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SigMaker


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An affordable font utility that allows users to turn any image such as a scanned signature, a corporate logo or a digital photo into a font that can be easily used in any wordprocessing or graphic application ― all in six easy steps.

You can either add a glyph to an existing font or create a glyph on its own ? as a SING glyphlet for Adobe InDesign or as an OpenType fontlet for any other application.

SigMaker 3 highlights

Add a signature, logo or symbol to any existing font

Each computer font consists of graphical characters called glyphs. With SigMaker, you can easily create glyphs on your own, from photos, drawings, scanned signatures or company logos, and add them to any of the OpenType (new in version 3) or TrueType fonts that are installed on your system, at a character slot (keyboard position) of your choice.

Create single-glyph fonts ("fontlets")

Placing a scanned signature or a company logo in a ?fontlet? (new in version 3) is an affordable and universal way to include these graphics in documents ― without the fuss of graphic format conversion. Since a ?fontlet? is a normal OpenType font, it can be used on both Mac and Windows, in practically every application! Also, keying in a special character is often faster and easier than importing and placing a graphic file, especially if the process needs to be repeated.

Create Adobe InDesign-compatible SING glyphlets

Another exciting new feature of SigMaker 3 is the ability to create SING glyphlets. The SING architecture was developed by Adobe to solve the ?gaiji? problem in Chinese, Japanese and Korean typography. In those languages, characters sometimes have graphical variants that represent personal names or places. These variants, called ?gaiji? in Japanese, typically are not included in the standard fonts. The SING architecture enables users to extend their Asian fonts with new ?glyphlets? ― glyph objects that can be associated with fonts without actually modifying them. SING glyphlets are currently supported in Adobe InDesign CS2 and CS3.

Spice up your presentations and documents with custom symbols

SigMaker also opens possibilities for new kinds of visual communication: adding icons or custom bullet points to your texts can increase the readability, and replacing some common words or proper names with their graphic representation can be a fun factor.

 

SigMaker

Turn images, logos and signatures into fonts. Version 3.0 for Mac and Windows.

May 2008: SigMaker is now available in English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese!

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Six easy steps

Step 1. Select a font to which you would like to add your glyph or that will be used together with your free-standing glyph.

Step 2. Open and image file with your photo, signature or logo. Adjust the image (invert, crop, rotate) until it looks fine.

Step 3. Choose a character position (keystroke combination) for your new glyph.

Step 4. Adjust the dimensions of the image.

Step 5. Set the name of the font.

Step 6. Save the modified font; and you're done.

Tutorials

View the SigMaker 3 video tutorial on Vimeo:

Reviews

The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing , Issue12.6, December 2007. 

BlogCritics Magazine , 1 Nov 2007 

The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing, Issue 10.4 July/August 2005

ZDnet Hotfiles, March 26 1998 online at http://hotfiles.zdnet.com

 

 
Download SigMaker

Download demo version of SigMaker 3 for Mac OS X (English) by clicking (or R-clicking/ctrl-clicking) any one of these links (same file, different servers). Demo limitation: adds FL logo to some characters on export.

Download Mac demo: US1 | US2 | EU | Asia

Download user manual for SigMaker 3 for Mac OS X (PDF format) by right-clicking or Ctrl+clicking one of these links and choosing "Save link as" or "Download linked file":

Download Mac English manual: US1 | US2 | EU | Asia
Download Mac German manual: US1 | EU
Download Mac French manual: US1 | EU
Download Mac Spanish manual: US1 | EU
Download Mac Japanese manual: US1 | Asia
Download Mac Chinese manual: US1 | Asia

Download demo version of SigMaker 3 for Windows (English) version by clicking (or R-clicking/ctrl-clicking) any one of these links (same file, different servers). Demo limitation: adds FL logo to some characters on export.

Download Win demo: US1 | US2 | EU | Asia

Download user manual for SigMaker 3 for Windows (PDF format) by right-clicking or Ctrl+clicking one of these links and choosing "Save link as" or "Download linked file":

Download Win English manual: US1 | US2 | EU | Asia
Download Win German manual: US1 | EU
Download Win French manual: US1 | EU
Download Win Spanish manual: US1 | EU
Download Win Japanese manual: US1 | Asia
Download Win Chinese manual: US1 | Asia

View online tutorial (QuickTime, 6.9 MB) If you don't have QuickTime, download it.

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

 
Purchase SigMaker

Unless there is something unusual about your order you will receive a download link and serial number immediately.

SigMaker 3 for Mac OS X
select your language version:

Mac English US $29.95 Convert the price into another currency
Mac German+French+Spanish US $44.95 Convert the price into another currency
Mac Japanese US $44.95 Convert the price into another currency
Mac Chinese US $9.95 Convert the price into another currency

SigMaker 3 for Windows
select your language version:

Win English US $29.95 Convert the price into another currency
Win German+French+Spanish US $44.95 Convert the price into another currency
Win Japanese US $44.95 Convert the price into another currency
Win Chinese US $9.95 Convert the price into another currency

NOTE: The German, French, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese language versions of SigMaker come with a fully-localized user interface and user manual, but we conduct all our correspondence (including pre-sales and technical support) in English only.

 
SigMaker Specifications

Imports font formats: OpenType PS (.otf), OpenType TT/TrueType (.ttf), Mac TrueType (Mac version only).

Imports image formats: PNG, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, Illustrator 3-8 EPS, Illustrator 3-8 AI, BMP (Windows version only), PICT (Mac version only), PDF (Mac version only).

Export Format: OpenType PS (.otf), OpenType TT/TrueType (.ttf), Mac TrueType (Mac version only), Adobe SING glyphlets.

User manual

Hardware requirements: 64MB RAM, SVGA monitor, Mouse

Software requirements: For Windows version: Microsoft Windows (95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista/Win7, 32 or 64 bit). For Mac version: Mac OS X (10.3?10.6). IMPORTANT! See the note about Mac OS X 10.7 Lion compatibility!

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