Just want to edit font metadata

rinopo's picture

Hi there,

I have some TTF fonts from an old CD-ROM that I'd still like to use on my Mac.
But those fonts seem to have some non-ASCII chars stored in their PS Names and TTF Names tables as I see them in fontforge, which are shown garbled in other apps' font menus. They also don't have proper style names which I'd like to set in order.

Thus I'd like to modify those metadata without changing anything else in those fonts.
Is there any tool suited for such purpose?
(The tool can be a command line tool or one that works on Windows, although my final goal is to use the fonts on my Mac.)

I've tried to do that with fontforge, but the generated TTFs somehow seems to lack something (maybe vertical metrics info?) that they look messed up when I try to typeset them vertically (which is not the case with original fonts). It's a crucial problem since those are Japanese fonts and should allow vertical typesetting.
I'm not really familiar with fontforge nor with font data structure, so I must be missing something, but since I only need to fix the font names, I thought that a fully equipped app like fontforge is too much and there should be some simpler solution.

I'd appreciate if you could give me any suggestion.

Karl Stange's picture

Have you tried LettError's TTX?

rinopo's picture

Thank you for the information.
I'll give it a try!

rinopo's picture

It worked!
TTX will be my favorite tool. Thank you again, Karl.

A note for Mac users with systems version 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or higher:
The latest release version of TTX (fonttools 2.3) turns out to be incompatible with those systems.
It seems you have to use this branch instead:

svn co https://fonttools.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/fonttools/branches/delft-sprint-2012 fonttools

Cf. http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?func=detail&aid=3178810&group_id=29196&a...

Karl Stange's picture

Glad it helped, it is an amazing tool!

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