OpenType

Allumi Std was originally created by Jean François Porchez in 2009. This new variation “Std” is the basic version of the tailored Allumi PTF. Allumi is a sleek typeface designed with technology in mind. It’s a perfect font family of 27 series for any communication concerning design, robotics, or functionality.

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I am trying to produce a scaleable dot-based font family in Fontlab as Mac flavoured Opentype. I’ve had a lot of trouble with getting small circles to be geometrically correct in Truetype (the beziers flatten the arcs) but Opentype keeps them geometrically consistent.

However, I have a bigger problem which I can't seem to fix.

Hello,

So I am starting a book project for which I am using a very complete and well designed typeface, the files are .otf. I thought .otf meant OpenType and that's it, I just discovered the different OpenType flavored types, which I don't quite understand yet, anyway, not the point...

So I checked and my typeface is an OpenType (Postscript Flavored).

Now... I am using the Book weight, which contains all the basic characters, but not the ligatures. For the ligatures, there is the Book Alt version, which contains all the nice ligatures that I would like to use in my text treatment...

From what I understand, OpenType would contain everything in one font file, these flavored things do not, because of the 256 glyphs limit, right?

Robin is a dingbats font in OpenType format that allows you to compose easily an infinity of arrows thanks to a logical use of the keyboard: as long as you want, as sharp as you want, as simple or decorative as you want.

Trying to learn more about features, focusing on the kerning feature at the moment.

In another post Jens Kutilek kindly offered the following feature as a suggestion to a problem I was trying to solve (http://typophile.com/node/72726):

feature kern {
script grek;
language dflt;
pos space <50 0 100 0>;
} kern;

What I'm wondering about is the script and language statements. I've read about them a bit on Adobe's site but, admittedly, will have to back and revisit to better understand. One thing I didn't see is how these statements get used or activated.

[Cross-posted with the UAFDKOML group]

I'm starting to receive some questions about features not working in InDesign CS5 when a non-Latin language or "No Language" is selected. And this is happening with fonts that worked fine in CS3 and CS4.

From the cases I've seen, the bugs were in the fonts. More specifically, the feature file code lacked languagesystem declarations. Regarding InDesign CS5, what I can tell you is that this version is more strict than CS3 and CS4 were in terms of dealing with language and script tags. So if the fonts don't have lookups for all the necessary languagesystems, ID CS5 will just stick to what's in the font rather than creating them on-the-fly, like CS3 and CS4 used to do.

Is "LeFrancois" a typical french type?
With 3 ranges of capitals, this sans serif font is really smart!
This OpenType font contains 350 glyphs (alternative lettres, ligatures, old style figures, etc.) more than 6000 kernings...
Visit:
http://www.editions205.fr/index.php?/fonderie/lefrancois--new/

I have this lookup for ordinals. It works OK for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc., and for Caps, 1ST, 2ND, 3RD, etc., but not for ordinals in French or Spanish, which use one or three ordinals e.g. 2º or 1ème.

How can I change my code to cater for one or more alpha characters after the digits? One to three superscripts would be OK, but I think one or more would be more flexible.

feature Ordinals ordn {
lookup Ordinals;
}
group @Digits [zero-nine];
group @Alphas [A-Z a-z];

lookup Ordinals{
context (@Digits) @Alphas @Alphas;
sub 0 Super;
sub 1 Super;
} lookup Super {
sub [A-Z] -> [uniEAA1 - uniEABA];
sub [a-z] -> [uniEAC1 - uniEADA];
}

I am using OpenType Compiler.

What would be the best/smart/easy way to transform an OT font that is fully featured and has several stylistic variants, into separate fonts for each feature, while still maintaining the kerning pairs etc.?

For example if an OT font has the standard latin characters + small caps + titling characters + alternates... to have the SC and Titling as standalone functional separate fonts.

What would be a good way to do do that?

LeFrançois is a typeface in OpenType format based on 3 series of capitals.
It seems to be classical but some glyphs show that it's not so conventional.
It's seems to be a typical French type, that's why its name is LeFrançois (with the accent please !)
With a particular work on kerning (about 5000 !) and ligatures, you'll be able to compose words as logotypes thanks to capitals and small caps.
It will be soon available at http://www.editions205.fr

Does anyone know of an application for Linux that lets me use OpenType features? I'm thinking alternate forms, swashes, dicretionary ligatures.

I would like to migrate from using windows to linux, all the things I do I can do in Inkscape and Scribus, but the OT features would be a nice touch. I'm open to learning TeX or any other piece of software as long as it's usable.

Thanks

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;

Now that webfonts are supported by all major browsers, more and more professional fonts are available for web linking. These fonts usually contain a large set of OpenType features, which are only accessible in OpenType-savvy applications like InDesign, Illustrator or QuarkXPress. Browsers have barely supported such advanced typographic features so far. But with the latest Beta of Firefox 4 this is about to change …

http://bit.ly/9FVmg0

see also: http://typophile.com/node/73173

Over a year ago I started thinking of new font names, er...a theme of different font names for a different family of different styles :P At last, Beefcakes is in the final stages and is scheduled for release on August 20th, w00t! It is the first of the "Cakes" series, a collection of display fonts inspired by various brush lettering styles. The series will include Beefcakes, Babycakes, Hotcakes, Paddycakes and Sweetcakes, and as each typeface is unique (not to mention time-consuming to draw!) they will be released as they're finished...

cheers,
Jim

Beefcakes, Babycakes, Hotcakes, Paddycakes and Sweetcakes are trademarks of Rebeletter Studios and may be registered under certain jurisdctions.

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OpenType myths explained

OpenType ist the standard font format of these days. But even 14 years after its introduction, many users don’t really know what the term OpenType implies and how it differs from other font formats. Since I use the domain opentype.info for my weblog, I thought it is time to shed some light on this confusing subject …

http://opentype.info/blog/2010/07/31/opentype-myths-explained/

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beginer opentype troubles

This is my first attempt at creating an open type font in font lab 4. i thought i would start with the simplest feature i could think of, but already having trouble. any idea what i am doing wrong???

thanks in advance to any kind soul who is willing to help!

-dan

205 is a new type foundry founded in 2010 by Damien Gautier (Lyon, France)
Almost display fonts but not only...
Opentype fonts, it's sure! With opentype features (ligatures, alternate glyphs, etc.)

Already available :
– Amiral : a strong stencil typeface (uppercases only)
– Bloo : a four cut font in homage to "Codex80" by Jean Alessandrini
– Caporal : an elegant stencil font
– Colonel : a four cut stencil font – uppercases and lowercases – : cut, rounded and sharp angles
– LeChaufferie : a display font with 1200 ligatures !
– Robin : a dingbats font with infinite possibilities thanks to 5000 kerning pairs

Éditions Deux-Cent-Cinq publishes also books on typography, architecture and contemporary photography.
Visit the website : http://www.editions205.fr

i read some time ago that it is possible (and legal) to extract special opentype features from a licensed adobe font and create a (ttf?)-font that could be used in applications that do not support opentype (like office word).

to make things more practical: i would need for a client three weights of hypatia sans (e.g. light, regular, bold) in the stylistic set 1 (no serifs) both itallic and normal and additionally in the stylistic set 13 (unicase).

any ideas if this would work, who could do this and what costs i would have to face?

thanks
gerhard donauer

I created a font for a school assignment a while ago, and I'm having a little trouble with Open-Type in order to make it work properly.see the font here: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Shoelace-Typefeet/465085
Since the typeface uses shoes as characters, I needed it to be like this:
Right foot, Left foot,Right foot, Left foot,Right foot, Left foot,

At first I just put all the right feet in uppercase glyphs and left feet in lowercase glyphs, so you needed to type ThIs WaY to make it work (not the best solution, but I had a tight deadline). Now I am trying to find an open-type solution to make it look right regardless of how you write, but I'm not sure about which open-type feature I should use.
I am a bit of a noob at Font Lab, so any help would be appreciated.

During the summer 2009 we’ve been asked by Real Simple to customize Parisine PTF for their own use. We've adjusted few things for Real Simple and created new weights. Today, we've integrated this idea of intermediate weights into Parisine PTF Gris: A new Regular between the original Parisine PTF Clair Bold and Parisine PTF Regular (as on the image above). Bold follow same mechanism. Finally, it’s also why this new sub-family was called *Gris* (Gray in English).

As you might now, the long awaited, 15+ years, version 1.0.0 of STIX fonts have been finally released. However, the release disappointed many people who want to typeset mathematics with STIX fonts, as they neither released LaTeX support files nor supplemented the fonts with the new OpenType MATH table, ruling out any quality mathematical typesetting engine.

Fortunately, STIX were kind enough to release the fonts under Open Font License, so giving the community the power to scratch their itch and not wait yet another 15 years for next release.

Having experimented with an OpenType MATH version of STIX beta release, it was relatively easy to supplement the final release with MATH layout features, thanks to the powerful FontForge who never let me down, and so XITS was officially born.

Parisine Office Std was originally created by Jean François Porchez for RATP in 2005. This new variation “Std” is the basic version of the tailored Parisine Office PTF who feature a smaller xheight and perform better on text setting, editorial projects. The design of the italic lowercases is more cursive than in Parisine PTF. Two sets of figures are provided—standard, oldstyle, and lining—in tabular widths.

All details
http://www.typofonderie.com/alphabets/view/ParisineOfficeStd

Test it online
http://www.typofonderie.com/alphabets/try/ParisineOfficeStd

Full pdf specimen
http://www.typofonderie.com/icono/alphabets/pdf/ParisineOfficeStd_pdf.pdf

Hello,

I'm wondering, if there's any chance to prevent Indesign and other applications from breaking letter combinations when the tracking threshold is exceeded.
I've some kind of (faked) random opentype feature programming in the contextual alternates feature of my font. For it's not a script font and the letter combinations are not meant as ligatures, I'd like to deactivate this behavior in type setting applications, preferably by Opentype programming. I guess it's not possible, but maybe... Any suggestions?

Alex

Hello

I'm getting in a bit of a muddle with my old style figures, and wonder if somebody can clear this up for me?

Ayita Pro is a cheerful new sans serif design by Jim Ford of Ascender Corp. Ayita is a Cherokee name which translates to 'first in dance' and recalls the exuberant rhythm and flow of these 14 new typefaces. Originally conceived as an upright italic design, the Ayita typeface family remains contemporary, friendly and elegant yet hard working.

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