Howdy! This iz my 1st post.
I purchased Studio 5 back in 2007 along with TransType Pro. I intended on creating a bunch of Nooalf fonts, but then got too bizzy with unrelated projects and then ended up buried under the rubble of the economy in 2008. So, all I managed to do was upgrade 1 font, 2NQ4YQ, with alot of help and advice from Mr. Larabie (cant remember his 1st name). I never really got to any level of proficiency with the software. Now I have some spare time and have gotten the upgraded version.
I started with Data Becker's Your Handwriting way back around 2000. It was easy to use, but as you know, didnt do any kerning or hinting, so the fonts I made usually didnt work very well. Letters coud actually pile up on top of each other and leave big blank spaces!
About your question, wprebel, even tho I'm a beginner at this, maybe I have something that can help.
I've been using Photoshop to draw my letters. I use the Magic Wand tool to copy the letter, past it into the glyph window in Studio 5 then use the trace outline function in the Tools menu. It wasn't following the outline very closely, but then I found an adjustment somewhere that controls how close and set it for 'tight' and it looks good now. There was also 'very tight', but my drawings were lumpier than I wanted, so not tracing them exactly did a great job of smoothing them out.
I hope thats helpful for you.
I've just started reading the manual, so it's likely that most of my questions here are going to be pretty lame. If anybody wants to critic my fonts, you can find them at nooalf.com. Theres only 1 there now, but I should have 3 more soon since I can just upgrade the old Data Becker fonts fairly quickly.