Fontogapher alternative

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folkert's picture
Joined: 26 Feb 2003 - 7:44am
Fontogapher alternative

Saw people on this board talk about an application that’s a good (or better) alternative to fontographer. can anyone enlighten?

cristian gonzalez's picture
Joined: 26 Nov 2002 - 11:00am

I have been using FontLab 4.1 since a month, and its a pretty good alternative…

allthough i haven’t decifrate some stuff, there are a lot of tool, keyboard shortcuts and operations that are very usefull, besides the visualisation rules


Graham Young's picture
Joined: 28 Feb 2003 - 10:08pm

I made the jump from Fontographer after 6 years to Font Lab primarily for the Mac OSX compatibility. However, I have since found Font Lab to be a far more powerful program but one with a steep learning curve. If for no other reason, try out Font Lab for its OpenType support.

With Macromedia continually referring to a Fontographer update as being “on hold” I felt I had to move on.

I believe Font Lab is still avaialbe to registered users of Fontographer for a significant discount (it was in January when I got mine).

I am in the redraw/metrics stage of my first typeface with Font Lab, so I’m still a newbie with it. Others might have more info.

Nathan Matteson's picture
Joined: 16 Dec 2002 - 11:00am


I’m assuming you have a Mac; but if you happen to have a PC, you should download CrossFont from Acute Systems. That should do the trick.

Grant Hutchinson's picture
Joined: 10 Jun 2002 - 11:00am


The most basic steps for doing this in Fontographer are:

1) Open the PostScript file in Fontographer
2) Import the metrics from either the bitmap suitcase or the AFM file
3) Generate a Windows PostScript file

There may be some changes needed to the font family and style information in order for multiple weights to appear under Windows as a unified family, but this will depend on the typefaces you are working with.

That’s about it, really…

Anonymous's picture
Joined: 6 Mar 2002 - 1:06pm

is there somebody who can help converting a type 1 font (mac) to an type 1 font pc. is this possible with fontographer. what i have to do exactly?

thanks in advance