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With FontLab (was FontLab Studio), you can create, open, modify, draw, space, kern, hint, and export desktop, web, color, and variable fonts. It is an all-around font editor, but also supports data interchange with other font creation tools, making it easy to integrate into your existing workflows. FontLab brought in the best of their classic apps, FontLab Studio and Fontographer, including many familiar keyboard FontLab shortcuts. But they reconsidered and streamlined every function. You may also like Qbserve
FontLab VI also gives you groundbreaking new drawing tools and responsive contour operations to make your design process easier and more efficient, whether you’re an expert or a beginner. FontLab now supports color and variability, so you can explore these new possibilities and expand your creative reach.
Open and export:
- OpenType-PS/CFF (OTF)
- OpenType TT / TrueType (TTF)
- Variable OpenType TT (TTF+gvar)
- Color OpenType (TTF+SVG, +COLR, +CBDT, +sbix)
- PostScript Type 1 (PFB/PFA)
- Web fonts (WOFF2, WOFF, EOT)
- FontLab (VFB, VFC, VFJ)
- design space
- BitFonter Photofont (PHF+PNG, +SVG)
- Fontographer (FOG)
- and any of the above in ZIP files
Note: VFC and VFJ files saved in FontLab 6.1.3 cannot be opened in FontLab VI 6.1.2 or in earlier versions.
Drawing and editing glyphs
Move nodes or handles with cursor keys after dragging.
Edit Tunni lines more freely with cursor keys.
Make simple calculations in numeric text fields for widths, coordinates etc.
Add nodes or remove nodes, guides, components and kerning pairs using two mouse buttons.
Perform direct non-node segment editing with more precision.
Instantly scale and flip selections with Selection frame.
Easily make slanted glyph guides.
Automatically relocate the first node with Set Start Point.
Use the new Add Nodes action.
Manually add horizontal PostScript ghost hints.
Filter and remove elements in the Gallery panel.
Easily add new elements/components to a group.
Remove or reorder elements/components while in the Font window.
View component index and coordinates.
Copy appearance or element structure when filling a new layer with the content of another font or master.
Metrics, auto layers, and expressions
Update linked metrics and auto layers live or on demand.
Turn auto layers on/off in all masters.
Get the right anchors when decomposing glyphs.
Easily edit glyphs from the Metrics window.
Search for glyphs that contain expressions.
Classes, tags, and features
Import and export classes.
Import features from multiple font formats.
Control what happens when you add glyphs into a kerning class.
Use additional virtual tags.
View tags in Font window cell captions.
Search for partial tags in the Font window.
Use tags and virtual tags in feature definitions.
Save backups in a subfolder.
Save and restore Sketchboard text boxes in VFC/VFJ.
Easily customize font export settings.
Use hyphens in glyph names.
Export single-stroke fonts for engravers and plotters.
Countless improvements in exporting instances, handling OpenType color fonts and UFO packages.
Performance and updates
FontLab opens and saves fonts up to 2× faster and consumes up to 40% less memory.
Decide if you prefer to get stable or beta updates of FontLab VI.
Glyph drawing and editing, Tunni lines, Smart Corners, flattening of compound glyphs, Paste Special, the Mask layer, Element Guides, the Gallery panel, the Font Window, OpenType features, TrueType hinting, Undo, Python and font format support.
OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor