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I am curious about the limits of fontlab, if there are technical boundaries I suppose. I am working on some font projects that are super complex– I don't think there are any glyphs that have less than a few thousand nodes, many are 10,000+ At this point I have about 33 glyph cells filled, but I was hoping to potentially do hundreds (at least the most basic roman set, but with extensive OT substitutions).
The problem is though that fontlab crashes when importing some of the images (from illustrator), but generally if I can cut down on the number of nodes it works. However, generating the font files never works. Fontlab crashes instantly with any setting. I saw at this thread http://typophile.com/node/4173 that turing off the compressing subroutines could help, but no luck for me.
Is this simply an issue of too complex designs? I have already oversimplified these images more than I originally hoped and even if I could simplify them further, I still don't have as much in here as I want. Maybe there is something else going on unrelated to the number of nodes.
Thanks for the help.