Oct 2011: FontLab Studio 5.1 for Mac OS X is now available, free update for FLS5 users.
FontLab Studio 5.1 for Mac OS X is here!
This version is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, and can also be used on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard. It is a 32-bit Universal (Intel & PowerPC) Carbon application for Mac OS X.
If you own a license and a valid serial number for FontLab Studio 5 for Mac, you can download and install the free update to FontLab Studio 5.1. If you?re running Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6, you can install FLS 5.1 along your existing FLS 5.0.4, and use them both at the same time. Note: the current 5.1 version has build number 4311, and it?s only available for Mac OS X. For Windows, FLS 5.0.4 is still the current version.
For more information, please visit the FontLab Studio page.
Changes in FontLab Studio 5.1 vs. 5.0.4
New and updated encodings and data files
FLS 5.1 ships with updated versions of the Unicode-to-glyphname mapping files (standard.nam and several others), updated vendors.dat, updated tags.txt, as well as a largely revamped set of standard encoding files. Included is a set of new "OpenType" encoding files ("OpenType Standard", "OpenType LatPro", "OpenType LatPro SC", "OpenType LatCyrGrk" etc.) which are suitable as a basis for designing OpenType fonts. Rather than the old "afii" naming scheme, all the encoding files use the new "uni" naming scheme.
On Intel Macs, FLS 5.1 runs much faster than 5.0.4. For example, Action Sets run approx. 2.5 times faster in 5.1 than in 5.0.4, running on Mac OS 10.6.8.
Creating OpenType fonts with up to 65,535 glyphs
FontLab Studio 5.1 has no longer the 6,400 glyph limit. It allows you to open, save and generate fonts with up to 65,535 glyphs.
Improved OpenType Layout support through FEA 2.5
The Adobe FDK for OpenType (AFDKO) version 2.5 library is integrated in 5.1 (as opposed to 1.6 in 5.0.4). This means that you can use FEA 2.5 syntax that supports mark attachment or "sub fi by f i" type of statements, as well as "script DFLT". Note: some changes may be required in your OpenType feature definition code to make them compile.
New Clean up paths feature
The "Clean up paths" algorithm from Fontographer is integrated. It's available through the Action / Action Set dialogs (in the Contour group of the dialogs as "CleanUp"). This algorithm is not MM-compatible, unlike "Optimize". For single-master fonts, however, it will deliver different, sometimes better, results, than "Optimize".
Windows-native TrueType hinting preview
In the TrueType Hinting / TrueType Preview panel, the little chequer icon lets you switch between additional rasterizers. One highlight is the addition of the native Microsoft TrueType rasterizers, which will let you preview the TrueType hinting exactly as it will appear on Windows in non-ClearType mode. The MS B&W rasterizer is the same as used in the black-and-white Windows rendering mode. The MS Grayscale rasterizer is the same as used in the grayscale rendering mode. Note that those rasterization modes are not sensitive to the "gasp" table settings in Font Info. If you have hand-hinted fonts, please go ahead and test these rasterizers. The MS rasterizers run much faster so any changes to the manual TrueType hinting are instantly visible.
Improved Python integration
FLS 5.1 build 4311 integrates with the "current" version of Python, i.e. 2.5 on Mac OS X 10.5, 2.6 on 10.6, and 2.7 on 10.7, while PP1 integrated with Python 2.5, and FLS 5.0.4 integrated with Python 2.3.
...as well as numerous bugfixes and improvements.