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FontCreator

CNET Editors' review

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
  • All versions:

    4.2 stars

    out of 55 votes

    • 5 star: 33
    • 4 star: 13
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 4
  • Current version:

    5.0 stars

    out of 7 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent way of creating fonts,does everything for you"

    May 9, 2009  |   By cybernaut_ev

    Version: FontCreator 5.6

    Pros

    Does exactly what you want in a very simple way once you're up to speed.

    Cons

    Characters somewhere beyond the lowercase alphabet are not in numeric order and the program doesn't tell you what the character code number is. Those characters get overwritten with other characters (something to do with pasting one char on another?)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Powerful but Easy to Use"

    October 31, 2008  |   By Bhikkhu Pesala

    Version: FontCreator 5.6

    Pros

    FontCreator is a professional tool that enables home users to enter the world of font design without too steep a learning curve. Draw your own glyphs directly or scan them and trace them to convert the bitamps to Truetype quadratic bezier curves.

    Cons

    Currently lacks support for font hinting, Postscript Type One fonts, and OpenType glyph substitutions.

    Summary

    The Home Edition has everything the home user will need to produce home-made fonts with a minimum of difficulty. All of the power of the Professional Edition is there, only with less automation. The 30-day Trial Edition is the fully functional Professional Edition, so you can get a good look at the additional features before deciding which version is right for you.

    The Professional Edition has powerful scripts for adding entire extended character sets for accented composite characters like á ê ï õ ? in minutes. Regular fonts can be transformed to bold, italic, light, or outline. Small Capitals, ligatures, Old Style Figures, etc., can also be generated from scripts, taking much of the donkey work out of generating fonts with many glyphs.

    Autokerning and Autonaming wizards automate the creation of kerning pairs and ensure that the required font name fields are filled in as they should be.

    The interface is customisable, and many shortcuts facilitate working with large fonts. Guidelines and grids, font metrics lines, glyph captions, default zoom, etc., can all be customised to suit the way you like to work.

    The free support forum at High-Logic with direct feedback from the Program's author provides a quick and helpful response when you need help with the program's many advanced features. Any bugs found are fixed promptly, sometimes within hours of being reported, and usually with a matter of days rather than months or years as is the case with most other software.

    The Font Test window, Preview Toolbar, Comparison Toolbar, and Glyph Validation wizard, all help to ensure that any errors are spotted and removed before you start distributing your fonts.

    Make no mistake, creating Truetype fonts is not a task for the lazy or impatient, but FontCreator makes the learning process as enjoyable and as easy as possible. It is a program that can be mastered by anyone with basic computer skills learnt from Graphics or DTP applications.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A Very Good Program."

    October 18, 2008  |   By JoyceNgo

    Version: FontCreator 5.6

    Pros

    It makes fonts and edits fonts very easily.

    Cons

    Nothng wrong with the product so far.

    Summary

    I decided to make my first font and my friend told me you can do it by using FontCreator, it took a while to get all the spacings of the letters right but when I did, I was very satisfied with my font and this porgram. It works very well.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Amazing"

    September 20, 2007  |   By Liesbet Groenhoven

    Version: FontCreator 5.6

    Pros

    When I found FontCreator on the Internet I was astonished how this editor

    works. In a glance I understood how to get on with the tools. It only took

    few seconds to transform my typefaces into italics with the Glyph

    Transformer and it even adjusted the number of degrees! FontCreator is

    exactly the editor I was looking for. A fantastic editor which I can

    recommend to anyone!

    Liesbet Groenhoven

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  • 5.0 stars

    "fantastic editor"

    September 20, 2007  |   By Rogerus

    Version: FontCreator 5.6

    Pros

    With FontCreator I found an editor that displays all kind of tools in a

    well-organized way. Because of the diversity of tools I think there is

    for anybody something useful to find. It's amazing how easy it works.

    Rogier Holland

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome program"

    September 15, 2007  |   By W. Eagleburger

    Version: FontCreator 5.6

    Pros

    This program is very easy to use, and is one of my favorites of all time. You are only limited by your imagination, the sky is the limit.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent piece of Software"

    August 8, 2007  |  

    Version: FontCreator 5.6

    Pros

    FontCreator is a very powerful tool with many advanced features. FontCreater is valuable beyond just the creating of fonts as well. The ?Install Current Font? command alone makes the application worth owning especially if you have to work with different versions of the same font or have to swap out fonts of the same name. The Validation tools are also very nice. I highly recommend Font Creator.

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