Decompiling OT PS Fonts Prior to Generation from FLAB?

Stuart SandlerStuart Sandler Posts: 276
edited August 2012 in Technique and Theory
Is this still required? Seems like an old long ago thing . . .


  • James PuckettJames Puckett Posts: 1,688
    Has someone written a script that can decompose, remove overlaps, and set path direction 100% reliably?
  • Mark SimonsonMark Simonson Posts: 1,202
    Decompiling? Do you mean decomposing composites? I saw something recently saying it was no longer necessary to decompose composite glyphs in OT PS fonts. Can't remember where. Definitely need to remove overlaps, which would apply to composites as well I presume.
  • Yes, decomposing composite glyphs . . . I didn't know if an 'official' word came down from on high but this is what I was curious about.
  • Mark SimonsonMark Simonson Posts: 1,202
    I think it was someone from Adobe who said it (or rather wrote it). Wish I could remember where I saw it.
  • Nick ShinnNick Shinn Posts: 1,524
    I always do it, because strange things sometimes happen when overlaps are removed, which might occur later on.
  • There's a preference setting that will do this automatically when you generate:

    FL preferences > Generating OpenType & TrueType > OpenType PS (.otf) > Decompose all composites
  • This is the default, no?
  • I have a little FontLab action set for OT-PS that removes all hints, decomposes all composites, and auto-hints. I run it on a temporary file as part of font generation.
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