It's Back! Fontographer Returns in v5

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Today Fontlab Ltd. released version 5 of Fontographer, the font editor for designers and publishers, on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. This version, the first new full-featured font creator in more than a decade, is specifically designed for use in a graphic design and digital publishing workflow, where efficient and powerful font software is needed.

FOG5 - designed for designers

“We’ve created Fontographer 5 with the designer in mind,” said Ted Harrison, president of Fontlab. “FOG 5 provides the designer with easy, intuitive and very efficient drawing tools. It is powered by Fontlab’s mature, state-of-the-art font technology."

Fontographer has been almost completely rewritten, with new features, a new look, and new compatibility. The new design is aimed at making life easier for the graphic designer and desktop publisher, who are constantly under pressure to do more in less time. In this vein, the GUI has been modernized, but functionality like keyboard shortcuts and menu choices have not been changed, so that the learning curve for the new version is short for those already familiar with the product. Similarly, a lot goes on under the hood of Fontographer through automatic defaults, eliminating confusing and time-wasting decisions about technical aspects like encodings and formats. Yet the choices are there if the user needs them.

“Our work on Fontographer 5 was like a restoration of a classic car. We’ve kept the familiar, elegant body that users love, giving it just a subtle facelift. And then, we’ve replaced the old inefficient engine by modern cutting-edge technology. FOG 5 looks smooth and simple, but it rocks hard,” said Adam Twardoch, Fontlab Ltd.’s product and marketing manager.

Twardoch went on to say: “The beauty of Fontographer is that it allows you to concentrate on the creative process of designing a typeface, without being distracted by the technical aspects of font making. FOG users always appreciated the speed, ease and precision in which they could draw Bézier outlines in the product — so we’ve kept the drawing tools and implemented some long-standing feature requests such as a larger zoom level and outline antialiasing. On the other hand, setting technical font parameters such as font naming or linespacing in Fontographer used to be cumbersome and did not consider recent developments such as OpenType — so we’ve redesigned those aspects from scratch with the goal of making them as easy to use as the rest of the product.”

In addition to the previously supported formats such as Type 1, Type 3, Multiple Master and TrueType, Fontographer 5 can now read and generate OpenType fonts in both PostScript (.otf) and TrueType (.ttf) flavors. Combined with greatly improved Unicode compatibility, this makes Fontographer 5 an easy but powerful font editor for the 21st century.

Fonts generated with Fontographer 5 are automatically optimized for the screen using sophisticated “autohinting” algorithms developed by Adobe Systems and Fontlab Ltd. Users can define OpenType Layout features using the Adobe FDK for OpenType syntax, version 2.5. In addition the font generator can now produce fonts with more than 20,000 characters and includes:
    -Copy-paste compatibility with new Illustrator and Freehand versions,
    -Import/Export of FontLab file format,
    -Expanded Unicode and encoding tables,
    -New Glyph searching feature,
    -Accepts most bitmap formats for autotrace

The new, improved Fontographer is available now from Fontlab Ltd. The suggested retail price is US$399. Upgrade for version 4.7 users is US$149 and for version 3.x and 4.1 users is US$199. Free demo versions are available. Please browse to the Fontographer web page for details.

Press contact:
Ted Harrison
Victoria, BC, Canada



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