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FontCreator

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Font 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.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great font creator, great price."

    June 11, 2013  |   By DarrylCook5

    Version: FontCreator 7.0

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

    Summary

    It does what I need. I bought it. I didn't buy other font software.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Absolutely the best font creation software I ever used"

    April 27, 2013  |   By Zen Dragon

    Version: FontCreator 7.0

    Pros

    Intuitive, straightforward and relatively easy (given that font creation is never really that easy). Very friendly and helpful support services.

    Cons

    There are few genuine cons I can think of.

    Summary

    A fantastically well provisioned package that is genuinely intuitive and relatively easy to use, but with undeniably professional results.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "All the Features I have been Waiting for"

    April 27, 2013  |   By Bhikkhu Pesala

    Version: FontCreator 7.0

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

    Summary

    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.
    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

    On May 17th 2013 High-logic released a maintenance patch. Check for updates from the Help menu to download and install it.

    • 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, 2013

    Some significant improvements were made in further maintenance releases.

    * Optical Metrics: Choose from Tabular or Proportional Figures
    * Hinting: Choose from Automatic or Keep Original hints

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Impaired Demo Function"

    April 6, 2011  |   By griffinmac

    Version: FontCreator 6.2

    Pros

    This program appears to have features that may interest me, I can import images of characters I wish to use, and I can easily move the import around to get it where I want it to be.

    Cons

    It has no save or export feature so I couldn't review or test the font I was experimenting with. So I had no way to evaluate the end product. It could look like hell when exported, I have no way of knowing if it produces a professional product.

    Summary

    Waste of time. Had to give it a 1 star because I don't know if it works from this demo! no save or export feature. Couldn't tell what my final font would look like. I also don't personally care to deal with companies that are not upfront about their products. Chances are it is a trend that they will continue. Cripple ware features need to be declared in the product description. When they are not, it wastes bandwidth and peoples time, I equate that to spam. If you are interested in this product I would say buy it on faith and hope you aren't wasting $79.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Terrific Program. Well designed."

    April 1, 2011  |   By DickPape

    Version: FontCreator 6.2

    Pros

    Easy to make simple or complex fonts. Very intuitive. Good group of features. All you need to make complete fonts.

    Cons

    Is not free ware. Gotta spend the money to get the fully functional program.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Good as far as Font creators go."

    February 21, 2011  |   By stanleypatkan

    Version: FontCreator 6.2

    Pros

    Can't really say because it wasn't what I wanted. I wanted to scan font's created on paper and then scan them in. Which you can do if you have Scanahand an add on.

    Cons

    The package might be ok but wasn't what I wanted. It's for designing fonts which is ok, but I had my fonts already on paper.

    Summary

    Font Creator is great for desinging fonts, but you need scanahand to import fonts. Not sure how they work together because you have to pay for addons and trial programs don't show you a final product.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "DON'T BOTHER UNLESS YOU BUY ('FREE' TRIAL USELESS)"

    January 14, 2011  |   By jesstoday

    Version: FontCreator 6.2

    Pros

    Easy to use, can create fonts pretty easy from image files.... BUT... can't save so no point in downloading.

    Cons

    Total GARBAGE trial version, do NOT download this unless you buy the full version. Try version 5.0 or 5.6 instead. I spent hours creating a font, only to find out I couldn't save it! Waste of time.

    Summary

    Do NOT download this free trial, there's nothing free about this program anymore.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "CRIPPLEWARE"

    December 19, 2010  |   By Lvanett

    Version: FontCreator 6.2

    Pros

    Works well but...

    Cons

    can't save files. CRIPPLEWARE.

    Summary

    Previous versions were fully functional. Not this one. Get version 5.0 instead.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Great, but not"

    October 28, 2010  |   By JJ334

    Version: FontCreator 6.2

    Pros

    Easy to download, Fonts easy to import

    Cons

    Need to pay to use features such as saving and limited time if not paid

    Summary

    I do like this program, but I can't pay.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "THEY MIGHT BE FOOLING"

    October 9, 2010  |   By dashrathm

    Version: FontCreator 6.1

    Pros

    MAY BE IN THE IF YOU PAY THEM

    Cons

    CAN BE BUT WE CAN'T SEE AS FONT CANT BE SAVED WITHOUT PAYMENT

    Summary

    EVEN IN TRIAL VERSION, THERE SHOULD BE LIMITATION OF MAKING AND USING AT LEAST ONE FONT

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