- Thx Curt
! Great find!
Nice to see this old dragon has returned to its roost.
Fontographer definitely was
the best publically available tool for font design back in its day. And it probably still is since it's a highly specialized application which never had much serious competition. If the big commercial type foundries were have anything better, they're keeping it to themselves.
But I'm wondering just how updated it really is. I could understand keeping the interface as close to the original as possible in order to leverage its original userbase. And some of the new features (better unicode support, updated encodings) along with those "innumerable bug fixes" are welcome news.
But did they have to retain Multi-master (or Multiple Master if you prefer) font format? It's one of the few really bad ideas Adobe ever came up with. Seeing it on the menu up above makes me wonder how much has been updated - and how much was just bolted onto the original.
Either way, it's still good to see it back. Maybe if for no other reason than to help people better appreciate just how much design talent, aesthetics and patience
are required to produce a nice looking font with fully tweaked kerning pair values. (Trust me, it's a lot harder than it looks.)
Now if somebody would only resurrect Aldus Freehand
I'd be one happy camper!