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UPDATED on December 5, 2013!

Introducing TransType 4 pre-sales for Mac OS X and Windows

Due to the popular demand, we’re introducing the pre-sales for TransType 4 for both Mac OS X and Windows. If you’re interested in purchasing TransType 4 now, please follow the instructions below.

Download TransType 4 for Mac and Windows

Trial mode
If you hadn’t installed TransType 4 before, you can download it and use it in trial mode for 7 days (without any functional limits). After the trial period has expired, you need to purchase a license.

Download TransType 4 pre-sales versions for Mac OS X and Windows

> Download TransType 4 for Mac OS X
Pre-sales build 5081 for Mac OS X 10.6.8 and newer, compatible with Mac OS X 10.9

> Download TransType 4 for Windows
Pre-sales build 5081 for Windows XP and newer, compatible with Windows 8.1.

> Download TransType 4 manual
Draft user’s manual (PDF)

Known issues
This product is still of pre-release quality. If you discover any problems, please report them to this forum thread.
The Mac OS X version is very close to release quality, all key functionalities work correctly.
The Windows version is more behind. Please disregard the automatic update notification, it is not yet functional. Also, elements of the user interface are misplaced if your Windows display settings are set to "Large fonts" or any other non-standard DPI setting. Please set your Windows to 96 dpi (or "Smaller" or "100%") in Control Panel / Display. We’re working on fixing this problem in a later build. 

Buy TransType 4 (US$ 97, upgrade US$ 39)

New cross-platform license
TransType 4 has a new license: the standard license is for a single user and allows you to install the software on a maximum of three devices (computers). The same license and serial number works in both the Mac OS X and the Windows version of TransType 4 — i.e. as a single user, you can purchase TransType 4 once, and with your serial number you can install the app on, for example, one Mac computer and one Windows computer (no more than three devices in total).

Prices: US$ 97, upgrade US$ 39
The full cross-platform single-user license of TransType 4 costs US$ 97. Upgrades from any previous version of TransType, TransType SE or TransType Pro cost US$ 39.

Note: during the pre-sales, the orders will be processed manually, so the processing may take several days.

Buy full license at US$ 97
To purchase a full cross-platform single-user TransType 4 license at US$ 97, please send an e-mail to orders@fontlab.com with the subject line TransType 4 pre-sales. In the body of the e-mail, give your name, company name and address.

Our sales representative will contact you with information on payment processing etc. After the payment is received, we will send you your serial number which you can use to register your copy of TransType 4. The same serial number will continue to work with the final release version of TransType 4 for both Mac OS X and Windows.

Buy upgrade license at US$ 39
To upgrade any previous version of TransType to a new cross-platform single-user TransType 4 license at US$ 39, please send an e-mail to orders@fontlab.com with the subject line TransType 4 pre-sales upgrade. In the body of the e-mail, give your name, company name, address and your old TransType serial number.

Our sales representative will verify your upgrade eligibility and will contact you with information on payment processing etc. After the payment is received, we will send you your serial number which you can use to register your copy of TransType 4. The same serial number will continue to work with the final release version of TransType 4 for both Mac OS X and Windows.

Why TransType 4?



Convert fonts with ease

TransType had its start in the days of the ‘font wars’ — when the manufacturers of operating systems were battling it out over font formats. Anyone who worked with fonts needed TransType’s quick and easy conversions between the different formats and platforms. Meanwhile, OpenType has established itself as the font format of choice on desktop computers.

But we have new font formats which are used on the web (WOFF, EOT, SVG), and by font developers (UFO, VFB), so the need for conversion tools is just as strong. It still does matter whether the OpenType font exists in the PostScript or in the TrueType flavor (OTF or TTF). Also, a number of legacy PostScript Type 1 fonts still exists, which makes it difficult to move documents between Mac OS X and Windows. TransType 4 supports all these formats (new and old), and makes font conversion between them easier than ever before.

Reduce problems with font family organization

One of the greatest hassles of converting fonts between platforms has always been the incompatible font family structures and naming systems on different operating systems. As a result of this, fonts have about a dozen of different naming fields and settings which control how they appear in the applications’ font menus. Making sure that these fields follow the various specs and guidelines set up by OS and app vendors, and that they’re consistent within a font family, has always been a nightmare for font vendors, and especially for font hobbyists and beginner type designers.

TransType 4 is the first application on the market that virtually eliminates this problem by introducing a revolutionary, intuitive visual approach to font family management. All you need to do is tell TransType to optimize the styling, and all fonts will be neatly arranged within the family. To make corrections, drag-and-drop a few font thumbnails, or click-and-edit one or two text fields — and your fonts are guaranteed to work cross-platform.

The time required to turn any type design project (in VFB or UFO format) or any existing desktop fonts into a font family that works across all operating systems and all web browsers — with TransType 4, it’s literally reduced from hours to minutes.

Be more creative with fonts

But fonts are not just about work and hassle — they’re primarily about fun and creativity. So TransType 4 includes a number of sophisticated filters, which can be used to change the font’s appearance. Some are purely functional. The Blend filter allows the user to take any two fonts, and create a new font that looks like a bit of both — perfect for making a Medium weight in a family where the Regular is too thin, and the Bold is too dark. The Tracking filter simply adds or removes space between characters and ‘hardwires’ the changes into a new font. Other filters are much more experimental — Blur or Distort will add a grunge look to the most ‘corporate’ sanserif, while Round will add warmth to the coolest ‘techno’ letterform by softening its hard corners. The Filters are not a replacement for a professional type designer’s work, but they’re fun to use.

What TransType 4 does for you

For font foundries or type designers who enjoy the creative process of designing a typeface, and want to produce OpenType fonts or webfonts, but do not want to be bothered with font format technicalities — TransType 4 is a perfect companion for their font editor, whether they’re using FontLab Studio, Fontographer, TypeTool, or one of the editors that support the UFO format (such as RoboFont, Glyphs or FontForge).

For professional graphic designers and art directors — TransType 4 can help them experiment with their typeface collection, but customizing a font’s weight, adjusting the slant angle or permanently modifying the font’s tracking.

For regular font users — if they’re troubled with platform and application incompatibilities, TransType 4 can fix these problems; and if they’re just bored with the fonts they have, they can try making some new with more pizazz.

Important note about intellectual property

Please note that many font foundries do not allow modification of their original font files, or distribution of such modified fonts, so users should consult the font’s End-User License Agreement before using it in TransType.
« Last Edit: 2013-12-25, 11:23:58 by Alex Petrov (FontLab) »
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Ps. Please share your quotes about TransType 4 with us!
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Hey Adam,

I successfully downloaded and installed the pre-sales version of TransType 4.

However, on attempting to launch the application, it crashes immediately. Doesn't get to the point of opening a window, just says "The application TransType4 quit unexpectedly..."

I am running Mac OSX 10.5.8

Please advise if there is a workaround.

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Delve,

admittedly, we haven't tested it on Mac OS X 10.5. It's most likely that TransType 4 requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher.

Adam
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Is there a discount for FLS5 owners?
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Regretfully, discounts are only available for owners of previous TransType licenses.
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Hi Adam,

I understand. Please let me know if you do discover a quick fix for that issue. In the meantime, perhaps change the system requirements listed under the Mac download link in the post to reflect that it is 10.6 and newer instead.

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The GUI is nice.. I have yet to try it with a whole list of fonts though to see how it performs..

I have a complaint though; the conversion to WOFF is too simple as it is.. it's just a 1:1 conversion which is not really desired in more than a few cases imho. No subsetting or choice of OT feature export?

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AFAIK all extended features are left for the future Pro version.

PS. And do not try convert all the fonts sitting in your system at a time  ;)
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TransType 4.0.0 tell me, that update available :)

with this URL
Code: [Select]
http://you.com/app/Your Great App 2.0 Windows.zip
and question: I'm tried to generate font files from VFB and result is no files :)

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Don't believe it. Update notifications are not real yet. :)

The Mac version? What was your destination path? Try changing the dest folder name.
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Quote
Don't believe it. Update notifications are not real yet.
Screenshot http://www.flickr.com/photos/4thfebruary/9516509526/
run on Windows XP SP3

и так и не увидел результата по генерации шрифтов из VFB через ТрансТайп. или это будет только в Про версии?

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Screenshot http://www.flickr.com/photos/4thfebruary/9516509526/
run on Windows XP SP3
Я имел в виду, что это фейковая затычка. На самом деле нет пока никаких апдейтов.
и так и не увидел результата по генерации шрифтов из VFB через ТрансТайп. или это будет только в Про версии?
Ну, он открывает VFB по крайней мере? А что дальше говорит?
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UPDATED on July 12, 2013!

Introducing TransType 4 pre-sales for Mac OS X and Windows

I am looking forward to the next build of this program. Batch conversion with the 3.x TransType can be tedious at times. When the program finds a font it doesn't like converting, it will at times freeze up so bad that it has to shut down inside task manager and then you get to guess at what fonts were converted and what ones weren't. While this might not be as much of a problem if you did smaller amounts of fonts at one time, that defeats the purpose of the batch conversion program relating to time issues. I also am intrigued by the blending function.

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I have just received the announcement that TransType is in final release mode.  Does this mean that there is a new release revision that you call "Final"?  For those of us who purchased the "Pre-release" license, is there a latest rev file that we need to upgrade to? I currently am using build 5029.
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