Scanahand allows you to generate fonts without the need to know all of the technical details involved. You can print a template, draw all of the characters using a black marker or felt-tip pen, and scan your drawing. Scanahand will build your font, and install it on Windows, ready for you to use. You don't need to use additional graphics software, but Power Users and Hobbyists alike can use Scanahand along with their favorite graphic drawing software to create or modify each character of their font. So even without a printer and scanner you'll be able to create custom fonts. Scanahand lets you digitize your signature, and use it in any Windows program. You can turn icons, company logos, or any line art into font characters. If you have a graphics program installed on your computer, it's easy to open your hand-written template, and add artistic flair to each of your font characters. You can even load your fonts onto Macintosh computers. It's easy and fun to create a new font, and another one, and one more...
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"YOUR Handwriting as a Font, Fast and Easy"
Version: Scanahand 4.0
Simple 1, 2, 3 process.
Generate as many fonts as you'd like.
Filling out the form with your handwriting takes the most time.
This is not a full font foundry, it is designed to take your handwriting and create a font for it, although there are creative uses for converting line art to fonts too.
This font creation software is for converting your handwritten printed writing into a font. It won't create a cursive writing font. The issue is for cursive you have to deal with the letters connecting, for most people the shape of an "r" followed by an "s" is completely different from an "r" followed by and "f".
Installation was a snap, simply download the program, execute the installer and enter the registration code emailed you when you purchase the program. What you are downloading for free is in demo mode, you just can't save the fonts you create until you purchase a registration code.
The program is nicely laid out and walks you through a simple three step process: 1. Print a template, 2. Scan the completed template, 3. Convert the template into a font.
When you print a template you can also print the page of the manual that has the instructions for how to complete the template correctly. There are several templates already defined, and if you have the premium version and unique needs, you can create your own templates.
By far the hardest part of the whole process is filling the template in, something High Logic can't help you with. It's just you, a pen, and that template. There are small index marks in each letter's template box to help you get the baseline, x-height, ascenders, and descenders correct for the font conversion. They help but it is still a handwriting challenge.
Step 2 is you scan the result, either directly into the program if you have a TWAIN scanner, or via a JPG file if you don't.
Having mastered step 2 in about 10 seconds, step 3 is almost as fast. Click the Generate button and a dialog box appears asking for the Font Name and copyright information. About 45 seconds later on my desktop Scanahand displayed my handwriting font with sample text. I could change the sample text (my favorite is the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog to show all letters). Assuming I was satisfied with the results, I could save the font as a .ttf file to install on any computer or have Scanahand automatically install the font on the computer I was using.
I was impressed, Scanahand did everything it said it would do, fast, relatively easily (handwriting help not included), and effectively.