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Thomas Phinney

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  • With regards to (2), that would be fairly easily scripted in FontLab (or any of the major font editing apps)
  • With regards to (2), that's easily done with Python scripting in FontLab—or any of the major font editing apps.
  • My very first font was this attempt at cross-breeding Gill Sans and Optima. It sort of worked, except the dreadful cap M. I knew the M was awful but didn't know what to do about it. ooh, and that s! I fixed the cap S at some point, but the lowerca…
  • It originally had a larger UPM, I think 1000, and set much smaller, in OS X 10.0. It has been sized relative to the caps, including swashy ones, and thus had a tiny x-height compared to other fonts at a given point size. I guess this confused some …
  • 400? I remember 300, 1200, 2400, 9600, 14.4K and 28.8K....
  • Ori Ben-Dor said: Did you mean .otf fonts with *TT* outlines are nearly nonexistent? Gah! Yes that is indeed what I meant! I hate the 4-hour limit on editing. Also I hate that I can’t disagree with my own post.   Can some helpful mod…
  • Adam Twardoch wrote up an excellent explanation here: https://forum.fontlab.com/fontlab-studio-tips-and-tricks/font-family-naming-in-fontlab-studio-5/msg841/#msg841 Although the process is specific to FontLab Studio 5, the underlying principles are…
  • Hrant H. Papazian said: Unless you have a good reason to not use 1000, use 1000, since some software still assumes it. The assumption is that fonts with PostScript outlines (Type 1 or OpenType CFF/.otf) will have a 1000-unit em, and fo…
  • I have been full-time in my home office setup for three years now. Although it has some minor drawbacks as well, overall it is wonderful.    I get more time with my wife and family this way. One thing nobody has mentioned: hardware reduction. When …
  • It is probably worth mentioning that although technically an .otf file can have either TrueType or PostScript style (CFF) outlines, in general use .otf fonts with PS outlines are pretty nearly nonexistent. I am not sure I have ever seen one, other t…
  • John Savard said: Obviously, the individual letters must be important; if one takes a sample of English text, and blurs it so that only the bouma is visible, it becomes unreadable. But it's also true that lower-case reads better than upper-case, d…
  • Mark, I will see what I can do for you there.
  • > IIRC, the ScanFont utility has been integrated into the new FLVI app. That is correct. It has not been well documented or hammered on by users much, so it is not well worked out, yet. But the initial integration is done.
  • Feel free to correct me if I am wrong, but I just wanted to make a “short version”: It is not “free” for a Windows app to support color fonts. Not only must it handle several very different types of data being returned, but it must also handle rend…
  • Huh. It's been over a decade, and now I can't recall if that longer French apostrophe in Hypatia was a deliberate choice—but I think it might just be a bug. I believe I recall changing the length of the default apostrophe, it could be the French var…
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  • Sure. Although... that was glyph count in an entire library. The numbers are probably distorted by a few fonts with massive numbers of discretionary goodies. The average % of discretionary glyphs per font will be considerably higher than the median …
  • Hmmm. I would be inclined to use the taller of ascender or cap height for that purpose. That said, I would *love* to hear in what obscure things/places you and your customers encountered problems, after you stuck with the literal typo values in the…
  • The top counter of the B should be noticeably smaller than the bottom one.
  • peter sikking said: I would be very happy to also design vari-font reference UI. I do not see so much overlap/synergy with the discretionary OpenType features so it makes the design project simply longer. not twice as long, because vari-fonts …
  • Peter: Ah. It was not clear to me from your initial post (and discussion in the thread) that this is what you were up to. So, you want to convince the same people who make the fonts to contribute, separately, to a reference UI implementation? I th…
  • I hate to say this, but I do not see at all why the effort of type designers will have any impact on support from apps. Software product managers are much more interested in what their users want, and also in this case what proportion of the fonts t…
  • Yes, and the AGLFN does that because there are still chunks of OS machinery and other things that do that. A common glyph name for the increment symbol is in fact /Delta. You can manually override this in FontLab Studio (or FontLab VI) if you like,…
  • The unconventional w is not a bad thing in and of itself, but its low contrast and major white space belong in a different typeface than the one it is in. It doesn't fit with the rest.
  • I tend to think of Adobe’s bundling, and their price drops, as a response to Corel and Microsoft. Corel started bundling 830 fonts with CorelDraw in 1990. Adobe had their own discounted “Type Sets” collections as early as the summer of 1991, follow…
  • Ray Larabie said: I don't know if it's really a race to the bottom unless we're sacrificing quality on the way. If I sell a typeface family for $100 to 10 people, $10 to 100 people or $1 to 1000 people, it doesn't make me want to make me cut co…
  • Yes, just so. Those slots correspond to Name ID 16 and 17 (unless they happen to be the same as 1 and 2, in which case 16 and 17 could be omitted). Note: I don't recommend using non-ASCII characters in font names or styles. So Mediaeval is OK, but …
  • In a font (TrueType or OpenType), there are several different sets of data for the family and style. Different environments use different name data. So, for legacy Windows environments (including older versions of MS Office), you must use a family …
  • Adam Ladd said: I’d be curious what the results might be if retailers set a max limit for how much of a discount could be offered (e.g. 50% is the largest, no discounts above that [90%, etc.]).... I suppose a key would be that this limited-d…