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Principles of type design / Re: Making the smart quotes work
« Last post by Franfonter on 2014-04-15, 11:00:49 »
Hi there,

I am currently building custom photofonts and have come up against the same issue. This thread has been useful so in pointing out the problem I am having, that being smart and dumb quotes. I need to activate the smart quote (quotedblleft), but can't quite figure it out.

In the end, did anybody ever crack this nut? What came of this topic?

FontLab Studio / Re: UPM help
« Last post by fontgeek on 2014-04-12, 20:18:34 »
Did you look at what the values are in the existing font?   You might look to see how their spacing is both vertically and horizontally, and what the relation ship is between them.
From what I am seeing, you are showing us a narrower space rather than having it, the space, being the same width as the rest of the glyphs.   In the end, I would think that it's not really how these appear when they are highlighted so much as it is when they are actually used in a printed or digital document.
I'll be curious to hear answers regarding this issue.
FontLab Studio / Re: Multi-Color Fonts with FontLab
« Last post by fontgeek on 2014-04-12, 20:05:45 »
I'm a bit confused here.
I just received an email from you guys about an upcoming webinar (April 22,2014) on producing multi-color fonts using Fontlab Studio 5, TransType 4, or BitFonter, and here, you are telling me that Fontlab Studio doesn't currently have this capacity.  So which is it, does or doesn't Fontlab Studio have this capacity?
I have Fontlab Studio V5.0.4.
BitFonter / Anybody ever see a glyph delete the image within?
« Last post by Franfonter on 2014-04-07, 20:17:36 »
Hi all,
(first post here)

I was building out a brb file and had built up my entire alphabet. Satisfied with the results, I saved it off as as a phf. This was lucky because when I opened the brb again the letters G and K were gone; lucky because the phf file has not lost the G and K, for whatever reason and I at least have something to show for my efforts. Anyway, the letters were not entirely gone: the glyphs were still technically represented, but the art was either deleted or invisible or...something. Anyway, the cell was effectively empty.

I tried many fixes. All of these attempts include saving, closing and reopening (and I tried closing Bitfonter all the way and even restarted VMware), whereupon the glyphs were empty once again:
-pasting the artwork back in
-deleting the glyph entirely and pasting the artwork back in
-checking the radio button in Tools/Options/Image to Font Conversion and trying the two previous gambits again, separately
-pasting the letter G artwork into a random glyph! I chose the number 6; why not? Once again, it disappeared when reopened
-i copied the letter H into the letter G. Saved, closed and reopened. The H persisted! A good sign. But...when I pasted in the G artwork in over the H, saved, closed, and reopened, the G was once again blank. Drat!

Has anyone ever experienced this problem?

Thanks in advance for your time!

ScanFont / Re: Separating of Glyphs with Scanfont 5
« Last post by Blueman on 2014-04-02, 17:41:11 »
Ok. For whatever reason...the problem is back. Tried the same approach with the lower case letters and now I am seeing the same thing. When I go to separate my characters out, ScanFont will only separate rows of characters, not individual characters. My spacing between characters looks good.

Anyone have a suggestion?


I have an Illustrator (or PDF) file of someones handwriting I want converted to a font.

I know there are many "free font from handwriting" services online, but I think I want something a bit better quality.

I'll need several fonts I need produced.

1. Set one. All caps and lower case. Total 52 characters plus basic punctuation.

2. Set two. All small caps (looks like caps but just a bit bigger than lower case). Total 26 characters.

3.  Set three. Lower case. A different version of the lower case letters. Total 26 characters.

**No numbers or special symbols needed for any of the above***

I'll have the final files ready Monday the 7th or April and I need it done in 2-3 days. the sooner the better.

Let me know what you would charge. Please email me at the address below - not on the forum as I won't be checking it.



ScanFont / Re: Separating of Glyphs with Scanfont 5
« Last post by Blueman on 2014-04-02, 11:29:32 »


For the record... in case someone else runs into this problem it was the file size. I rescanned at a lower DPI (300) and reduced the file size even further in photoshop.

Once I was able to get the file under 200K ScanFont was able to separate my characters perfectly.

ScanFont / Separating of Glyphs with Scanfont 5
« Last post by Blueman on 2014-04-01, 13:31:38 »

I have scanned my font into my computer and have successfully opened it in ScanFont. I believe the next step is to separate my characters into individual glyphs. I am using the Book Smart method to separate my characters, but after I hit OK I see that ScanFont has only separated my characters into rows. For example the 1st row has the characters a b c d e f g h i j k l, the 2nd row n o p q r s t u v etc....

Obviously this is not what I was intended. Does anyone know why this would happen and how to get around this issue.

Also... what it the maximum file size that can be worked with in ScanFont? The file size for my upper case letters on one scanned sheet is 2mb and my lower case letters image is 2.7mb. Is that too large a file size to get full functionality from the software?



two possibilities:

1. A glyph named "Aacute" already exists in the font (do Edit / Find).
2. Somehow FLS cannot recognize the location or contents of the "alias.dat" file which contains the glyph composition recipes.
I'd already gotten rid of the split kern classes. In order to send to a sample vfb, I added the split kerns, now the problem has gone away. I'n not sure what the problem was but it seems okay now. Thanks for getting back to me quickly, I appreciate it.
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