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Upgrade from FontLab VI: $99 (free if bought after August 1, 2019!).
From FontLab Studio 5: $199. From Fontographer 5: $229. From TypeTool 3, Glyphs, RoboFont: $415.

New in FontLab 7

Auto OpenType features

Equalize uneven stems

Edit all masters

Centerline & thickness

Batch glyph renaming

Conditional glyphs

Quick Help

Fix kerning clashes

Precision dragging • VF intermediate masters • Parametric GPOS • PDF • JSON • CFF2 • STAT
FontLab 7 is constantly evolving! • 7.0.07.0.17.1.07.1.17.1.27.1.3and much more

Discover FontLab 7

Our pro font editor FontLab 7, works on macOS 10.12–10.15, on macOS 11 Big Sur, macOS 12 Monterey, and Windows 7–10. It is the follow-up to FontLab VI, and carries the proud legacy of FontLab Studio 5 and Fontographer. Since the original release of FontLab 7 in December 2019, we’ve added or improved over 250 features!

Boost your design productivity

With FontLab 7, you can edit curves precisely without zooming (Cmd/Ctrl+drag), improve consistency of the weight (thickness measurement, equalize uneven stems), quickly create kerning classes (now also both-sided) and fix clashing kerning combinations.

FontLab 7 fully supports variable fonts. You can open and export both CFF2- and TrueType VFs, with intermediate glyph masters and conditional glyph substitution, avar axis mapping and STAT axis instances. You can view multiple masters at the same time (as overlaid wireframes, and as cousins on the sides), and edit them (Edit across Layers, Match when Editing).

FontLab 7 now understands glyph naming from other font editors, and can automatically generate OpenType features based on different glyph naming schemes (it’s easy to batch-rename glyphs, too!).

Best FontLab ever

Built on a solid 64-bit foundation, FontLab 7 runs smoothly on macOS Catalina, on Windows 10, on older systems, and even on Linux! FontLab 7 focuses on stability, productivity and technical excellence. We’ve incorporated countless user requests, as well as some of our ideas that didn’t make it into the previous release.

Turn your ideas into shipping fonts

FontLab 7 is versatile and battle-proven.

Designers from all over the world have used the app to create massive variable font families (Grand Gothik by Parachute, Circe Slab by Alexandra Korolkova & Oleksa Volochay / ParaType, Fact by Alexandra Korolkova & Manvel Shmavonyan / ParaType, Bolyar Sans by Jordan Jelev & Vassil Kateliev / Fontmaker), ambitious historical revivals (CAL Bodoni by Dave Lawrence / California Type Foundry), decorative one-offs (Wanchy by Matthijs Herzberg), and color OpenType fonts like the titling font for the Joker movie by Chad Danieley.

Learn the tricks

Many open-source font projects have been made with FontLab.

Download the VFC/VFJ work files and explore the techniques used by the designers: Lato by Łukasz Dziedzic, Graduate by Eduardo Tunni, Science Gothic by Thomas Phinney, Brandon Buerkle, Igor Freiberger, Vassil Kateliev, Secuela by Fernando Haro / deFharo, or Optician Sans by Fábio Duarte Martins / Scannerlicker & ANTI Hamar.

When you run FontLab 7, hold F1 over a user interface element, and let the new Quick Help tell you more about it.

Draw type swiftly and surely

Users love FontLab’s drawing tools. new In FontLab 7, you can draw more smoothly, bring in existing artwork, and keep the balance between consistency and precision.

Equalize uneven stems with FontAudit

Working on perfect weight consistency in all glyphs? Find & automatically equalize irregular stems that are uneven within a glyph, or uncommon glyph stems that differ from predefined font stems. Find nearly flat curves and automatically convert them to lines.

see Irregular stem video

View centerline & thickness with Quick measurement

Centering a guide or anchors over a stem? View the automatic centerline. Making a perfectly parallel slanted stem? Visualize stem thickness change with Thickness rainbow. Measuring by numbers? View numeric distance at both ends of opposing contour segments.

see Quick measurement video

Precision drag and keyboard improvements

Tired of constantly zooming in to make tiny adjustments? Try precision dragging! Hold Cmd (Mac) or Ctrl (Win), and drag a node or handle by a small distance, and the point moves by a predefined fraction of your pointer movement. Drag further, and the point catches up to the pointer.

see Precision dragging video

Shift-drag points more flexibly. Turn on the new editing preference, then first hold Shift, then mouse button, and drag node to add it to selection and move all with constraints; or first hold mouse button, then Shift, and drag node to deselect and move just the node with constraints.

Draw elsewhere with ease

Using another vector drawing app? Import PDF vector artwork, paste from drawing apps like Affinity Designer or Sketch. Immediately edit artwork pasted from Illustrator. More faithfully convert SVG into editable contours.

Making a font from scans or photos? Paste or import bitmap images, then fit them between predefined heights or keep original size. Better convert them into smooth, optimized contours with vastly improved Autotrace.

Do more with keyboard

When you move nodes with arrow keys, hold Ctrl to nudge neighboring handles, or hold Alt to keep handles in place. Shift-click anchors to select them along contours, and move them together with arrow keys. Hold F1 over the Contour toolbar icon to learn about contour editing keyboard shortcuts!

Other design improvements

Trying to match handle placement in Mask layer? Set a preference to hide or show handles in Mask, and in inactive layers.

Haven’t decided on the final spacing? Tap the ; (semicolon) key as you edit a glyph to instantly give it reasonable sidebearings via autospacing.

Making a series of glyph operations? Run a series of Actions on many glyphs and masters, one by one.


“Drawing is a joy: FontLab has the best drawing tools I’ve ever seen, and they just got better!”
— Fábio Duarte Martins
Scannerlicker
, designer of Optician Sans, Electrica & Grafista

Friendly names & features

OpenType features are great for small caps, ligatures, fractions and variants.
new In FontLab 7, you can create them without looking at a single line of code!

Auto OpenType features

Don’t like code? Name your glyphs according to one of many common conventions, and let FontLab 7 automatically build OpenType features supported by your font. Love code? Use the improved Features panel to mix automatic and custom feature code, and to view short developer notes for each feature.

see Auto features video

Batch glyph renaming

Tired of decoding “uni20AC”? Quickly rename all or selected glyphs (and their mentions in features, classes and autolayer recipes): choose between hand-curated Friendly, Production and Alternative naming schemes, or use your own renaming table.

Copy glyph names (or autolayer recipes) with new Copy Text As , then paste them into encoding files, feature files, Python scripts or spreadsheets.

Test language-specific features

Making Serbian Cyrillic variants? Test language-specific OpenType features such as locl in Glyph window text mode, the Preview panel and the Sketchboard text frames.

Variable GPOS features with parameters

Interpolable contextual kerning? No problem! Add your own lookups to kerning and other positioning features. Use per-master numeric Font Info parameters to create variable positioning GPOS features such as cpsp or kern.

“If you want to make more fonts faster and better and if you want to stay ahead of the competition, go with FontLab 7. My favorite parts of FontLab are auto layers (set-it-and-forget-it for components letters), glyph masters (fine-tune the d, b, p, q, 6 and 9 between your masters without having to fix the exports!), FontAudit (quickly fix kinks in the intermediates).
Using these features, I was able to create an average of 167 ornamental glyphs (in two weights) per day. By automating much of the grunt work, I think I’m doing some of the best work of my life.”
— Dave Lawrence
California Type Foundry, designer of CAL Bodoni & CAL Zed

Variable mastery

FontLab helps you make your glyphs variable. new In FontLab 7, you can design multiple masters at once, and export families and spec-compliant variable OpenType fonts.

View all masters

Designing an interpolable family or a variable font? Make some masters visible to see them overlaid as colored wireframes that show nodes, handles and master relations.

View all masters in a glyph, arranged horizontally or vertically, with Master Cousins.

View visible masters of the current glyph, and their interpolations, with Matchmaker and Echo text in a second Glyph window.

Ensure master matching

Draw once, adjust later! Copy contours, metrics expressions or anchor locations from current master to all masters with one click.

Making changes across masters? Turn on Match when Editing, then add or remove nodes or guides, and FontLab 7 will repeat these operations on all masters, keeping them compatible. Turn on Edit across Layers & Elements, then select and move nodes and handles in all visible masters in one go.

Looking for glyphs with non-matching masters? Expand Layers & Masters in the Font window sidebar and click the last entry.

Manage Font Info easily

Want all settings for all masters in one place? See and edit Font Info for all masters in the Overview table. Copy-paste Font Info pages between different fonts and masters.

Sort masters and instances flexibly by axis location or name. Easily relocate multiple masters or instances on an axis.

Conditional glyph substitutions and intermediate masters

The cross bar in “e” too thick in intermediate weights? Add a glyph master in Variations panel, adjust, and seamlessly export into variable OpenType fonts.

Want an alternate “$” for bolder weights? Assign tilde tags (e.g. ~wt>700) to glyphs that should replace other glyphs in some regions of the design space, and export these conditional glyphs into variable and static fonts, and as DesignSpace+UFO rules.

see Conditional substitution video

Export spec-compliant variable OpenType fonts

Non-linear weight progression? Sure! Precisely map from your own variation design coordinates into standardized OpenType Variations user coordinates with the new avar -table compatible axis graph.

Planning 135 instances, or perhaps just 18? Name key locations on each axis, and export these “axis instances” as a variable STAT table, or use them to define a “matrix” of predefined instances with one click.

Not just TrueType-based variable fonts! Open and export Variable PS (CFF2 -based .otf, beta-quality) fonts.

“Great stuff! FontLab 7 is very stable. Congrats to the FontLab team. Conditional glyphs are a great feature!”
— Eduardo Rodríguez Tunni
Tipo, designer of Graduate, Pathway & Changa

Kern like a king

In FontLab, you can kern in a comfortable multi-line window that feels like a text editor. new Enjoy better class kerning in FontLab 7, and easily find clashing combinations!

Kern words in priority

Want to kern your Latin-script font? Step through the new built-in kerning words with the Pairs & Phrases panel to check the most popular “kernable” combinations.

Flexible class kerning

Want to kern some glyphs like some other glyphs? Instantly add selected glyphs to a kerning class or build a new one with Set 1st/2nd kerning class. Create a new both-sided kerning class for glyphs that should have identical kerning on both sides, or convert an existing 1st or 2nd class into a both-sided class.

Find visual kerning clashes with Audit Exceptions

Class-based kerning pairs may cause visual clashes in some combinations such as “Tỳ”. Find these collisions with Audit exceptions — and automatically turn them into kerning exceptions!

Other kerning improvements

Run common kerning operations in the new Font > Kerning menu, or the Kerning mode context menu, and assign custom keyboard shortcuts to them.

Discover FontLab 7 as you work

FontLab is mighty. new F1 tells you all about it.

In FontLab, you can draw smooth, consistent glyphs, autotrace bitmaps, create overlaps, simplify paths, equalize stems, scale outlines while keeping stroke thickness. You can draw in fractional or integer coordinates, see view numeric and visual measurements, find & fix contour imperfections. You can space and kern in multi-line tabs or windows that feel like a text editor. You can create, open, extend, test and export font families, variable OpenType fonts, color fonts and web fonts for any Unicode writing system. And you can interchange with other font editing apps, and collaborate with their users.

That’s all built into FontLab! But with great power comes an extensive user interface. So… have you ever wondered: what does this button do?

Let FontLab 7 help you : move your pointer over a user interface element (a button, a text field, a panel) and hold F1 (or Fn+F1), and our new Quick Help system will show a longer description.

“I’ll put it simply: FontLab 7 is superb!
What’s not to love? The best vector engine for drawing and manipulation I have seen in ages. Rock-steady interpolation engine that is also compliant with variable OpenType fonts. Start with an excellent multi-paradigm approach to type design – old-school outlines, element references, components, auto-generated glyphs, or all of them combined.
Sprinkle on top a handful of nifty tricks to speed up your work like auto layers or auto OpenType feature generation. Combine that with a super powerful Python based API (that I actually use a lot). Let’s not forget multi-platform: a fact that I consider very important.
The new FontLab is an endless ocean of opportunities — you get an app for every taste and workflow. (...) Many saw the FontLab VI roller-coaster development as a deal breaker. But I must say that the new FontLab 7 finally feels really mature. Don’t take my word for granted — it is obvious that I am a devotee. Just give it a try, and see for yourself!”
— Vassil Kateliev
Karandash type foundry, The FontMaker, developer of TypeRig

FontLab 7 Highlights

Your pro font editor. new Better every day.

Since FontLab VI

Between FontLab VI 6.1.4 in April 2019 and FontLab 7.0.0 in December 2019, we have added or improved over 250 features. Below are some highlights.

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Editing glyph drawings

  • Precision dragging of nodes, handles and selections with Cmd or Ctrl without the need to zoom in
  • View the centerline between two opposing segments with Quick measurement
  • View the thickness at both ends of opposing segments, and visualize the thickness change with a colorful rainbow using Quick measurement
  • See handles in Mask and inactive layers
  • Move anchors together with contour selections
  • Nudge and move nodes and selections with keyboard more easily
  • Shift-drag points more flexibly

Glyph design

  • Find and fix uneven (irregular and uncommon) stems with FontAudit
  • Find nearly flat curves and convert them to lines with FontAudit
  • Get much better fixing results from many FontAudit tests
  • Copy-paste and import PDF vector artwork
  • Paste monochrome vectors as simple contours for immediate editing
  • Make SVG Editable with more faithful results
  • Automatically fit pasted bitmaps between font metrics
  • Turn bitmaps into contours with vastly improved Autotrace
  • Quickly run a series of Actions on many glyphs and masters one by one

Glyphs and OpenType

  • One-click automatic generation of OpenType features
  • Friendly glyph names and batch glyph renaming
  • Choose between replace or append when pasting in Font window
  • Add a glyph to your font with the simple New Glyph command
  • Toggle Auto Layers for all masters and multiple glyphs
  • Copy glyph names and recipes with new Copy Text As
  • Test language-dependent OpenType features (locl)
  • Write interpolable GPOS features with Font Info > Parameters (cpsp, contextual kern)
  • Edit important properties of the current glyph in the Font window bottom status bar

Metrics and Kerning

  • Link metrics for many glyphs in the Glyph panel
  • Quickly autospace or autokern your glyph with the ; key
  • Kern glyphs like other glyphs with Set Kerning Classes
  • Define both-sided kerning classes
  • Find visual conflicts (clashes) in class kerning and convert them into exceptions with Audit Kerning
  • Kern most popular “kernable” combinations and easily manage word lists with the Pairs & Phrases panel
  • Access common Metrics and Kerning operations from Glyph window context menu

Fonts and Variations

  • Open and export CFF2-based Variable PS (.otf) fonts
  • Draw with multiple masters shown as colored wireframes for easy reference
  • View all masters while editing with master Cousins
  • See contour matching and node numbers with the Matchmaker tool
  • Export intermediate glyph masters into Variable OpenType fonts (e.g. :wt=650)
  • Export conditional glyph substitutions (rvrn/rules) with tilde glyph tags (e.g. ~wt>850)
  • Copy-paste Font Info between fonts and masters
  • Edit Font Info in a concise tabular Overview
  • Sort masters and instances flexibly by axis or name
  • Easily rename masters in Font Info > Masters
  • Change interpolation coordinates per axis, and other info, for multiple masters or instances at once
  • Map your interpolation coordinates to Variable OpenType user coordinates (avar) with all-new Axis Graph
  • Use named locations on each axis (axis instances) to create a variable STAT table, or to build a “matrix” of predefined instances
  • See glyphs with non-matching masters in the Font window sidebar

Other

  • Hold F1/Fn+F1 over a user interface element to see longer Quick Help explanations
  • Manually add hints with the Magnet tool
  • Many detailed improvements in UFO3 and .glyphs import/export
  • New JSON-based human-readable clipboard format
  • One-click install TypeRig, a mighty FontLab 7 Python extension that facilitates batch work with layers, contours, metrics, anchors, guides and texts

Try FontLab

There never was better time to give FontLab 7 a try. The 30-day trial version lets you use the full power of the pro font editor. Once the trial period ends, the app switches to a demo mode that acts as a powerful font viewer.

Since FontLab 7.0.0

We love type design and font making, and we love our users. We’re listening to your feedback, and we keep making FontLab better every single day.

We regularly publish free updates where we fix problems and issues reported by users, and improve the app. Since we published 7.0.0 in December 2019, we have added or improved more than 370 features! See some highlights below. We’re also working on new tutorials and better documentation.

FontLab 7.2.0

  • New Rotate, Scale and Slant tools
  • Adaptive freeform grid with Suggest distance
  • Per-font rounded or fractional coordinates
  • Flexible dynamic instance
  • 30× faster interpolation
  • Powerful attached and variable components
  • Visual proofing and better editing of features
  • Microsoft VOLT integration
  • Font window filtering by flag and name suffix
  • Better UFO 3 and .glyphs 2 and 3 interchange

see more

FontLab 7.1.4

  • Easily add variation (master & axis) to existing font
  • Export features to Microsoft VOLT
  • Keep stem thickness when changing width or height
  • Redesigned Actions
  • Preview interpolation steps
  • Preview change weight
  • Improved Preview panel design
  • Control pressure-sensitive brush
  • Better Metrics Table
  • Better multi-monitor support
  • Updated Friendly and Alternative glyph names

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FontLab 7.1.3

  • View angles with Knife
  • View details across glyphs
  • Improved Remove Overlap
  • Control pressure-sensitive brush
  • Redesigned Preview panel
  • Reinterpolate master from other masters
  • Preview multiple masters as lines or glyphs
  • Preview interpolation steps
  • Preview change weight
  • Use custom or dynamic auto layers
  • Create or make blank glyphs
  • Quickly add contours from an existing element to the current
  • Change opacity of guides and font dimension lines
  • Annotate your glyphs visually with simple stickers
  • Streamlined linked metrics
  • Better export of classes
  • Export OTFs with only y-direction (horizontal) hints
  • Better multi-monitor support
  • Fresh Toolbar and many user interface tweaks

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FontLab 7.1.2

  • Use friendly glyph names when you add new glyphs
  • See length of diagonal handles and line segments
  • Easily link a sidebearing to the opposite sidebearing
  • Easily remove metric expressions across masters
  • Font export and batch automation with Python scripting
  • Choose how FontLab decompiles OT classes and substitutions
  • Shift anchors with contours
  • Customize appearance of anchors and pins
  • Make SVG Editable more faithfully
  • Drag-drop .glif files
  • Better drag-drop of many vector and bitmap artwork files
  • Copy-paste improvements
  • See and fix invalid components with FontAudit
  • Use the same element for filled shapes and for unfilled counters
  • Combine and join contours across elements
  • Refined Font window scrolling

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FontLab 7.1.1

  • Quickly select composites, components and related glyphs
  • See layers that are present in only some glyphs
  • View multiple masters in the Preview panel
  • Import & paste vector artwork more easily
  • Support for the full Unicode 13 character set

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FontLab 7.1.0

  • Add simple ink traps and unlink smooth nodes with Scissors
  • Duplicate nodes with Knife
  • Harmonize Handles to get G3-continuous, ultra-smooth nodes
  • Better control the appearance of corners with looped corners
  • Customize the size of the Curvature comb
  • Draw consistent glyphs with Suggest Stems and improved auto stem detection
  • Paste/import AI/PDF vector artwork as simple contours, or with stroke and color
  • Better manage elements in the Elements panel, copy-paste them from Gallery
  • Easily copy-paste sidebearings and kerning values in Glyph window
  • Edit and export the PANOSE identifier
  • Export and import Encoding files to create custom Font window filters
  • Better work with workspaces (panel sets)
  • Keep older copies in Trash / Recycle Bin when you save or export

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