The FontLab glyph window shimmy

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Alan Dague-Greene's picture
Joined: 7 Dec 2002 - 11:00am
The FontLab glyph window shimmy
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Ok, I had this problem with FL3 and now it’s back again with FL4. I’m running OS X. In Fog4, when you’re flipping through glyphs, the left side-bearing stays put. This is a good way of judging the relative positions of different characters without drawing a bunch of guides.

In FL3, and again in FL4, I flip through the glyphs, and each glyph gets centered in the glyph window. This is good/bad. However, I’ve noticed that *sometimes* the left side-bearing does stay put between glyphs! I noticed that there is a tiny lock icon in the ruler at the top of the side-bearings and at the end of the baseline. Does this have something to do with it?

I emailed Pyrus, haven’t gotten an answer yet. I know, I know, rtfm. I did (skimmed really fast looking for screenshots of that little lock). Anyone have any ideas? (now preparing to feel really stupid)

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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You’re in SF, right? Did you email them some time after this past Friday morning? Then wait for tomorrow night before panicking and doing desperate things like reading manuals.  :-)

hhp

Alan Dague-Greene's picture
Joined: 7 Dec 2002 - 11:00am
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I emailed them right after I downloaded the demo, which was last Monday, I believe. Perhaps now that I am a licensed user I could nudge them again.

But the real question is … how did you know where I’m located? :)

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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A whole week (so far), wow — atypical.

> how did you know where I’m located?

I pay attention.
As John Cleese’s barrister character would have inquisited: “You *do* work for MvB Design, is that correct?”

BTW, by some coincidence (this being your first [independently verifiable] public post that I personally remember) just yesterday I got the 5th issue of that m.real magazine*, and for the first time saw your Atma in [print] action: pretty elegant, but not overly cold (just the descenders I find a bit too long — a problem for economy). I especially like the fact that you’re included “hybrid” figures and multiple sizes of caps (except maybe 3 sizes is enough — few people even notice this stuff anyway).

* http://www.m-real.com/
It’s square (which is nice), and printed on too-fancy paper (not nice), and the previous issue was called “Black and White” — right up my alley. The current issue is all color photos — deathly boring.

hhp

Alan Dague-Greene's picture
Joined: 7 Dec 2002 - 11:00am
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Atma has problems. *cough*bigproblems. Don’t look too close. I have customized versions that fix many of the more obvious issues (is that a violation of the license agreement? Oh wait, I’m not licensed). But hey, there’s nothing like quantity to make up for quality.

Yes, I’m at MvB. Mark has the typographic super-smarts, so things I’ve done since Atma have been better.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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Atma has no more problems than most other fonts we see plastered all over.

> is that a violation of the license agreement? Oh wait, I’m not licensed

Well, you do have a contract with FontFont, I presume.
And I suspect you can’t like just respace the thing and start reselling it yourself, right?

hhp

Alan Dague-Greene's picture
Joined: 7 Dec 2002 - 11:00am
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No, I was kidding about the license thing. I just have it customized for me. And I only have the Book weights installed, the others are not my type. (heh)

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Joined: 9 Dec 2002 - 11:12am
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>In FL3, and again in FL4, I flip through the
>glyphs, and each glyph gets centered in the
>glyph window. This is good/bad.

Position of the LSB will not change if you have a “custom” zoom level. This is true only for FontLab 4.5/Mac.

Alan Dague-Greene's picture
Joined: 7 Dec 2002 - 11:00am
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Thank you! That was the answer I was looking for. Would it be possible to include this as an optional feature? That is, include the option to have it turned on all the time?