750Re: [PPLetterpress] Re: Rialto Pressa ink traps
- Jul 18, 2002Gerry
Thanks for the list of font editors. We have been doing some work with
the old URW++
programs that Peter Karow and his programmers devised. (The kerning
program, KERNUS, which is really nice, was used for Justin's Caslon.)
These are now redesigned and marketed as DTL FontMaster (URL on the
resource page you sent). It is being enhanced and will be released in a
couple of weeks. I have never used FontMaster or Fontographer, but I can
say that for manipulating fonts the URW++/DTL tools -- particularly
KernMaster -- might well prove to be useful for people on the list. The
URL is: http://www.fontmaster.nl I believe there are free demo versions
of the software for people to try out. We've been very pleased with the
results of the software. What I like about KERNUS is its facility for
generating different kerning pairs for different point sizes of type. (I
have no connection with the company or with URW++, so this isn't an
The URL for URW++ is now: http://www.urwpp.de/deutsch/home.htm.
A couple of years ago we bought a
Linux version, also, which works well with batch processes.
By coincidence, I wrote to Frank Blokland of DTL two days ago to see
whether they would supply any tools for ink-traps, ala Rialto Pressa, but
unfortunately they haven't yet. According to him, there was software for
automatically generating inktraps at Scanographic around 1991. Has
anyone heard about this? I would think, if there is demand, that DTL
might be persuaded to do some development work.
MetaFont is also worth investigation. It can also be used to fine-tune
the bitmaps of outline fonts, ala Rialto Pressa.
On Wed, 17 Jul 2002, Gerald Lange wrote:
>ken botnick wrote:
>> Which font editing program do you use to create the range of selections?
>I've always used Fontographer. There is a simple sequence on how to do this in
>my monograph Printing Digital Type.
>I did buy a copy of FontLab when it first came out but it didn't work on my
>system. There is a new version out. I think Justin Howes mentioned how to use
>it for this purpose in a very early post here.
>I have a listing of various URLs on font-editing software in the Bookmarks
>section here. Most interesting is Luc Devroye's entire page of links to free
>software and the like from his site Snots & Fonts
>Luc is always most interesting. Well worth a night's entertainment.
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