Fontographer 5

Creating arabic fonts using font lab - (Ligatures) - help needed

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.


Fontographer 5 + Illustrator, trying to edit an exisiting font


Hello all.

This might make me sound a bit simple, but I'm a complete beginner with Fontographer (I only installed it today)

Basically I've taken an existing font and made all my tweaks in Illustrator (Upper and lower case, bold and light) I've then converted the existing font into a ttf and opened it in Fontographer.

Tracking problem with .otf OpenTypes generated by Fontographer 5


Can anyone suggest why the OpenTypes I'm generating in Fontographer 5 have sporadic spacing anomalies and the tracking occasionally goes way out. It looks like I've gone insane while kerning. This weirdness is only happening in .otf font files; the .ttf , Mac PostScript and Mac TrueTypes are all exactly as designed.

If I take my Fontographer-generated .ttf file into FontLab and generate .otf files, they have the correct spacing, the problem is only in Fontographer generated OpenTypes. Am I doing something stupid or has Fontographer 5 got a glitch?

Thanks in advance.

Please help: leading problem in Fontographer 5 {most likely a simple solution}


I am creating a monospaced monoheight display font were the kerning distance and leading height are identical. The problem I am having, is that when I test the font in InDesign I do not have a simple default way of getting the font leading to be identical to the kerning. This is critical as some of the ligatures are vertically oriented and connect glyphs from two or more lines.

The Font Information is as follows:

UPM size: 320

Ascender: 320 on most glyphs and 420 on the vertically oriented ligatures

Descender: 0 on most glyphs and -100 on the vertically oriented ligatures

Line gap: 20 (to match the 20 for kerning)

Safe zone top: 420

Safe zone bottom: -100

Caps height: 320

xheight: 320

Thank you in advance for your help

contextual multiple substitution in OT


I'm trying to set up a contextual multiple substitution (one-to-many), but FOG 5 keeps choking on the feature file and won't generate a font. The same substitution works in VOLT for TrueType OpenType fonts, although the substitution works only in Microsoft programs, and not in Adobe programs.

In VOLT, I was able to set up the substitution as:

    comma -> special_glyph comma -- when preceded by -- glyph_group

Now I'm trying to use it in a feature file (based on Adobe specs) for generating a CFF OpenType font in Fontographer 5.

Here's the basic syntax for an Adobe spec feature file:

    sub [ @Glyphclass ] comma' by specialglyph comma;