!
Watch tutorial video on TrueType Hinting.
Macro scripting via Python
FontLab Studio 5 has massive support for Python, the standard programming language for font work. Almost anything you can do in FontLab Studio is accessible to Python programming. Not a programmer? That’s okay! There are dozens of free third-party Python scripts for FontLab available from many sources. There are even third-party macro plug-ins with a full user interface, such as the Font Remix Tools.
Watch tutorial video on FontLab Python scripting.“For me, it makes sense to keep everything in one application from early design stages through to kerning, hinting and final mastering. Each typeface I design is different with different challenges, FontLab Studio handles these with ease, all I have to bring to it are my eyes and determination for what I want.FontLab Studio 5 is massively powerful and can be daunting, yet I use it quite simply. I like to take my time over each stage of a type’s development. FontLab Studio lets me do things my way and doesn’t force me to work a certain way or change the way I prefer to work. It’s brilliant at doing its job.”
— Jeremy Tankard, typography.net
- Drawing tools: Pen, Pencil, Brush, Sketch, Ellipse, Rectangle, Line, Polygon
- Editing tools: Knife, Guides, Meter, mirror, rotate, overlap operations
- Components for accented and composite characters
- View: FontAudit, Mask & Bitmap layers
- Actions: multi-font and multi-glyph outline, metrics and hinting transformations, automatic bold, decorative effects. Create Action Sets as needed.
- Variable font design with axis-based Multiple master (up to 3 axes & 16 masters)
- Pair and class kerning, including exceptions
- Automatic generation of classes, metrics and kerning
- Adobe FDK OpenType feature language
- Anchors to attach accents to base characters in composite glyphs
- Detailed production-specific settings
- Full support for Unicode and custom OpenType encoding files
- Script repetitive tasks with Python 2.7.x, integrate with RoboFab, UFO tools
- FontLab Studio 5.2.2 for WindowsWorks on Windows 10, and on Windows XP SP2+ or newer, 32-bit or 64-bit. Python 2.7 recommended.
- FontLab Studio 5.1.5 for MacWorks on macOS 10.12 Sierra, and on Mac OS X 10.6.8 or newer. FontLab Studio 5.1.5 has minor issues on macOS 10.13 High Sierra.
- Opens OpenType CFF (OTF), OpenType TT / TrueType (TTF), PostScript Type 1 (PFB/PFA/MM), FontLab VFB, Fontographer FOG, and legacy Mac fonts
- Generates OpenType CFF (OTF), OpenType TT / TrueType (TTF), PostScript Type 1 (PFB/PFA/MM), FontLab VFB. Mac version also generates suitcase-based Mac Type 1 and Mac TrueType.
- Limitations on Demo Version Export and save limitations, minor issues on OS X 10.10+ (not present in the full version)
FontLab - Wikipedia
FontLab is both the name of a company, Fontlab Ltd, Inc. and the name of their flagship font editor product (although version 5 was called FontLab Studio). Since the early 2000s, FontLab Studio has been the dominant software tool for commercial/retail digital font development. This is partly because the once-dominant Fontographer by Altsys ceased development after its acquisition by Macromedia. During Macromedia's merger/acquisition by Adobe Systems in 2005, Macromedia sold Fontographer's rights and code to FontLab Ltd, so FontLab now owns and maintains both of the most popular font editing/development tools.
Originally, there were two separate companies. SoftUnion Ltd of St. Petersburg, Russia made the software, under lead programmer Yuri Yarmola. Pyrus North America Ltd, of the USA was formed in 1992 to distribute and market FontLab 2.0 for Microsoft Windows, which came out in 1993 (there was no Mac OS version at the time). Eventually Pyrus bought all the rights to FontLab; hired Mr. Yarmola; and renamed the company. Today they have a wide range of font editing and conversion tools. Programming is still done by a Russian team in St. Petersburg, while the company is incorporated in Panama.
FontLab's first Mac OS product was FontLab 3 for Mac, in 1998. Since then, FontLab (now FontLab Studio) has been issued for both Mac and Windows, but the Windows versions usually come out first, by six months to a year. In addition, FontLab has developed spinoff font editors for specific markets. TypeTool, a stripped down version of FontLab Studio, is quite inexpensive and serves as an entry level typeface editor which is popular with students, hobbyists, and those whose typographic needs are relatively simple. In the past, AsiaFont Studio (or Fontlab Composer) was a more sophisticated version of Fontlab, with special features for editing Chinese, Japanese and Korean fonts. These functions are now included in Fontlab Studio (since version 5.1). OpenType features for complex scripts like Arabic, Devanagari, and Thai are not directly supported, but can be added through Microsoft’s Volt.
Back when fonts came in different formats and were platform specific, FontLab also began to create a line of font conversion utilities. ScanFont, a tool for converting scans/bitmaps of glyphs into vector glyphs/fonts was part of FontLab 2. But in the next version it was split off, and became its own more complete and powerful application. Next came TransType, a font converter for moving fonts between TrueType, OpenType and Type 1 formats and between Macintosh and Windows platforms. A few more specialized font converters followed: FONmaker, for converting vector fonts into bitmaps; FontFlasher, for converting vector fonts into pixelated fonts for low-res display; and FogLamp, for converting native Fontographer files into modern formats.
- FontLab (also FontLab Studio for version 5) — font editor for professional type designers.
- Fontographer — font editor for graphic designers, artists, publishers
- TypeTool — font editor for students, hobbyists, users with minor editing needs
- TransType — font converter for Macintosh and Windows; OpenType, TrueType, web fonts, and PostScript Type 1
- FontLab Pad — Typesetting tool that supports all nascent color font formats.
- BitFonter — bitmap font editor
- TypeTool 3: 28 Mar 2007 (Mac/Win)
- FontLab Studio 5: 12 Dec 2005 (Mac), Nov 2005 (Win)
- FontLab 4: 3 Dec 2001 (Win)
- FontLab 3: 1 June 1998 (Win), 1 April 1999 (Mac)
- TypeTool: 8 Aug 1997 (Win)
- AsiaFont Studio (formerly FontLab Composer) — font editor for professional typeface designers of CJK fonts, or other fonts with exceptionally large glyph counts. Its functions were rolled into FontLab Studio 5.1 and higher.
- Photofont — a technology/format for creating bitmap fonts with color, texture and transparency and using them in page layout and website design
- SigMaker — a simple utility for adding a single character to a TrueType font
- FONmaker — a font converter that makes bitmap fonts from TrueType fonts
- FontFlasher — a font converter that optimizes fonts for display at small sizes and low resolution
- FogLamp — a font converter that converts Fontographer .fog files into several different modern formats
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FontLab Studio 220.127.116.1114 | ЛЕГИОН.netFontLab Studio 18.104.22.16814 – это профессиональный редактор шрифтов. Программа позволяет профессионально создавать высококачественные шрифты и используется большинством дизайнеров, типографами, графическими студиями и всеми теми людьми и компаниями, чья работа профессионально связана с шрифтами, т.к. позволяет им полностью создавать или редактировать собственные шрифты в различных форматах. Программой поддерживается большое количество форматов шрифтов, включая OpenType, TrueType, ASCII/Unix Type 1, TrueType AAT, Mac TrueType и другие. Также программа позволяет импортировать векторные шрифты, созданные в программе Adobe Illustrator формата AI, EPS, а также в форматах TIFF и BMP. В программе имеются встроенные посмотрщик и редактор шрифтов, имеется возможность использования большого количества инструментов и фильтров, имеется поддержка Юникода и множество других возможностей. Новые инструменты позволяют дизайнеру шрифтов видеть глифы не только в горизонтальной строке и на настоящей двухмерной странице. В 5-й версии улучшены чертёжные инструментальные средства Безье, интегрированное автоматическое преобразование, слияние и смешивание шрифтов, улучшена поддержка OpenType и Юникода, расширена авто подсказка. Скачать программу можно по прямой ссылке (с облака) внизу страницы. Основные возможности программы FontLab Studio:
- Редактирование шрифтов формата Type 1 и TrueType.
- Генерация Windows Type 1 и OpenType PS.
- Функция редактирования OpenType.
- Поддержка Арабских и Еврейских (Иврита) языков.
- Импорт изображений формата BMP, TIFF и EPS.
- Редактирование импортированных изображений.
- Инструменты векторного рисования.
- Пакетная трансформация символов.
- Программируемая трансформация шрифтов.
- Размещение символов с помощью функции drag and drop.
- Редактируемые кодовые страницы и кодировки.
- Использование шаблонов кодировок.
- Редактирование Cmap файлов.
- Более 200 уровней отмены и повтора действий.
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Python in FontLab Studio
FontLab Studio 5.1.5 for Mac OS X
FontLab Studio 5.1.5 for Mac OS X works with Python 2.7 (in 32-bit mode) that comes pre-installed with Mac OS X 10.7 and newer, it uses Python 2.7. On older OS X versions (10.5 and 10.6) you need to install Python 2.7 separately. Download the latest version, currently 2.7.10.
Note: FontLab Studio 5.0.4 for Mac OS X 10.6 and older (a PowerPC app) works only with Python 2.3.
FontLab Studio 5.2.2 for Windows
FontLab Studio 5.2.2 for Windows works with a 32-bit version of Python 2.7. Even if you use a 64-bit version of Windows, you need to download and install the 32-bit version of Python 2.7.x for Windows.
- Download the latest 32-but version of Python 2.7 for Windows, currently 2.7.10.
- Run the setup.
- We also recommend that you download and install the Python for Windows extensions. Remember to pick the version that matches your Python version.
- Visit python.org to download additional modules and documentation.
Note: the old FontLab Studio 5.0.4 for Windows works only with Python 2.4.
How FontLab applications use the Python macro language - and some useful scripts
The Python macro language is a really powerful tool that can save you loads of time in performing tedious tasks. Need to add a bevel to all the characters in your font? A Python macro can do it in a flash. Want to rename all your fonts to add your foundry intials? Do the whole library in seconds with a macro. Got an idea for a new FontLab tool? Write it in Python and add it to the FontLab menus.
The Unofficial FontLab/Python API Reference documents the FontLab/Python scripting API
FontLab Scripting described at Wikibooks
FontLab Macro Setup at Wikibooks
RoboFab extensive documentation
Useful Python-based Software
Note: Installation instructions
Please refer to our Python FAQ entry for detailed instructions (valid as of 2014) on how to install RoboFab, fontTools, dialogKit and Vanilla in FontLab Studio 5.1.x/5.2.x.
- RoboFab by Tal Leming, Erik van Blokland and Just van RossumPython library that provides an independent font development environment that integrates with FontLab Studio and can be used for font, glyph and metrics manipulation. Free for Mac OS X and Windows. RoboFab requires NumPy (Mac installer on PythonMac) and FontTools TTX.
- FontTools TTX by Just van Rossum& Behdad Esfahbod. Low-level OpenType table editing package written purely in Python. Free for Mac OS X and Windows.
- Adobe FDK for OpenType (AFDKO) by Adobe SystemsSet of high-quality OpenType conversion, editing, production and quality assurance tools, partly written in Python and integrated with FontLab Studio. Free for Mac OS X and Windows.
- FontQA by FontShop InternationalFont quality assurance framework and test suite for FontLab Studio written in Python and published by FontShop International, allows performing consistency checks across fonts within a font family. Free for Mac OS X and Windows.
- Autopsy by YanoneA FontLab Studio add-on written in Python for analyzing design consistency across multiple fonts. It visualizes a selection of letters side by side and puts it into a PDF for visual comparison. If visual comparison isn't enough for you, it dissects what's there and what's not and puts that into simple graphs. Free, for Mac OS X and Windows. Requires ReportLab.
- FeatureProof by Tal LemingFeatureProof is an application for testing built on top of Compositor that makes it easy for type designers to test OpenType Layout features in fonts. Free for Mac OS X.
- Font Remix Tools by Just Another FoundryA set of plug-ins for FontLab Studio written in Python that allow scaling of glyphs without affecting the stroke weight.Free for non-commercial use, licenses 99-396 EUR, for Mac OS X and Windows. a set of plug-ins for FontLab Studio, that allow scaling of glyphs without affecting the stroke weight. They allow to:
- tune the width, height and weight ofsingle letters interactively
- automatically generate small caps
- generate superiors, inferiors, numerators and denominators
- create true condensed and extended versions
- generate tabular figures with only a couple of clicks
- slant glyphs while keeping vertical tangents straight
- Superpolator by Erik van BloklandProfessional typedesign is complex enough as it is: Superpolator breaks free from the conceptual constraints of Multiple Master: work with any number of axes, insert masters where you need them and define, generate all the weights you want. Glyph specific axes, split locations, intermediates, powerful extrapolation. Licenses 250 EUR and up, for Mac OS X. Requires RoboFab.
- PixelBrush by Gustavo FerreiraA simple tool to draw outline pixel fonts in FontLab Studio. Free for Mac OS X and Windows.
- Compositor by Tal LemingAn OpenType Layout engine. Free for Mac OS X and Windows.
- feaTools by Tal LemingA collection of tools for working with OpenType Layout feature definition source files in AFDKO .fea format. Free for Mac OS X and Windows.
- Scripts and tools by Tal LemingA collection of useful FontLab Studio scripts and Python tools. Free for Mac OS X and Windows.
- dialogKit A humane way to build interfaces in FontLab.
- fontAppTools A small collection of tools useful in font editing applications.
- fontMath A collection of objects that implement fast font and glyph math.
- defcon A set of UFO based objects for use in font editing applications.
- defconAppKit A collection of Vanilla objects for use in font editing applications.
- Scripts by Typo.czTwo sets of macros for FontLab Studio by Typo.cz (Filip Blazek), written in Python. Both sets contain some handy scripts for relabelling of glyphs and for control of the process. The macros will be available near the end of 2008.
- OpenType features set automates generating of special OpenType functions.
- OpenType kerning simplifies the setting of kerning pairs for accented characters.
- Scripts by Ben Kiel. Free for Mac OS X and Windows, optional donation.
- placeAnchor will place anchors on selected glyphs with a name and height of your choosing.
- removeAnchors and removeSelectedAnchors remove either all the anchors from a font or the anchors on selected glyphs in a font.
- buildAccents will build accented characters from glyphs which have anchors.
- betterGenerateFont will make a copy of the font you are working on, remove its overlaps and decompose its characters, then give you the choice of font type to generate.
- Guidelines show how one can add and remove guidelines to a vfb file.
- copySidebearings will copy the sidebearing values from one vfb to another. copySidebearingsToMaster will copy the sidebearings from a font to a specified master in a MM vfb.
- multipleMasterTools will quickly generate any number of instances of a MM face, either as font files or vfb files (or both).
- SVH Helper Script for RoboFab by Brook ElgiePython script that integrates SVN version control with RoboFab. Free for Mac OS X and Windows.
- RemoteTCP for RoboFab and FontLab by William LambertaRemoteTCP is a cross-platform implementation of the RoboFab Remote package that allows FontLab to respond to calls from other applications over a network connection.
- Python Imaging Library by PythonwareEssential image processing package for Python. Free for Mac OS X and Windows. Mac installer on PythonMac. Windows installer on Pythonware.
- FontLab on Steroids macros by Adam TwardochScript for FontLab Studio written in Python, includes Rename glyphs by scheme macro. Free for Mac OS X and Windows.
- Outline Font by Roger Dawkins Macro to create an outline version of a font: development, script.
- Special Effects by Vince Fitter Some nice little macros for special effects: Windows version, Macintosh version
- Scripts by Christian Robertson
- Corner Mitring - subtly mitres any extra sharp corners that are created when removing overlaps.
- "Build" scripts - used to assemble font from components.
- Interpolated Nudge - simply moves control points proportionally with the anchor points.
- Auto Add Anchors - adds anchors to the tops/bottoms of common letters.
Python is an interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming language. It is often compared to Tcl, Perl, Scheme or Java. Originally developed by Guido van Rossum in 1990 it is an open source language and has gained popularity rapidly. For this reason we chose it as the scripting language for FontLab 4 macros.
www.python.org is the official Python website
Python Books and Resources:
Macro Programming, FontLab Studio manual
Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner
FontLab Scripting discussion list
The Python Bookstore
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By Thomas Phinney on 2017-09-26 in FontLab Software, FontLab Studio 5, FontLab VI, TransType
Until further notice, we recommend FontLab Studio 5, TypeTool 3 and TransType Pro 3 users consider the issues below before they update to macOS 10.13 “High Sierra.” People using axis-based (Multiple Master) type design in FontLab Studio 5 should not upgrade at this time.
Fontographer 5, TransType 4 and FontLab VI have no issues particular to High Sierra that we know of.
We will update this notice with more details as they become available.
- Older versions of FontLab Studio (5.1.4 and earlier) and TransType Pro 3 cannot be installed on High Sierra. If installed, they cannot launch on High Sierra.
- If installed prior to High Sierra upgrade, you will see this error message:
- “Error while writing license file /Library/Preferences/[name of license file]. Please make sure that you have rights to write to the folder and that such a file doesn’t already exist. Otherwise your license will be lost but your Activation key will be marked as used.”
- In installed fresh after High Sierra upgrade (or if the license file is removed), you will see this error message:
- “Error initializing license system. Bad or missing or expired RLM license (-130)…”
- If installed prior to High Sierra upgrade, you will see this error message:
- The solutions are to install Fontlab Studio 5.1.5 (a free update for 5.0/5.1.x), or upgrade from TransType 3 to TransType 4
- For FontLab Studio, be aware also of issues below!
- FontLab Studio 5.1.5 and TypeTool 3.1.2 are affected
- The problems occur only on macOS 10.13 “High Sierra”
- In the Font Window, copy/pasting or appending glyphs does not work normally
- The “paste” and “append glyph” options are grayed out (even after you “copy”), and the corresponding keyboard shortcuts also don’t work.
- There is a good workaround, below.
- Within a Glyph Window, copy/paste of contours is broken for multiple-master (MM) fonts—only one master gets copied and pasted.
- Single-master fonts do fine with copy/paste within the Glyph Window.
- There is currently no reasonable workaround for this problem!
We do not currently have any ETA on a true fix, nor any solution for MM font editing. However, this is a decent workaround for the first problem:
To copy one or more glyphs in the Font Window:
- select the cell(s)
- click and drag the cell(s) to their destination, but do not let go of the mouse button
- Now press the Command key, and keep it pressed while you let go of the button
This works within a Font Window, or between two Font Windows.
You can let go in any empty slot. If no empty slot is available, let go in an occupied slot. You will get a dialog asking if you want to replace the glyph(s). If you say “no,” then the glyph(s) will be appended to the font instead.
Last update: Fri 6 Oct 2017, 10:16 pm PST, v 3.04
By Thomas Phinney on 2015-11-30 in FontLab Studio 5
UPDATE: This sale was Nov 31 – Dec 1, 2015. Sorry you missed it!
Yes, as a Cyber Monday special, we just marked down our flagship program, FontLab Studio 5. Regular price is US $649, now $324.50. Student/teacher pricing is also halved: regular US $325, now $162.50. Upgrades to FLS 5 from older/other Fo