CNET Editors' reviewFont design isn't easy, but FontCreator simplifies the process with an intuitive interface and tons of features. Its specialized drawing tools allow you to design glyphs one by one. If you're not patient enough to start from scratch, it's easy to import an existing TrueType font (TTF) and get started modifying the smallest of details. You also can convert images to glyphs, which allows you to turn a logo or your handwriting into a custom font. That said, it's the bonus utilities that elevate FontCreator to professional caliber. Glyph Transformer lets you instantly boldface, rotate, or alter every character in a font. You also can set kerning, change character-to-glyph mapping, and validate fonts to detect common problems. FontCreator's wealth of features and recently improved ease of use make it a great choice for type designers of all skill levels.
This font editor allows you to create and edit TrueType, OpenType and web fonts. It has the powerful drawing tools that typographers and graphic designers require, and an intuitive interface that allows beginners to become productive immediately. When you create or open a font, FontCreator displays an overview of all available characters. You can simply add missing characters, or select an existing character, and modify its appearance. You can import (scanned) images of your signature or company logo, or make a font from your own handwriting. Other features include the ability to preview fonts before installing, and a font installation wizard that makes your fonts available to other applications. FontCreator also lets you fix character mappings, correct font names, and modify and clean up kerning pairs.
What's new in this version: This version delivers powerful tools such as OpenType layout features, automatic hinting, optical metrics and Web Open Font Format (WOFF) support.
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All versions:4.2 stars
out of 55 votes
Current version:5.0 stars
out of 3 votes
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"Great font creator, great price."
Version: FontCreator 7.0
I've been designing for years and wanted to create fonts but not spend a huge amount of money on the software. FontCreator does this perfectly. I work in illustrator and just draw my character sets in illustrator, then paste them into FontCreator, scale, validate, kern etc. So, if you work in illustrator, you'll be happy to hear that importing works great. You can also draw char's from scratch in FontCreator, but I've not done that, so can't comment on those features.
I was working with FontCreator Pro. 6, and when version 7 came out I was given a free upgrade, which is great. The new upgrade has useful features I'm already referring to (easy character layout tables, for example - I don't have to search through unicode charts any more to find the code for a character). All in all, I'd recommend this as it does what you need and is at a more competitive price than the competition.
None. Any problems I may have had (creating fonts can be tricky, so there's bound to be something), the manual is comprehensive (read it before using the software) and if you mail customer support, they get back to you quickly. All good.
It does what I need. I bought it. I didn't buy other font software.
"Absolutely the best font creation software I ever used"
Version: FontCreator 7.0
Intuitive, straightforward and relatively easy (given that font creation is never really that easy). Very friendly and helpful support services.
There are few genuine cons I can think of.
A fantastically well provisioned package that is genuinely intuitive and relatively easy to use, but with undeniably professional results.
"All the Features I have been Waiting for"
Version: FontCreator 7.0
The Trial version of FontCreator 7 now saves fonts with a subset of the full character set (A-Z, a-z, 0-9, !=?@-,./ and\) so those negative comments about not being able to test fonts in the Trial version no longer apply.
The Home Edition can do most of what home users need. It now has automatic hinting, supports a default set of OpenType layout features, and supports Web Open Font Format (WOFF) fonts. Professional users should buy the Standard or Professional Editions. They are not expensive when compared to FontLab.
OpenType layout features needed by Asian fonts are not supported yet.
The extensive changes to the interface will leave upgraders confused for a while as they get up to speed, and there are a lot of new features to learn too. The help files and manuals still need some work, but no doubt they will be improved in response to user feedback on the forums.
The Standard Edition adds most of the features needed by professional font designers, while the Professional edition also adds Optical Metrics and import of OpenType Layout tables. Testing OpenType features is simple by using the WOFF test feature to preview the results in Firefox. The OpenType script editor is customisable and checks the syntax, which is a must for us short-sighted older users.On May 17th 2013 High-logic released a maintenance patch. Check for updates from the Help menu to download and install it.
All users will benefit from the greatly improved glyph overview, which makes it easy to work with large fonts by filtering and sorting the glyphs in many different ways. Dialogues that remember their last used settings, shortcuts to show/hide the floating toolbar palettes, and project files that have their own settings make better use of the workspace and enhance productivity.
I have tested the Beta version extensively, and found it to be 100% stable. I have come to expect bugs in new software, but the High-Logic developers fix bugs and listen to user feedback better than anyone.
Updated on May 17, 2013
• Added Glyph Tagging
• User Manual Updated
• Added Search in OpenType Layout Feature Editor
• Added Smart Glyph Naming
• Fixed Numerous Small Bugs
Updated on Jun 11, 2013Some significant improvements were made in further maintenance releases.
* Optical Metrics: Choose from Tabular or Proportional Figures
* Hinting: Choose from Automatic or Keep Original hints