koeiekat said toto@k22 said
Just like everything else, it is a matter of getting used to. Fontlab is very easy to use.
But has a (very) steep learning curve
It is the first font editor that I got hold of and liked it. I even found it intuitive. I do not know about the steep learning curve but I did not notice it. I learned how to use Fontlab by actually using it and learned new things as I go along. I can't draw in Illustrator but I can draw in Fontlab. Anyway, I am not an artist just someone who likes to mess around with fonts.
However, I might have a different opinion if I learned to use another font editor first, like Font Creator or Fontographer or FontForge. What sometimes make things complicated with using a new program is when you start looking for something you were used to doing in another program. If you do not carry that extra baggage, learning a new program will probably be easier.
- the concept of font height is more complicated but one can grasp the way Fontlab has implemented it
Although you can't do this to all fonts, keeping the sum of the extreme points of the tallest and lowest structures in the font not to exceed the UPM will help make your font behave better when used with other fonts.
Your line spacing is controlled by the vertical metrics. Go to to FontInfo -> Metrics -> TrueType specific metrics
and set the correct values there. Clicking the recalculate button will make things easier for you. The settings here are also applied to OTF fonts.
- the concept of scaling a font in fontlab is non-existent - its all buried in mumbo jumbo
I am not sure if I got this right but you can scale a glyph or an entire font in Fontlab. Tools -> Action -> Contour -> Scale
will do that but you might be referring to something else. There is another way to scale glyphs but it would be better if we don't make it complicated.
(and why is fontlab so complicated ?)
Just like everything else, it is a matter of getting used to. Fontlab is very easy to use.
Edited 2 times. Last edit on Nov 29, 2015 at 17:45 by toto@k22
Anyway I would like to ask again if my font it's going to be released.
Acceptance of font submission at Dafont is not automatic. Someone here looks at the font and is only accepted after evaluation. You will receive an email if it is accepted.
Did you submit your font on or after October 12? If you did, nothing has been added yet to Dafont since that date. Check the date at http://www.dafont.com/new.php
often for when new fonts were added. If you see that the site was updated after October 12 and you have not received an acceptance email, go to http://www.dafont.com/profile.php?user=2
and send a private message. Ask them what is wrong with your font so that you can fix the problem and resubmit the font. And when you do that means another waiting game for you.
Well, it's not unicode... it can't write letters like ě, which I need
You wouldn't be able to know if a font has Central or Eastern European characters here at Dafont unless that is indicated in the author's notes. Dafont only documents the characters in the Latin-1 code page.
Baar Sophia only has a Latin 1 character set but none of the Central or East European characters. The term "not unicode" is not correct because a Unicode is properly assigned to all glyphs/characters in the font. The font just does not have the characters you need.
If you are using Firefox, get DownThemAll from https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/downthemall/
There is probably a similar add-on for Chrome and other browsers. You let the app take care of making sure that the download is complete. It will also make downloads faster for sites that allow multiple connections.
I am also on wi-fi and I have no problems downloading large and small files.
Try it if it will work for you. It is very easy to remove the addon if you don't like it.
Personal guarantee that there is no sharp corners
I doubt though that that's what you are looking for
Seriously, have a look at this
IIRC I made all corners rounded but I am not sure if it's rounded enough for you.
Some allow that, others don't. The best way for you to find out is to get in touch with the font author.
Send the author an email if the email address is available. Send him a PM here if the author has enabled the feature.
I thought it is a policy here to have at least a complete A-Z or a-z in submitted fonts.
Submit a font
Diffusion on this site is not automatic. It is a selection, each font is submitted to review.
Fonts must include at least an A-Z character set.
Fonts available for a limited time only are not accepted.
When did you submit your font?
The last time new fonts were added here was on July 30th. If you submitted your fonts on or after July 30th, then wait till new fonts are next added to the site. If new fonts were added and your fonts are still not up, get in touch with the admin here and ask for clarification.
How would you know when new fonts are added to the site? Go to http://www.dafont.com/new.php
and see the posting date at the top of the listing on page 1.
Are you on Windows? Then Alt+0159 or Alt+0178 or Alt+0179 or Alt+0185 should give you that star in a circle.
That's done by pressing the Alt key, hold it down and type the four digit number in your keyboard's numeric keypad. Remember to set the font to Day Stencil before you type those alt key combinations.
Since no one seems to see your image other than you, why not download the image from Instagram and upload it to http://postimg.org
and post here the image direct link URL
Edited on Jul 13, 2015 at 18:24 by toto@k22
IMO exporting to PNG is a waste of time. In Fontlab, you need to convert the PNG to bitmap before you can import and trace it. You can also use an autotracer to do the job for you. Both ways, it is going to need a lot of hard work. It is kind of repeating the same thing all over again. If the app can export to a vector format, then you will make things a lot simpler. Only being given the ability to export to PNG is not worth the upgrade. You are going to get the same end result by using a pencil and paper.
Get that app of yours to export vectors and that will become very interesting.
I'd like to give your app a spin but I do not have a smart phone and I doubt if it will work on my dumb phone (Nokia 5110)
Hi! I have a question too. So, a friend of mine is opening an online store with women's cloths, accessories etc and she uses a font "for personal use only" as a logo font - that is a commercial use of it, right?
Sorry, I'm confused. Which fonts she can use?
Yes, that's commercial use.
She can still use that font if she likes it but she will have to get the font author's consent. If the font author requires your friend to pay a commercial license fee, she will have to do that. If the fee is not acceptable to her, then she has to drop the font and look for something else.
Which fonts can she use? Everything here at Dafont. It is just that some fonts have strings attached.
If I buy your experimental typography for 20 Euros, what would it be good for?
Hang on the wall? Anything else? I am just wondering how it could be used since the way I understood it is that your shop is only selling prints.
I hope the 20 Euro price tag includes free shipping of the prints to China.
She has a website http://theantonios.typepad.com/ma_fonts/
There's a PayPal link there. If you do not hear from here, click on that PayPal link and show her some love.
Fake Bully said
Can i use font 100% free for commercial use?
If you know the email address of the author of the font, send him an email and ask him if you can use the font for commercial purposes.
If private messaging here at Dafont is enabled for the font author, send him a private message and ask.
See if there is a text file inside the ZIP file that you downloaded here at Dafont where the font author might have stated his conditions for the use of the font.
See the font's copyright field if the font author left any instructions there. The copyright, however, is not shown in the Font Viewer of Win7 .
You might want to consider how Brittney Murphy does it. She has all her fonts available here at Dafont as Free for personal use (http://www.dafont.com/brittney-murphy.d2425
) and the same fonts are available at CreativeMarket for $5 each (https://creativemarket.com/brittneymurphy
Edited on Mar 25, 2015 at 03:21 by toto@k22
I believe the author is very precise when it comes to what he wants. Please see http://www.dafont.com/good-karma.font
I suggest that you get in touch with the author, disclose how you are going to use the font and get the full version which comes with a license to use the font commercially. To give you an idea how much the donation would be, the prices of his fonts at https://www.myfonts.com/foundry/MyHandwritings/
range from $5 to $25.
As for the term donationware, you have to make a donation to use it commercially or any use that is no longer private use. The amount is usually for you to determine unless
the author has fixed an amount to donate or the author requests that you get in touch with him first as in the case of Good Karma
@explogos.com Fonts2u does not read that.
Since a fonts2u link seems to be not acceptable here, so just go there and search for my font Mallary, then scroll down until you see the entry for the License of the font. Now, do you really think people there reads what is on their pages?
Their robots probably leech from Dafont, unpack the zip, get the info for the pages and store in a database, strip everything except the font and repack it. Everything could be done without human intervention. The only thing the human there probably does is wait for the ad revenues to arrive and spend it.
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