Is There An Open-source Fontographer?
Discussion by austiniskoge with 8 Replies.
Last Update: April 8, 2012, 5:46 am
I would like to make my own fonts and edit old ones... however, the software package that contains Fontographer is much too expensive for my budget...
If there is an open source version (any kind of freeware, actually) of this program, please provide me with the link.
I am becoming more and more despondent in my search.
QUOTEFontForge -- An outline font editor that lets you create your own postscript, truetype, opentype, cid-keyed, multi-master, cff, svg and bitmap (bdf, FON, NFNT) fonts, or edit existing ones. Also lets you convert one format to another. FontForge has support for many macintosh font formats.
FontForge's user interface has been localized for: (English), Russian, Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, Vietnamese
Also look here : http://www.google.fr/search?hl=fr&q=%2...oogle&meta=
haha. anyway. The one on Sourceforge looks pretty cool, but is definitely a beta version.
Of course, I could always use a DIY way like this.
I love those hidden things. Not that it's like an Easter Egg or something, just that nobody would've known except for someone who spread it around.
Okay, I checked it out fully, and to run that FontForge thing, you need all kinds of Windows->Unix converting junk. I'm not even sure what... I just gave up after I read that.
Still on the search!
Plus, my internet computer is not my graphics/audio computer, which means I'd have to transfer the files to my other computer by flash drive... BIG pain.
I might end up using this, but I'm on the lookout for something simpler.
You could use FontCreator. It has a 30 day free trial and then for a licence. It is good value for the price and you can try it out at no cost.
-reply by John Dyke
I tried FontForge on an Ubuntu 8.10 (Linux) system about a year ago, sometime around the middle of 2009, and, regrettably, had to uninstall it because it was too buggy. The copy I had was obtained from the Ubuntu software repository and wasn't the "bleeding edge" version, but was supposedly compatible with the Linux kernel for the version of Ubuntu on my machine. It was one of very few Open Source programs that I've run across that would cause memory corruption so severe that the operating system would hang or go unstable. This serious deficiency made the program unusable for my purposes.
I have no experience with the program on anything except Linux, so I can't say if it works any better or worse on Windows or Mac operating systems, and I haven't installed a later version of Ubuntu and FontForge since then to see if the problems have been fixed.-reply by Phil Cooper
I'd like a program to create my fonts, and just have to install that one program for free. Is that really too much to ask for?
My suggestion is to check out some of the font creator software that are capable to run under windows xp. Then use those softwares under wine in linux if you're using linux. Most of the time old windows versions softwares are easy to find and you have plenty of such options for fontforge on alternative.to website. That is the site I usually use for finding the alternative softwares.
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