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FontCreator

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 58 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    9
  • Total Downloads:
    560,522
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 15, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $79.00 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    11.6MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    87
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #4 in Font Tools

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Easy, Versatile, and Powerful (You won't regret it)"

June 23, 2015  |  By BobAllen_59

 |  Version: FontCreator 9

Pros

Allows you to import your tiff's, emf's, wmf's, jpg's, gif's, eps', etc... (best way in my opinion); or you can draw right into the program. I've scanned 150 year old fonts into my computer (as jpg), traced the characters in a draw program, exported to gif, and brought a dead font in the past back to life. You can keep it simple with defaults and get your font running quickly, or dig into the depths of kerning, ligatures, and tables to fashion a complex font. If you are a beginner and aren't sure, you won't be left high and dry. The support is great. The forums are continually active, problems and questions addressed, examples abundant, and samples a plenty.

If you need to produce your own fonts, you won't find a better deal anywhere.

Cons

Haven't found any yet. Has accomplished all I needed to go from scratch to complete sets of fully kerned, professional looking fonts.

Complaints about "crippleware" are irrelevant and counter productive. If you "don't know" whether it will produce a good final product, then you "don't know" enough to write a review. Reviewing version 9 requires a license to actually use the program. Listen to the reviews of people who actually have a licensed version, otherwise you'll get confused by off-issue remarks. A word to the wise - there is a world of difference between version 5 and version 9. If you need a font creation program, buy v9. Anyone who tells you to settle for version 5 obviously hasn't become acquainted with v9.

Summary

Whether a beginner or experienced, I believe you will be surprised at the power of such an inexpensive product. I started with version four many years ago, and when I upgraded to v8 last year I kept saying "wow" as I used it. I couldn't believe what I had been missing and how powerful it had become. I've now moved from v8 to v9.

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2 stars

"Pay to actually save and use anything you produce."

July 06, 2014  |  By Michaelk9988

 |  Version: FontCreator 7.5

Pros

Doesn't matter.

Cons

What good is it if you can't use your work? Just a twist on bait and switch. I'm not saying it has to be free. I'm just saying don't lie.

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5 stars

"A High Voltage Update"

June 30, 2014  |  By Bhikkhu Pesala

 |  Version: FontCreator 7.5

Pros

A user-friendly interface for adding OpenType GSUB and GPOS features to a font, or for modifying existing features so users no longer need to struggle with the complexities of VOLT.

Group-based kerning is a massive leap forward in productivity. Define the groups once, then reuse them in any font by exporting and importing the script for kerning adjustment pairs. Autokern does most of the hard work - just check a few hundred pairs for glitches, before export a font with 20K kerning pairs.

Export as OpenType *.otf with Truetype or Postscript outlines, or export as a Web Font (*.woff).

Project files store font specific guidelines and export settings, while Export As.. offers a quick way to make minor changes to fonts without saving a project file.

Cons

The powerful new features also mean that some effort is needed to master them. It is a big step up from earlier versions.

Summary

Professional users will soon be up and running. New users and Home Edition users will find prompt help at the High-Logic forums to get them started. The FontCreator Manual is available online if you want to take a closer look at the feature set.

Those who don't want to register the program will not find much use for this Shareware program. The Trial version, which is the full Pro Edition, saves fonts, but only with a limited character set.

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5 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 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 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 stars

"Impaired Demo Function"

April 06, 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 stars

"Terrific Program. Well designed."

April 01, 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 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 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 9
Version 9 comes with visual editing of OpenType layout features, a redesigned font preview which instantly shows OpenType features, and major improvements to both optical metrics and automatic kerning.
General
Publisher High-Logic
Publisher web site http://www.high-logic.com/
Release Date June 12, 2015
Date Added June 15, 2015
Version 9
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory Font Tools
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 11.6MB
File Name FontCreatorSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 560,522
Downloads Last Week 87
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $79

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