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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.