Another attempt to provide a way to design type using skeletons: https://www.lttrink.com
I haven't tried it yet, partly because I'm not really interested in building letterforms starting from skeletons, but it does look interesting. Anybody tried it yet?
It only works in Glyphs right now, but they are promising support in other font editors.
From the demo, it sure looks like there is a linear price multiplier on the scaling of quantities—which would make me much less excited. That’s exactly one of the key complications I would expect a custom font e-commerce solution to address. But if it is in the pipeline, then great.
The article about LTTR/INK has been recently published on Typeroom. (December 2021)
I also recommend seeing our YouTube channel or Instagram to get your own impression of what is possible with the tool.
1. You can emulate Translation, Contrast and Expansion with the ellipsis shape (more shapes is being researched) plus Rotation.
2. The Stroke Imprint (brush/nib shape) can be changed along the Heartline since every Skeleton segment has independent settings.
3. The export to outlines is pretty clear — not messy vertices along the outline. @jeremy tribby
Those three features are our main advantage from the tools you might have tried or seen yet.
That's why the development was so long and still in progress. We had to literally do research in the computer geometry field. <bragging>I believe even Mr Knuth wouldn’t be ashamed</bragging>
The only concern can be the perfection or smoothness of the emulated stroke shapes. So, in some cases, you have to make corrections to the generated outline. However, no one is expecting the production-ready shapes at this moment.
LTTR/INK for Adobe Illustrator
Is in progress and our plan is to release it in 2022.
LTTR/INK for other tools
1. FontLab 7 — we are not aware of possibilities for plugins. But, we are open to collaboration. Anyone from FontLab here?
2. RoboFont — Return of Investment is quite risky. But, if there is someone who can do plugins for Robofont we are enthusiastic to establish cooperation.