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FontCreator 13.0 • High-Logic

Released 18th March 2020 • Updated 29th August 2020

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FontCreator 13.0 makes significant improvements to Colour Font export and adds OpenType proofing tools.

An anchored-based method for creating composites improves the positioning of diacritics, especially for italic typefaces. User-friendly glyph name generation and editing is more powerful. Inserting glyphs anywhere in the font, adding code-points based on glyph names, and glyph sorting are invaluable for large fonts.

CompositeData.xml has been extensively revised, using glyph names instead of glyph mappings to remove dependence on the Private Use Area. Glyphs for OpenType features such as Small Capitals, Alternative Fractions, or Stylistic Alternates are no longer mapped. Transform scripts also use these glyph names.

Free help is available on the support forum, even for the unregistered 30-day trial version. The Help File is available online, so anyone can see the features that are available before downloading the free trial version. The trial version is the full Professional Edition, but it adds watermarks. Existing users may like to see which feature requests have been implemented already.

FontCreator continues to improve with updates to fix bugs, add new features, and improve existing features.

Some bugs are fixed without hours. See the list of new features below, added since March 18th.

Contents

Version 13.0

Version 12.0

Conclusions

Version 11.5

Version 11.0

Earlier Versions

Video Tutorials

Project Files

Important Note: FontCreator 13 projects are not backwardly compatible. Edit copies of your font projects and keep the originals as backups.

To avoid overwriting a previous version of FontCreator, install FontCreator 13 into a different folder with command: WinKey + R:

"%UserProfile%\Downloads\FontCreatorSetup-x64.exe" /DIR="C:\Program Files\High-Logic FontCreator 13"

More details

FontCreator 13.0

New Features Since Initial Release

Changes in Initial Release

Version 12.0

Changes in Build 2566

Changes in Build 2565

Changes in Build 2563

Changes in Build 2560

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Changes in Initial Release


Conclusions

FontCreator 12.0 simplifies the process of adding OpenType features, much of which is now automated. The transition from dependence on glyph mappings to glyph names has been eased with the automatic generation of user-friendly glyph names and new transform scripts that add glyphs for OpenType features with just a few clicks. Those new to font editing will find it easier to add OpenType features, while experienced font designers will appreciate the time saved by greater automation. Both types of user will benefit from the improved tab bar, font sorting, and undo of glyph transformations.

Version 11.5 build 2430

Version 11.5 build 2426

Version 11.5

Released 22nd February 2018

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Version 11.0 build 2412

Version 11.0 build 2408

Version 11.0 build 2403

Version 11.0 build 2400

Version 11.0 build 2388

Version 11.0

Released 10th May 2017

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64-bit Version

Vertical Metrics Support

Cubic Bézier Curves

Workflow Enhancements

High DPI Support

New Glyph Naming Tools

Colour Mode Improvements

Autokern Improvements

OpenType Designer

Earlier Versions

10.1 Nov 20169.1 Feb 20169.0 Jun 20158.0 Jun 2014

7.5 Aug 20137.01 Jun 20136.5 Nov 20116.0 Jun 20095.6 Jul 20075.5 May 2006

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