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Adam Twardoch

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  • A different way to implement this would be using classes.  # In the FEA code in the Features panel, the prefix section (in FLS5, bottom-right section, in FLVI top section), define all languagesystems that your font will support, e.g.:   languag…
  • Alex,  will do. Very briefly:  My friend and colleague Botio Nikoltchev has created this guide for implementing Bulgarian "locl" alternates:  https://www.lettersoup.de/what-shall-be-done-for-bulgarian-cyrillic-loclbgr/ To extend this, instea…
  • Well, of course, I'm stupid. If I only want to let the user counteract the effects of locl by using ss04, I could implement the alternates->defaults in a lookup which is only referenced in the cyrl BGR languagesystem for ss04, while for all the o…
  • More generally, the reason to implement the Cyrillic replacement in both “locl” and “ssXX“ features is not just that the stylistic set needs to a fallback choice for apps that don't support localized forms.  The round Cyrillic forms may be the incr…
  • Ps. Of course for Bulgarian Cyrillic forms, an appropriate way to switch them over to the square forms would also be the “hist” (historical forms) feature, but that's another matter entirely.
  • Also, this way, it doesn’t matter which Cyrillic style you put as default and which is activated via automatic localized forms. E.g. Botio Nikoltchev has done some fonts where the round style is default and the square is secondary.  With the met…
  • This might be relevant especially in cases where a certain regional preference or localized form is not supported by “virtually all” users but instead there is some “reformed” vs. “traditional” style, or where a reform was relatively recent and ther…
  • AFAIK, it used to be so that after gridfitting, a monochrome bitmap was always produced, and then filtering/antialiasing happened. But today, this isn't always the case because type rendering often happens in the same pipeline as other vector assets…
  • D. Epar ted said: Waaaait a minute. “But now gridfitting is done differently.” This has always been a three stage process, not two.  I have tried to give a very simplified account of how this works, no accuracy guaranteed. Please feel…
  • Mike Duggan said: just musing, I wonder about the value of the Adobe apps using hinting, when the eventual output is to the Web or print. How much content is consumed in the Apps, InDesign for instance? or is it useful for proofreading?  …
  • There are two fundamental steps to screen type rendering: 1. Gridfitting.  2. Rasterization.  In the first step, the glyph outline is modified (distorted). PostScript hints and TrueType instructions influence that distortion. Simply speaking, vari…
  • To make quick recognition of styles easier, you could use "extra" for weight only (ExtraLight, ExtraBold) and for width, use "ultra" (UltraWide). Or the other way around. 
  • @JoyceKetterer I'll be happy to take a closer look soon! Of course I am a somewhat specific "reviewer" because I happen to have a keen interest in licensing, copyright and law, so I have experience that bars me from being able to take a "fresh" look…
  • One problem I think many font foundries seem to forget is that, no matter how useful and unique they make their own EULA, in the real world, users will use their fonts together with fonts from other vendors. So the complexity is huge. Of course some…
  • Glyph repertoires are "standardized" in a similar way: there is a set of registered Unicode codepoints and a set of registered layout features, and the way how a font fills the combination of those two factors gives users some idea as to what they a…
  • In other words: standardization of the language and vocabulary in font EULAs would be welcome. The EULAs don't need to provide identical rights and restrictions, but the way they provide the rights and restrictions, the way they define the terms, …
  • I agree with Joyce that "selling" fonts forms competition based on the design qualities or glyph complements of the fonts, but also on the licensing terms. If a Futura package from foundry A costs $50 and its EULA permits editable embedding into d…
  • Ps. I personally found the clause in the EULA as published on MyFonts, to put it mildly, unusual and surprising, especially since the main presentation of the font on MyFonts did not feature that restriction. 
  • Here's the information I have gathered by reading some materials posted online:  * Nikolai Sirotkin designed a script font called Taumfel (and several other fonts).  * Mr Sirotkin published a free demo version of the font on his Russian-language blo…
  • John Hudson said: Presumably a layout system would only apply these autokerns at the interfont moments... In a directionally agnostic manner, across run boundaries.  Yes! For example between Latin and Greek letters, where kerning…
  • AbiRasheed said: Is there a way to get the updates without having to download a whole new install? Like an update button that does it on the side and allows you to relaunch the app for the new updates to take effect? This is something th…
  • Beau Williamson said: So, I have a support question to FontLab about not being able to sign in, but I'm not allowed to ask it at FontLab without first signing in. I haven't lost my password, it just stopped working. I asked for a new password, …
  • Nick Cooke said: Why did you have to change the pen tool? It worked perfectly fine in FL5. Now it's a PITA. Takes twice as long to draw anything.  Nick, I would be most interested if you could explain why you prefer the FLS5 Pen over th…
  • We will need to find an icon designer who will take on the task of visualizing all the different operations you can do in FontLab VI. That would be great, actually! 
  • Ramiro Espinoza said: Please, consider adding icons tool bars in the future. I miss them You mean for various menus? 
  • This is not to say we’ll get there overnight. Some might say “a promise to always deliver a new release that fixes any problem overnight or within two days” is unrealistic. Even the actual compilation and building takes time — you’d be surprised. Ne…
  • Also: we’ve been on an agile development path for FontLab VI for a long time now. We didn’t publish the Preview builds too often because there were periods when we’ve done some rewrites and refactoring. But mostly, it’s been bug fixing, which no dou…
  • Here’s our blog announcement about FontLab VI release: http://bit.ly/flvi
  • Ramiro Espinoza said: If I create a bunch of new fonts via CMD+n and the close the program, instead of asking for saving, it crashes. Full error message text sent by email. There will be blood. And updates. 
  • Ramiro Espinoza said: Thanks! Now I like it more Sketchboard is vey useful for making complex lettering works, using glyphs slots for such things in FL5 makes the drawing interface to become unstable. Yes, that was exactly our thinking …