Typeface design editors and tools

The few available editors, applications and tools useful for typeface design, font design (Mac OS or Windows). This list is regularly updated with my finding.

Beginners

FontStruct (online)
TypeTool (demo version)
Glyphs Mini
Font Creator
Font Constructor
Glyphr Studio

Advanced

Fontlab Studio 5.1 (demo version)
Robofont
Glyphs
Fontographer 5.1
Fontmaster, DTL OTMaster
FontForge: Mac OS install, Windows install

Advanced, additional tools

MetricsMachine
iKern
Prepolator
Superpolator
Simplepolator
RoboFont Mechanic
FontRemix
FeatureProof
Beta Type’s Interpolated Nudge
Area51
TypeMyType
TypeMyType on Github
UFO central
Rounding UFO
UFO stretch
Autopsy
GlyphProofer
hTools
FontPrep
KLTF’s Python scripts
Ben Kiel’s Python scripts
Netzallee’Python scripts
House Industries’s Python scripts
Dan Milne’s Python scripts
Typedev’s Python scripts
Typefacet-robofont
Dunwich Type’s Python scripts
Tom Conroy’s Python scripts
Timo Klaavo’s Scaling Edit Tool + GitHub link.
Loic Sander Robofont Scripts
Glyph Nanny by TypeSupply
SVG Font Converter
AdhesionText
Python scripts for the Glyphs font editor
Mac OS X 10.10: Fira System Font Replacement

Ressources

Adobe afdko 2.5
Visual OpenType Layout Tool
Unified Font Object, UFO
TTX
Font to XML
sfnt2woff (Conversion utility to WOFF format, if the font license agree for conversions)
ttfautohint + FreeType auto-hinter
Apple Font Tools 3.1
Microsoft Font Validator
Google sfnty, a Library for Using, Editing, and Creating SFNT-based Fonts
Webfontmaker
Adhesiontext
Text Generator
Context of Diacritics
Typable, a clever text generator
World-??Ready Composer in Adobe CS4

Few references

Import Illustrator files to FontLab
Diacritics
OpenType features how to at ilovetypography
OpenType Feature File Specification, Adobe
OpenType specification, Microsoft
font.org
typophile.com
fontlab.com/forum
About font production at Kltf.de
Arabic Font Production tutorials. at Khtt.net
About Eulas

Typeface design workshops

Type@Cooper
Plantin Instituut voor Typografie, courses in English
The Alphabetic order
Type & Lettering
CraftingType
Type Clinic
AtelierTypo
etc.

Jean François Porchez, 1 December 2011

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