Fontlab Ltd., 136 E 8th St., Port Angeles, WA 98362 USA

Fontlab Ltd. Introduces First Full Font UnicodeFont Editor

AsiaFont Studio 3 edits fonts with more than 65,000 glyphs!

For Immediate Release
Monday, March 11, 2002

Contact: Ted Harrison

Fontlab Ltd.

Tel: 1 (509) 272-3260

ted@fontlab.com
 

Millersville, MD - Fontlab Ltd., the leading developer of digital typography tools, announced today its release of AsiaFont Studio 3. This outstanding new font editor, the successor to FontLab Composer, brings a major technological advance to the field of typography: for the first time designers of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Unicode fonts will be able to edit a complete font of more than 65,000 characters with Unicode indices of up to 4 bytes. While this will be particularly valuable for Chinese font makers who will now be able to easily use all the characters in recent Unicode extensions, AFS3 can edit any TrueType, Type 1, or OpenType font in any script in the world, including Arabic, Hebrew, Thai, Sanskrit , etc.

In addition, this new version of AsiaFont Studio includes a new macro language scripting capability that allows the user to write their own macros in the popular Python scripting language for conversion or manipulation of selected character ranges or whole fonts. This opens the door to vast time savings as users will be able to write simple scripts to perform tasks which previously required tedious character by character modifications.

AFS3 also provides access to the OpenType font format for CJKVU fonts. This gives graphic designers, desktop publishers, printers, and authors access to the flexibility and power of the OpenType, including glyph substitution and all other OpenType tables currently supported in applications. Users will now be able to create fonts that can automatically substitute ligatures, fractions, small caps, and alternative forms of letters in page layout programs and other applications which support OpenType

Other improved features include:

Keyboard and IME input for virtually every language in the world (with Windows 2000 or XP)

Vertical preview for strings of Chinese or Japanese characters

Automated conversion of CID fonts to OpenType format with Unicode assignment and automatic generation of vertical substitution tables

Sophisticated VectorPaint tools and Sketch-tools for easy character drawing

Native TrueType and Type 1 vector editors

Manual and automatic kerning

Manual and automatic hinting

TrueType delta hinting

Supports all language code pages, Unicode ranges, encodings and scripts

Customizable interface


AsiaFont Studio 3 retails for US $1999.00 and current users of FontLab composer get a special US$999 upgrade offer. The Windows version will begin shipping immediately. The Macintosh version will follow within a few months. Hardware requirements include 64MB Ram (256MB recommended), SVGA monitor, and a mouse. Software requirements include Windows 98/NT/2000/XP (XP is recommended for full Unicode compatibility). All products from Fontlab carry a 60-day satisfaction guarantee.

Fontlab Ltd. has remained at the forefront of digital typography tool technology by specializing in font editors and typography products. Their full line of products is dedicated to solving the most complex typography issues. These products include: FontLab™, AsiaFont Studio, ScanFont™, TypeTool™, SigMaker™, TransType™, CompoCompiler, BitFonter and FONmaker. More information on all FontLab products can be seen at www.fontlab.biz.

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