Re: [PPLetterpress] Fontlab
- Fontlab is a wonderful program, and will be even more wonderful when
upgraded to version 4 (which will indeed support OpenType). I used it for
the Founder's Caslon fonts, mentioned recently by Gerald Lange. In terms of
how it compares with Fontographer, specifically for PP-optimising fonts, its
biggest advantage may be that the 'bold' option allows you to alter
horizontal and vertical weight independently.
website: http://www.hwcaslon.com Home of Caslon Old Face, the world's oldest
----- Original Message -----
From: "Harold Kyle" <harold@...>
Sent: Saturday, September 01, 2001 2:57 AM
Subject: [PPLetterpress] Fontlab
> Fontlab was mentioned on this list a week or so ago, and I wondered
> how many people on the list were using it instead of Fontographer
> (which I use). Is anyone here familiar with both programs enough to
> compare their ability to letterpress-optimize digital type? We can
> expect an upgrade with Fontlab, whereas we can't with Fontographe
> (...right?). Are there other advantages? Do any font programs plan to
> offer OpenType support?
> Harold Kyle
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- Dear PPL members
For those of you who do have Fontographer I have put a simple font
modification sequence in Files. I'd also refer you to Stephen Moye's
book Fontographer: Type by Design for more sophisticated approaches to
modifying fonts. This is now out-of-print but occasionally a copy
shows up on the various book dealer lists. I have also put a link to
Fontographer in Bookmarks. If you follow this you will also find a
number of tech tips for using Fontographer.
Having said all this, I too eagerly await the new version of FontLab.
I have the first version for the Mac and it won't run on my computer.
But I have heard great things about it from Justin and others. In that
regard I have also put a link in Bookmarks to the TYPO-L archives
where there was a lengthy discussion regarding the pros and cons of FL