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.
FontCreator fully supports OpenType features, and those are even preserved upon opening a font. It allows you to visually build your OpenType features, while the OpenType features can still be modified in the built-in code-editor. This font editor is the best choice if you need to create and modify professional fonts. This professional font editor allows you to create and edit TrueType, OpenType and web fonts. It has the powerful drawing tools that typographers and graphic designers require, and an intuitive interface that allows beginners to become productive immediately. When you create or open a font, FontCreator displays an overview of all available characters. You can simply add missing characters, or select an existing character, and modify its appearance.
You can import raster based (scanned) images of your handwriting and signature, and/or use the vector based import of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) to make your own fonts. Other features include the ability to preview fonts before installing, and a font installation wizard that makes your fonts available to other applications. FontCreator also lets you fix character mappings, correct font names, and modify and clean up kerning pairs. FontCreator is the first font editor to support the new scalable color fonts extension. This new feature allows you to create multi-colored glyphs for systems that support it, while maintaining backwards compatibility for systems that do not. With the huge popularity of professional fonts being used in desktop applications and web sites, you will love the fact that FontCreator now fully supports all OpenType layout features in the enhanced OpenType Designer. With this major new release, FontCreator now supports all OpenType features required by complex fonts such as Hebrew, Arabic, and Devanagari. It provides powerful tools for creating and editing OpenType features without the need to know how to code.
With FontCreator new release, version 11 is a culmination of a community of customer experts input. Yes you heard me right, this software's development is Heavily the responsibility of real users and not one programmer in his basement. People from all over the world joined a Beta team and slaved and tested for months to make this program the gem that it is. Font creation is not easy and a novice no doubt has a million questions to know where to start. Fortunately FontCreator's customer service is bar none. For example, the creator, Erwin, spent 45 minutes teamviewing a problem I had run into. Try to think of the last time that the president of a software company ever made the effort to do something like that for an individual end user. You'll never find faster, complete, and tenacious customer service from experts that know how to speak to newbies as well as the experienced user. Also, in my case, this program is spear heading an effort to sell one of my fonts. It's that good!
Any font program takes some time to learn and can be frustrating if left to your own devices...but the forums are very active and negate a lot of that frustration.
To sum up, FontCreator is not just a software, it's a family. With a dedicated and a little nerdy (joke) users we have the most amount of fun of any software forum I've ever encountered. I've been using it for 2 years and I've only used a slice of this program's pie. I don't need or understand much of what this program's potential offers but if I ever do, I know that all I have to do is ask for help and I'll get near instant assistance. So finally, it's a great program with an even better host of supporters that take fonting very seriously but also know how to have fun!
Version 11.0 comes with a new icon set, improved support for high-resolution monitors, and numerous improvements to the glyph editor. It supports both quadratic- and cubic-based contours, and has several smart features which make it a joy to design professional fonts.