The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing - Issue 16.4 July / August 2011
5.1 is the best-in-class font editor, the flagship application that has
launched a thousand faces (and more). Not only does it excel as a
powerful and flexible font editor, it enables the serious typographer to
customize their existing fonts, add new glyphs as needed; critically
adjust kerning and spacing; convert old fonts to a new format; and more."
“Every design studio should have Fontographer 5 for its wealth of font creation, editing, fixing, and conversion abilities.”
— Macworld, 6 October 2010, rated 4.5 out of 5 Mice
“The engineers at FontLab have produced what is without question the best
upgrade ever to the venerable Fontographer program. The update of the
interface retains the familiar Fontographer feel while providing a more
modern look, and there are quite a number of improvements and new
features. It's obvious there has been a lot of thought, time and effort
put into this upgrade, and I am very grateful for all that work.
My favorite new and improved features are the character antialiasing,
OpenType and Unicode support, the ability to work with FontLab Studio
.vfb file formats and the new hinting capabilities. Just these few
things alone are going to make my workflow so much better, and they are
but a small part of the long list of improvements.
I highly recommend Fontographer 5 to anyone who is considering upgrading
from earlier versions or is considering learning how to make fonts.
Experienced users will love it, and I feel that even a new user who is
skilled with other drawing programs would quickly adapt to using it.”
— George Thomas
“Fontographer’s real innovations are below the surface. (...) Generally speaking, the Fontographer crew has delivered a solid upgrade — with some room for future improvements. (...) Fontographer’s interface is much more intuitive, understandable, and therefore more easily accessible; a clear advantage for the rookie.”
— Oliver Linke (PAGE magazine, October 2010)
(Read the full review!)
“Fontographer has served as a critical component of the font outline
creating/editing workflow for a large number of the world’s leading
type foundries for over two decades. FontLab’s recent efforts to revamp
and enhance Fontographer is important, and timely, in that it ensures
that these same type foundries can continue to use this important
application on contemporary operating systems.”
— Dr. Ken Lunde (Senior Computer Scientist, Adobe Systems Incorporated)
"Fontographer 5.0, a Font Software product from fontlab.com, gets a 5 Stars SoftSea Rating"
— Softsea.com, July 2010
"The new FOG5 is head-and-shoulders above my previous mainstay, FOG4.7. I was productive immediately, since all the familiar keyboard shortcuts and tools are still there. There are many new features, such as larger zoom(!!), enhanced Font Information settings, new formats for output (.otf for Mac and Windows), and especially the larger, clearer whole-font display. Very highly recommended for font designers -- and graphic artists who want to fine-tune or enhance a font. Works like a Mac program should. A real winner."
— Dave Thompson (President, Educational Fontware)
“Fontographer’s virtue is in its relative ease of use. For designers used to programs such as Illustrator and Photoshop, Fontographer's tools are intuitive and easy to understand.
— Computer Arts, March 2006
“What was the first Bézier drawing program for Macintosh computers? No, it wasn't Illustrator. Nor was it FreeHand. The answer is Fontographer.”
— creativepro.com, Feb 2001
“Fontographer may be largely responsible for a creative burst of type design unmatched in hundreds of years.”
— HOW Magazine, Feb 1996