How to remove unused kerning pairs in Fontlab

I've just removed a good number of glyphs that I no longer want to include in my font. I deleted the glyphs, then I was able to "Clean up" my classes to remove the deleted glyphs from the classes, but the kerning pairs are still in the kern feature. Every time I try to compile, I get the "one or more glyphs in the font are missing." error with an option to generate all the missing glyphs. I've tried updating the kern feature without success.

My goal is to delete all the kerning pairs from the missing glyphs. I've done it before, but for the life of me, I can't find any answers out there.

FontLab preferences file on Mac

Hi there, maybe a strange question, but does anyone knows where the preferences file (or what file to back up) is located.. Well the thing is that the app some times crashes, and every time I have to restart, I have to set up my tools and personal settings all over again, and it's a little annoying.. So I thought if I took a backup of the prefs file, I could just replace it if it crashes again, to restore my preferred setup. Does anyone knows if it will be the prefs file or what file to back up to restore my chosen tools etc, and or where it's livated?

Thanks a lot in advance! :-)

Ligature error in INDD CC 2014


I’ve been trying to figure this out on my own for weeks now and thought I’d run it by the forum. My ligatures, which are pretty basic, are working properly in AI CC, but not in INDD. The character space is being placed on top of the glyph. I’m not sure if the error is cased by FontLab or INDD. I’ve thought maybe it is because it is a reversed font. Can anyone point me in a direction to expire to help solve this? Below are screen grabs of the error and the Open Type code. Thank you.

How can I remove all hinting data?


Hello everyone, thanks for reading!

I have been working on a new batch of fonts & while I though that I was well aware of all the basic ins & outs of hinting I have been encountering some information that casts doubt on this.

In short…

1.) What is the simplest & and/or most reliable way to inspect a ttf ot otf file & determine if it contains any hinting data?

2.) What methods might I use to remove any and all hinting data from an otf or ttf font file?

At my disposal I have fontlab5, fontforge, fontographer & the latest adobe fdk.

Thank you all in advance.

Updated Unicode 7.0 uranges.dat file for FontLab

Updated uranges.dat file for FontLab.

All Unicode 7.0 Character Ranges, plus Control Codes, ASCII and Latin-1, with the ranges sorted in alphabetical order for ease of use.
Rename from uranges.txt to uranges.dat and place in
~Library/Application Support/FontLab/Data/
(OS X)
This location can also be defined in the FontLab preferences window.
See documentation for Windows location of this file.

Custom fonts not showing up in Microsoft Applications?


Hey Guys...

I have a big problem and I know there are a bunch of smart font people on here so I sure you can help...

I'm building an icon font in FontLab Studio 5.1 and for the life of me I cannot get the font to show up in Microsoft Applications (Word, Powerpoint etc.). Shows up in every other professional app like Illustrator, InDesign... I read all the docs on Microsofts website pertaining to output when making a typeface by MS standards and I followed it perfectly (I think).


I'm hoping someone can lead me in the right direction...

Thanks a ton in advance :)

FontLab and Arrow Key Adjustments


I am currently use FontLab 5.1.4 on Mac OS Yosemite. According to the manual and my preference settings, I'm supposed to be able to move selected nodes with arrow keys by one unit per "click." However, when I try to just tap an arrow key nothing happens. The nodes will only move if I hold down the arrow keys, which then they move appropriately. However, the necessity to hold down the keys is preventing me from moving them 1 unit at a time. I need to be able to just tap the arrow keys. Holding them down makes the nodes move too quickly. I have scoured the preferences, menus, the manual and internet for a solution, but to no avail. Any ideas?

Honest Critiques Only


Hey guys,

I'm working on a typeface this quarter for a school class and need some critique from you type experts. The name of my typeface is "1800 Something" because it was Inspired by the “Franklin TYPE Foundry - Book of Specimens Edition of 1889”. The goal with this font was to use characteristics of 1800 typefaces and make them relevant again for type nerds alike. Basically i'm looking for any critique but I am specifically concerned with my drop shadow alternates, how can I make the drop shadow less illustrator stroke looking, it feels too blocky.

Thanks for any comments and all your critiques!


FontLab pasting from illustrator issue


Hi everyone,

I'm hoping for some help with FontLab. I'm pretty new to the program and am having some difficulties when pasting in from illustrator. Based on a friend's good knowledge, I think the glyphs are pasting as a background layer, as they are not editable and show as a filled object rather than outlines like they normally would. Hopefully this makes sense. Does anyone know how to turn off [?] pasting as a background layer?

Thanks in advance!!


Lookup calls and lookup types


I think I'm getting to grips with OpenType coding - I just birthed my first contextual one-to-many substitution, and am as proud as you'd expect - but I'm still puzzled by one thing and unsure about another.

The puzzle is that when I define-and-run a lookup, the layout engine goes back to the start of the glyph run, as I'd expect. But when I call a lookup, it doesn't, at least in FontLab. Is that just how it is?

The uncertainty is over whether all kinds of lookup types are allowed in all features, or whether it's better to stick to the lookup types specified for features at the Microsoft OT spec site. I know FontLab is liberal, but are all apps?

Thanks very much for any help!

Double "/" bug


Hey there,

So... I've no idea why, but whenever I type "/" on my keyboard, when trying the font I'm designing, the slash doesn't appear. But then when I type "/" again, and it appears. So, every time I type "/" 2 times, only 1 "/" appears on my screen.

It happens in both FontLab preview and Illustrator. Any thoughts?

Sorry if somebody already posted this, I looked for another post with a solution but couldn't find anything.


Fontlab script (with a simple GUI) to complete Font Names & Metrics of a family


Playing around with Dialog Kit I've made a script to fill the most important fields in a font family at once in Fontlab. The program follows Karsten Lücke's recommendations about Font Metrics and Font Naming in his well known PDFs.
I'm sure several of you will point better methods or syntax :) so thanks a lot in advance. I will try to improve the interface and the script in the future, but for the moment, this is all I can do. Thanks to Tal Leming and Paul van der Laan for the help.

1- Open your fonts

Font Encoder - A Encoding Generator for FontLab


Hello to all!

I've just went live with a simple tool to generate encoding text for FontLab.

It's still in a very early stage (I'm sorry if it's still too painful), but I want to share it with you guys in order to have feedback/suggestions.

Here's the link:


Problem with layered typeface


Today I designed a dingbat font with multiple layers and for some reason when the different fonts are stacked there's a vertical shift with each layer. In other words, the shapes are not vertically centered even though they do align perfectly in FontLab. Is there something I might be doing wrong?

Also, how do you define the vertical metrics in dingbat fonts?

Individual glyph contours hierarchy in Fontlab


Hello everyone,

I'm working on rather experimental font - each glyph consists of many horizontal stripes (individual paths/contours)

Is there any way to re-arrange thier hierarchy/order?

For exmple the top contour would be #1 and the last one #23 ? (or otherwise)

I've figured out how to display their numbers (ctrl + F7) but how to change their order?

Thumby and time consuming solution would be probably "cut and paste" in the right order but I'm looking for something more effective.

Any help appreciated,

[WARNING] Start of new pair positioning subtable; some pairs may never be accessed


Here are two of several messages I receive upon trying to generate fonts:

[WARNING] Start of new pair positioning subtable; some pairs may never be accessed: [a a.ss01 agrave.ss01 aacute.ss01 acircumflex.ss01 atilde.ss01 adieresis.ss01 aring.ss01] [y yacute ydieresis ycircumflex ygrave]
[WARNING] Start of new pair positioning subtable; some pairs may never be accessed: [r racute rcommaaccent rcaron] [o ograve oacute ocircumflex otilde odieresis oslash omacron ohungarumlaut] [C:/Users/user/Documents/FontLab/Studio 5/fontlab.fea 487]

[FATAL] Some glyphs used in feature file were not found in the font


I'm working on a typeface I've been working on for a year and I'm nearly done. Today I added a few more kerning classes and kerned hundreds of kerning pairs. I spent hours on it today and I was excited to be done and generate the font and I get an error stating I can't generate the font because some glyphs used in the feature file were not found in the font.

Now, this seems an easy problem to fix. I just don't know how. Can someone tell me what I need to be looking at? Today I replaced a few characters and added some kerning classes in both Bold and Light and I get the same error in both versions so I'm quite sure the problem is in one of the kerning classes.

As far as I can remember these are the classes I added:

Troubles importing from illustrator - weird shapes


I have a trouble when I upload my glyph from illustrator to Font Lab. The font is quiet complicated, it's supposed to have a kind of texture. It's all traced and all shapes are supposed to be closed (I used the pathfinder). But when I copy/paste the font, it gives me the result as in the picture attached...
Would any one have an idea of what could be wrong and how could I repare it?

I'm struggling since 3 days. Getting Crazy! Pleaaase.

Fontlab glyphs outline unresponsive

I’m having a Fontlab 5.1 issue some of your old hats will probably laugh about. It seems so silly, but I cannot figure this out. Since yesterday the glyphs of my font project, the outlines, have become unresponsive to clicking on them. I cannot select the outline, activate points, nothing. I can select layers, I can turn them off and on, visibility and all. I can select glyphs in the map. I can write in both, preview and the metrics window. Everything else works, except for selecting an outline in any layer (in mask it doesn’t work either).

Problems with kerning (type 1 fonts)


I have set kerning in my win type 1 font, and, wanted to use it in MS word. Weird is, kerning works just in some cases - just on basic characters. The problem is only in office - in all other programs like illustrator / indesign not.

- screenshot - left - illustrator, right MS word 2007 (problem at "ře" vs "re" )

- turn kerning in word on/off,
- play with settings at fontlab options in kerning,
- made openType feature "kerning" with kerning asist.
nothing worked. seems like word ignoring all national characters kerning..

Anyone can help me?

my font doesnt type numbers - help please



I have a problem with my font which has been stopped typing numbers! when you for examples write 1 it's type something else which other glyph I used that has not unicode ,, and the same problem form other numbers..

I have delete some unnecessarily glyphs before, so is it the problem? maybe the index has been changed? or it is a problem in the programming? anyone knows please?