Font Design and Editing Software

Date: 
01-16-2013

Hello world! Here again with another of my notes regarding to my new venture in the field of typography, typeface or font design, as you prefer to call it. This time I will share a list of font design and editing software, which in my humble opinion are useful for creating and selling typographical products and services. Straight to the point, here they are in no specific order.

Font Forge (Linux - Mac - Windows)

Their Description: FontForge -- An outline font editor that lets you create your own postscript, truetype, opentype, cid-keyed, multi-master, cff, svg and bitmap (bdf, FON, NFNT) fonts, or edit existing ones. Also lets you convert one format to another. FontForge has support for many macintosh font formats.

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Font Creator (Windows Only)

Their Description:FontCreator is the world's most popular font editor. An advanced feature set makes it the tool of choice for professionals, and its intuitive interface is straightforward enough for users at any expertise level. Create your own fonts, redesign existing characters, edit the spacing in font sets, and much more.

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Font Lab Studio (Mac - Windows)

FontLab Studio 5 is our next-generation professional font editor for Mac and Windows. Used by Adobe, Apple, Bitstream, IBM, Linotype, 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 supports all major outline font formats, including Type 1, TrueType, Multiple Master and OpenType.

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Type 3.2 (Linux - Mac - Windows)

Their Description: If you are designing or editing fonts, then you want software that is compatible with the latest font technologies. Type 3.2 provides you with an easy to use and effective solution for creating, editing and converting fonts.

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 Fontographer (Mac - Windows)

Their Description: Easy yet powerful font editor. With Fontographer, it's easy to design new typefaces and to customize existing fonts, and the result will be high-quality fonts that can reliably work across different operating systems.

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Type Tool (Mac - Windows)

Their Description: Value priced font editor for light users. TypeTool is our basic font editor for Mac OS and for Windows. For students, hobby typographers and creative professionals who occasionally need to create or customize fonts. Type Tool includes support for OpenType fonts with up to 65,000 glyphs, Unicode 5.0 support, new bitmap Background and outline Mask layers, improved Bézier drawing with open contours and tangent points, multi-line metrics and kerning editing, superb screen quality autohinting, better printouts, and much more.

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 Bit Fonter (Mac - Windows)

Their Description: BitFonter is a professional bitmap font editor for Mac OS X and Windows. It allows creative professionals, web designers and manufacturers of electronic devices to create and modify bitmap fonts for print publications, web pages, animations, computer games and electronic devices, convert between bitmap font formats as well as from and to outline font formats, and apply special effects to your outline fonts when used together with TypeTool, FontLab Studio or AsiaFont Studio.

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Glyphs (Mac Only)

Their Desciption: Glyphs is a smart and simple approach helps you draw new typefaces, modify existing fonts, and sculpt your letterforms hassle-free.

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So that's it, this is my quick list on font design software alternatives. Just for the record, the Font Forge image is the result of my personal customization of the user interface to fit my taste. Font Fonrge interface is really outdated "ugly" but can be easily modified with the X Resource Editor option under the File menu.