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Hi all,

I'm designing a handwriten font wich contain many alternate sets of characters and I programmed a calt feature to randomize it. The feature contains a lot of lines mixing and conditioning the substition of each character. I thing the sintaxis is fine and the replacement works fine too, but when I increase the number of characters in each of the classes used in the code the output panel shows the following warning:

[FATAL] GSUB feature 'ÿÿÿÿ' causes overflow of offset to a subtable (0x1140a)

(I don't know why the name of the feature is swhown without the correct name).

I made a font recently and it worked fine. Then I decided to do the Arabic unicode block, then the Arabic presentations A and B.
Now that I generated the font, Word crashes (but not InDesign) when I copy an arabic text (from Wikipedia) and paste it in a document using my font. I used UnicodeView and the Character Map to see the font and it all works, except when selecting the Arabic block (0600 - 06FF). CharMap crashes and Unicode View fills the screen with error messages saying some dll crashed and a memory segment was violated, blah blah blah.

FontLab is surveying users of their software (and competitors), and offering some nice prizes for responses, and even just tweeting about it. http://blog.fontlab.com/fontlab/fontlab-survey-win-prizes/

Hello Forum,

I am stuck at one point in FontLab and hope someone can help me.
I would like to integrate arrows in a TrueType font using FontLab: arrow right and arrow left.
The font should be used as a webfont later and i don´t want to build in images for arrows anymore.

To achieve this I proceeded as follows in FontLab:
- Create a Glyph in an empty grey box wich is marked yellow in the font-window
I understand that glyphs, that are not yellow do not belong to the currently selected encoding, codepage or Unicode range
- then i rename the glypgh-name to "arrowright" (using the context-Menue) and generate the unicode index for it (2192) using the little diamond
- After that action the Glyph is marked as grey (unencoded?) and it goes to the end-section in the font-window.

Hi folks,

I wanted to let you all know that I have been asked to teach a class on font creation at this year's Legacies II— the International Calligraphy Conference in Dallas. I'll be teaching the basics of how to use FontLab and Fontographer. The conference is a week long (July 19-26) and the class is called Tool2Type. It's a 2.5 day class, and you can learn more about the conference at this address:

http://calligraphyconference.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=artic...

So, if you or someone you know is interested in taking a class and begin making fonts, check it out.

Martin Silvertant's picture

Fontlab output errors

Hello, I'm working on a custom typeface for a Dutch design company and I just came across some problems I have no idea how to fix. Here's a part of the error messages I get:
[WARNING] Use of DFLT tag has been deprecated. It will work, but please use 'dflt' instead. [C:/Users/Martin/Documents/FontLab/Studio5/fontlab.fea 48]
[ERROR] If you don't want feature 'cpsp' registered under all the language systems you specified earlier on in the feature file by the "languagesystem" keyword, you must start this feature with an explicit "script" statement [C:/Users/Martin/Documents/FontLab/Studio5/fontlab.fea 84]

[FATAL] cmap{plat=3,script=1,lang=0}: multiple glyphs uni2126 Omega mapped to code <2126>
ERROR: There was a problem while compiling OpenType font. Final .otf font is not saved. Please, check OpenType features definition for errors

Once more I am confronted with an error in FontLab, which I don’t entirely understand. Especially the help suggestion is entirely useless. I understand the issue is caused by “multiple glyphs” with the unicode 2126, but how do I find, identify and eliminate the duplicate entry if it isn’t showing up in the glyphs list? How do I know which is the right associated character, which is the original and which the duplicate?

This FontLab tool allows to import and export kerning and classes between FontLab and MetricsMachine. https://github.com/typedev/MMK_FL_kerning_exchange

I have been selling a font family for over a year now, and just recently received a few emails from users saying they are getting a System Validation Error in Font Book, and are advised to not install this font. It's only happening to a couple people, but I want to fix the problem. The font has always worked perfectly for me so there isn't really a way for me to test whether I have solved the problem or not.

I've read some other forums on the subject... one solution was generating the font with hinting enabled. I checked my settings and this was already done.

Another suggested a solution that was on the user side:
1. Deleting the file ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.systemuiserver.plist and then log out/in
2. Install the 10.6.2 combo update

Hello,

I'm using FontLab Studio Pro v5 to create a basic icon font (just a few characters).

In this font, along with the icons, I want to add "blanks" (that is, non-spacing and non-marking glyphs).

I've posted a question on Stack related to how to create non-spacing/marking glyphs and I've gotten a little help so far.

Right now, I'm stuck trying to figure how to:

[scale] all the contours in glyphs to zero sized area: Scale (1%) × 3 times see answer here

I've found this section:

Tools → Action... → Contour → Scale

But I don't see how I can input "(1%) × 3 times".

Could someone please enlighten me?

I'd love some pro guidance here. :)

TIA!

Cheers,
M

Fontlab behaves funny when I use my tablet in glyph window mode.
Every time when I put my pen-hand or mouse on the tablet, Fontlab scrolls down a couple of rows. What’s happening? Oh, and yes ”Enable touch input is turned off”.

Has any one else had a similar experience?

Thanks,
Kristian

Hello everyone,
I've a question about horizontal and vertical stems in FontLab.
Going to Font Info --> Hinting Settings --> Standard stems (T1 hinting) it is possible to define values for horizontal and vertical font's standard stems.
But when I'm in a blank Glyph Window is there a way to visualize horizontal and vertical hints based on those values?
I mean, how can I make those values useful for the designing process of the glyphs?
Thank you for your help!

Hello everyone,
I try to explain you the problem.

I created a typography that has both common (e.g. between "f" and "i") and custom (e.g. between "p" and "p") ligatures and used FontLab to export the font in ttf.
Now I want an HTML page to display the font and I write & #xFB01 for common ligature between "f" and "i".
But where should I operate to display custom ligature between "p" and "p"?

Thank you in advance for your attention!
Filippo

Hello everyone,
I try to explain you the problem.

I created a typography that has both common (e.g. between "f" and "i") and custom (e.g. between "p" and "p") ligatures and used FontLab to export the font in ttf.
Now I want an HTML page to display the font and I write & #xFB01 for common ligature between "f" and "i".
But where should I operate to display custom ligature between "p" and "p"?

Thank you in advance for your attention!
Filippo

Michael Jarboe's picture

FontLab Mavericks

Anyone know of any compatibility issues with FontLab and/or RoboFab Macros or any other Font software and Mavericks?

Hesitant to upgrade until I get word that there are no real issues.

Hey all,

Still kind of new here so please excuse my amateur questions. But there's a couple things I'm wanting to do.

We do a lot of engraving on a router where I work. And this is mainly just me being curious. Is there a way in FontLab or anything other building tool, to design a single line typeface, so that it keeps the same stroke width through different point sizes?

For example, at 72pt, the typeface will appear thin, but when dropped down the say 6-8pt, the typeface will appear heavier. What I would like to do be able to do is start designing a font family for different size engraving bits, as well as Regular, Condensed, Expanded variants.

d_b_v's picture

Can't edit any glyph - all grey!

Hello,

I did something unintentionally, while I was sorting my glyphs, anyway - my tools are all grey/translucent now and I can't change a single thing. "erase tool" is grey, "knife tool" is grey, "elipse" - everything. I basically can't select any of the tools, nor a single dot when I open glyph window and I don't know how to undo what I just did. I quit and restart, but the problem remains.
I attached a snapshot.

Thank you for your help!

d_b_v's picture

Can't edit any glyph - all grey!

Hello,

I did something unintentionally, while I was sorting my glyphs, anyway - my tools are all grey/translucent now and I can't change a single thing. "erase tool" is grey, "knife tool" is grey, "elipse" - everything. I basically can't select any of the tools, nor a single dot when I open glyph window and I don't know how to undo what I just did. I quit and restart, but the problem remains.
I attached a snapshot.

Thank you for your help!

Dears Typophilers,
I'm new in the typography design.
I did an arabic font with Fontographer 5 but I didn't finish because I need some help.

I need to know how I can create Open type standard ligatures feature with Fontographer 5, font lab or Volt.

or I need to know how I can create ligatures feature.. when I type some letters together the glyph replaces.. for example AL-JALALAH WORD (ALLAH), in some fonts if you type LAM LAM HAA it will have specific shape.

any tutorials, lessons or hints will be very helpful.

Regards,
Mohammed
mohammed.faqier@gmail.com

Hello guys!

I've been desiging a Font in Hebrew, But I can't seem to find how to generate a Hebrew font in FontLab.

Let's say I've got all I need already, and I have FontLab. How do I create a Font in Hebrew? is there a Code Page for Hebew? How do I "turn it on"?

I'm very new in the typograhpy field, so every little detail is needed and will help me.

Thanks.

I make hand-drawn typefaces using an Illustrator to FontLab workflow like this:

1. Scan.
2. Vectorize in Illustrator [using ImageTrace in AI CS6].
3. Copy and paste individual glyphs into FontLab.

I used to be satisfied with this workflow, but now that I'm making more fonts, I really want the ability to import multiple characters/glyphs at once, so that I don't have to go back and forth copying and pasting over a hundred times per typeface. All of my characters start out together in a single AI file. Is there any way to get them into FontLab (or Glyphs) all at once as separate glyphs?

I have a family of fonts I'm building in FontLab. They are all using the same exact kerning data and kerning classes. For some reason, one of the fonts is giving me a "serious error" in Font Book that says there is a "System Validation" error, with no further details.

I've tried taking a .vfb file from one of the working fonts, copying over glyphs from the font that's giving me trouble, and generating again. Same error. I think I've pinpointed the problem to be something kerning/class related, as if I copy/paste glyphs that AREN'T in a class and generate the font, I don't get an error in Font Book. But once I copy glyphs that are in a kerning class, I start getting the error.

Hello,

I'm new on the forum so I introduce myself

i'm a swiss student, and I tried for my studies In ancient history to build a font.
I used fontforge and finally fontlab. Everything works perfectly except the kerning.

MS word 2010 doesen't take count of the kerning of my new font...
Kerning works perfectly on Oppen office, but I have to make it work on MS word. Is it possible ?

Somebody knows what is the problem ? Can somebody help me ?

Thanks for help :)
1nordman

Hello typophile fontlab users,

So I have this 5 layered font based on a painted font in fontlab.

I've figured out how to get the kerning exact so it aligns perfectly every time. My issue is the vertical settings.

In Illustrator or Photoshop, when using a text box, as opposed to clicking on canvas with type tool, Illustrator will adjust the baseline for each of the 5 layered styles.

Here is a picture of 2 of the font layers using the text box versus type path tool.

Is this something to do with vertical metrics? Am I missing a checkbox that says "keep original character positioning"?

Appreciate any advice.

I've added cyrillic characters to one of my opentype truetype fonts. This is my first time designing anything beyond Latin 1. How do I generate it in fontlab so that the cyrillic characters are included? These are the questions that I have:

in Font Info>
Encoding and Unicode> I already have 1252 Latin 1 and Macintosh Character Set added here, I'm guessing add 1251 Cyrillic?
What about the Microsoft Character Set drop down menu? Do I leave that Western (Latin 1)?
What about the Mac script and FOND ID drop down menu? Do I leave that as Roman?

in Font Info>
Encoding and Unicode> Custom [cmap] encodings> Do I add anything here?

in Font Info>
Encoding and Unicode> Unicode Ranges> I'm guessing I check Basic Latin, Latin-1 Supplement and then Cyrillic?

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