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FontLab Studio


FontLab Studio

FontLab Studio 5 is our next-generation professional font editor for Mac and Windows. Used by Adobe, Apple, Bitstream, IBM, Linotype, Microsoft, Monotype, Morisawa and almost every other major font foundry in the world, it is the comprehensive solution for font foundries, professional type designers, typographers and graphic design studios, allowing them to design typefaces and create or modify fonts. FontLab Studio 5 supports all major outline font formats, including Type 1, TrueType, Multiple Master and OpenType.

UPDATED! Jul 2012: FontLab Studio 5.1.2 for Mac (compatible with Mac OS X 10.7-10.8) is now available. Download the free update to FontLab Studio 5.1.2

FontLab Studio 5 is now available for Mac and Windows!

Learn how to use FontLab Studio

  • Read an introductory article (PDF).
  • Visit our tutorials section to watch some short video tutorials about FontLab Studio, made by us and others.
  • Need to get up to speed in a hurry? Leslie Cabarga has written just the book for you: Learn Fontlab Fast! And we've made a deal  to bundle it with FontLab Studio. Just choose the LFF bundle from the order page and save a few bucks.
  • Download and study the FontLab Studio manual for more in-depth knowledge.

Click "Read more" below to see a more detailed description of FontLab Studio?s features.

FontLab Studio

Font editor for font professionals. Version 5 for Mac and Windows.

Some highlights from this release:

In-context glyph design with Neighbors and Shape groups, true tangent points, color-customized and streamlined glyph window

Revolutionary new metrics and kerning editing: multiline preview, better class kerning, smart autogeneration of classes

Pixelfont support: import BDF files and make pixelfonts, built-in autotracing

Unicode 5.0 support: SMP codepoints, auto-generate over 2,500 accented characters from built-in definitions, new Unicode glyph template images (from Monotype Imaging)

Improved OpenType support with better VOLT integration, roundtrip editing of complex-script fonts, font merging, glyph suffix renaming

Opens Mac fonts on Windows (Mac Type 1, TrueType GX/AAT) and Ikarus files

Five new printing modes, Quick Test fonts with system rendering

Open installed fonts, generate multiple fonts in one step

Redesigned preferences; save, open and exchange preference profiles and UI workspaces

Better autohinting with Flex Type 1 hints, Python 2.7 support

US$649, upgrade from 4.6 just US$99, scroll down for upgrade pricing

Note: FontLab Studio 5 can directly create OpenType Layout tables for non-complex scripts. OpenType Layout tables required for complex scripts such as Arabic, Devanagari or Thai can be added with the free Microsoft VOLT application.

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FontLab Studio Reviews

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?More stable performance, a more logical menu structure as well as numerous new useful functions such as the Trace tool, the Shape Groups as well as the Metrics and Kerning Classes constitute a noticeable advancement of FontLab Studio. If you get FontLab Studio 5, you won?t regret it.?
? PAGE, April 2006, read full review

?If you are looking to create a new font then you should really check into this application. If it can't do it then it more than likely can't be done.?
? MacNation, Nov 2003

?The program was clearly designed from the ground up with international needs in mind.?
? The LISA Newsletter: Globalization Insider

?I believe that it's worth every penny.?
? OS news online, Jan 2003

?FontLab is an impressive font editor that combines rich functionality with a streamlined interface.?
? Wow Web Designs, July 2001

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FontLab Studio Specifications

Imports fonts with up to 65,535 glyphs as OpenType PS (.otf), Win TrueType / OpenType TT (.ttf), Win Type 1 (.pfb + .pfm/.afm), ASCII/Unix Type 1 (.pfa + .afm), Mac Type 1 (LWFN as .hqx, .bin), Mac TrueType (.dfont or FFIL as .hqx, .bin), TrueType AAT (.ttf, .dfont), Win Multiple Master (.pfb + .mmm), FontLab 2.5 (.vfa), FontLab 3.0-4.6/TypeTool/AsiaFont Studio/ScanFont/FontLab Studio (.vfb), Ikarus (.ik), BDF Bitmap (.bdf). Also imports glyphs as Adobe Illustrator 8 EPS (.ai, .eps), TIFF, BMP.

Exports fonts with up to 65,535 glyphs in FLS 5.1 as OpenType PS (.otf), Win TrueType / OpenType TT (.ttf), Win Type 1 (.pfb + .pfm/.afm), ASCII/Unix Type 1 (.pfa + .afm), Win Multiple Master (.pfb + .mmm), FontLab 3.0-4.6/TypeTool/AsiaFont Studio/ScanFont/TransType/FontLab Studio/Fontographer 5 (.vfb). Also exports glyphs as Adobe Illustrator 8 EPS (.ai + .eps), TIFF, BMP. Mac version also exports Mac Type 1 (LWFN), Mac TrueType (.dfont or FFIL), Mac Multiple Master.

 

Tools: Draw, Erase, VectorPaint, Mirror, Composite, Set Startpoint, Interpolate, Envelope, Remove Overlap, Merge Contours, Subtract Contours, Snap to Guides, Check Connections, Nodes at Extremes, Meter, TrueType and Type 1 manual hinting (with Flex), Undo (100+ levels), Sketch, Knife, Magic Wand, Rotate, Skew, Scale, Intersect Contours

Filters: Actions: Bold, Outline, Sidebearings Control, Scale, Slant, Rotate, Autohint etc. Python-based filters: Digital, Shadow, Bevel, Drops, Slices, Mosaic. All filters can be applied on one or many glyphs. Actions can be also applied on multiple fonts at a time.

Windows: Document Windows: Font, Glyph, Metrics; Dockable panels: Fonts, Preview/OpenType Sample/Anchors, OpenType, Class, Edit Macro, Output; Other panels: Font Map, Transformation, Editing Layers, Properties

Encoding: Unicode (up to 6.0), Custom, ANSI, ASCII, and virtually all known codepages and encodings, Chinese, Japanese and Korean double-byte codepages. FLS 5.1 included new OpenType-compatible encodings.

Printouts: Font Table, Glyph List, Font Sample, Font Waterfall, Glyph Sample, Glyph Waterfall, Kerning Table, Quick Test

900+-page manual

Hardware requirements: 64MB RAM, SVGA Monitor, Mouse

Software requirements:

For version 5.0.4 for Windows: Microsoft Windows (2000/XP/Vista/7, 32-bit or 64-bit). Windows XP SP2 or better with Python 2.4 recommended.

For version 5.1.2 for Mac OS X: Mac OS X 10.5-10.9. (Version 5.0.4 for Mac OS X 10.3 or 10.4 is still available upon request).

Multi-seat licenses available for Keyserver or RLM license servers.

60 day money-back guarantee

 
Download FontLab Studio

Download FontLab Studio 5.1 for Mac OS X 10.5-10.8 demo version (~44MB) by clicking any one of these links (same file, different servers). Demo limitations: export and save limitations.

Download Mac demo: US1 | US2 | EU | Asia

Download the FontLab Studio 5 for Mac user manual (PDF format in a ZIP file, ~12.5 MB) by right-clicking or Ctrl+clicking one of these links and choosing "Save link as" or "Download linked file":

Download Mac manual: US1 | US2 | EU | Asia (or buy a printed hardcopy)

 

Download FontLab Studio 5.2 for Windows demo version (~4MB) by clicking any one of these links (same file, different servers). Demo limitations: export and save limitations.

Download Win demo: US1 | US2 | EU | Asia

Download Python 2.7.6 32-bit for Windows
To run Python macros in FontLab Studio 5.2.1 for Windows, you need Python 2.7.6 (32-bit) installed (even on 64-bit Windows). See our Python page for more information.

Download the FontLab Studio 5 for Windows user manual (PDF format in a ZIP file, ~12.5 MB) by right-clicking or Ctrl+clicking one of these links and choosing "Save link as" or "Download linked file":

Download Win manual: US1 | US2 | EU | Asia  (or buy a printed hardcopy)

Download the FontLab Studio 5 introductory article (PDF format, 5.3 MB) that was published in issue 14 of TYPO magazine (right-click on the link and choose Save As):

Download Introduction: US

Recommended reading: the book Learn FontLab Fast by Leslie Cabarga and the FontLab forum.

 

David Bergsland's FontLab Studio 5 Course on Udemy

David has created this great 5+ hour course on using FontLab Studio 5. It's offered here by Udemy for $99.

 


Download free fonts: FreeFont Pro | FreeSans | FreeSerif | Caty Mac | Caty Win

 
Purchase FontLab Studio

It takes up to a day to process an order. Usually we can get it done within a few hours and you will receive your serial number the same day. Occasionally it won't be until the next business day.

FontLab Studio for Mac

FontLab Studio 5.1.4 for Mac OS X + Learn FontLab Fast book - bundle US $673.95 Convert the price into another currency

FontLab Studio 5.1.4 for Mac OS X US $649.00 Convert the price into another currency

FontLab Studio 5.1.2 for Mac OS X Upgrade from FontLab 4.5/4.6  US $99.00 Convert the price into another currency Please enter your valid FontLab 4.5/4.6 serial number in the Other Notes field of the order form.

FontLab Studio 5.1.4 for Mac OS X Upgrade from FontLab 4.0, 3.x and Fontographer US $249.00 Convert the price into another currency Please enter your valid FontLab or FOG serial number in the Other Notes field of the order form.

FontLab Studio 5.1.4 for Mac OS X Upgrade for registered TypeTool users  US $559.00 Convert the price into another currency Please enter your valid TypeTool serial number in the Other Notes field of the order form.

FontLab Studio for Windows

FontLab Studio 5.2.1 for Windows + Learn FontLab Fast book - bundle US $673.95 Convert the price into another currency

FontLab Studio 5.2.1 for Windows US $649.00 Convert the price into another currency

FontLab Studio 5.2.1 for Windows Upgrade from FontLab 4.5/4.6  US $99.00 Convert the price into another currency Please enter your valid FontLab 4.5/4.6 serial number in the Other Notes field of the order form.

FontLab Studio 5.2.1 for Windows Upgrade from FontLab 4.0, 3.x and Fontographer US $299.00 Convert the price into another currency Please enter your valid FontLab or FOG serial number in the Other Notes field of the order form.

FontLab Studio 5.2.1 for Windows Upgrade for registered TypeTool users  US $559.00 Convert the price into another currency Please enter your valid TypeTool serial number in the Other Notes field of the order form.

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