No OT features in CorelDraw X13?

haag's picture

Hi there!!

I was testing my fonts in CorelDraw x13 and had a big surprise! I couldn't find anywhere to acess opentype features such as stylistic alternates and discretionary ligatures... actually, when I searched the help in Corel, I didn't find anything related to "opentype" or "open type". In the section of font formats, in help, OT doesn't even appear. Too weird...

My AFTER fonts ( have lots of special ligatures that aren't encoded, so I can't even acess them in the INSERT SPECIAL CHARACTER box because the software only shows encoded gliphs :/ dammit Corel!!

Is Corel indeed like this or someone knows how to solve this?


Henyk's picture

You must assign Unicode indexes to ALL GLYPHS (of course from PUA, to avoid possible conflicts).

haag's picture

Thanks Henyk... that seems to be the only way.

I remember I read in FL manual that some foundries use the PUA unicode range for special characters, while others don't, for reasons I can't remember now.

Miguel Sousa's picture

Using PUAs in retail fonts is generally a bad practice, so you should avoid it.

FYI, Adobe has abandoned the practice of assigning PUAs on new fonts:

William Berkson's picture

So do I get this right: a small cap A, for example, should be 'A.small' with no unicode assignment at all?

k.l.'s picture


twardoch's picture

I'll also add that the glyph suffix is arbitrary, i.e. the smallcap A could be named "A.smcp" or "" or "A.small" or anything else.


andreas's picture

Yes, its bad customers use Corel, Freehand or Word.

Typography.Guru's picture

with no unicode assignment at all?

Well, it depends.
The bad thing about insertig PUA characters is, that you will mess up the text. You cannot change the typeface, without having wrong characters, spell checking won't work and so on.
But if you design a display typeface this is not so much of a problem. And if you know your customers will use CorelDRAW you may rather do the wrong thing ... and make your customers happy.


haag's picture

Thanks every one for the comments... it's all clear now.

I knew Corel sucks, but not that much.

Producing Corel friendly versions of the fonts is not nice, and mess a little the production process, but I'll end up doing it for these "special" customers.

thks again

aluminum's picture

"I knew Corel sucks, but not that much."

And Adobe is sucking more and more each day.

I'm still holding on to Freehand but will have to give in soon. I'm trying to avoid the Adobe CS suite, though I know I'll end up with it.

I do want to consider the alternatives, though. Corel is definitely a contender.

Henyk's picture

Corel is pathologically correctly interact with system font driver then under Vista you may forget about PUA :))

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