FontCreator

FontCreator

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 57 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.6
File Size:
8.83MB
Date Added:
July 25, 2007
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $79.00 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
551,412
Downloads Last Week:
226
Product ranking:
#2 in Font Tools
Additional Requirements:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista

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

    out of 57 votes

    • 5 star: 34
    • 4 star: 13
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 4
  • Current Version:

    5.0

    out of 7 votes

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