FontLab Studio

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FontLab Studio is a font editing tool with separate applications for both Windows and Mac.

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FontLab Studio review by Abby R.
Abby R.
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"Easy to use this great app"

What do you like best?

How easy it is to change fonts and the fact that it is a Free program. Imports and exports fonts with support for up to 65,535 glyphs in a wide range of font formats and offers an extended toolset.

That it can be used for a wide range of tasks, from outline editing to TrueType manual instructing. That you can use it on Windows as well as Mac.

What do you dislike?

That there is a steep learning curve with this program and that updates come rarely. The program can be buggy. And that documentation is less than satisfactory. There is limited OpenType (no support for Arabic features, for example). The cost of the

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is very easy to use and works great with Cricut machines

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps me get the fonts setup for my Cricut so it will cut them out with less issues of not being connected

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FontLab Studio review by Francesco F.
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"Only and one in the field of typography"

What do you like best?

Can build characters even without using other software to import. Handles, construction grids and top paramters! It offers the possibility to import and export TrueType, Type 1 and OpenType fonts. The user has at his disposal powerful and accurate editing and drawing tools, which make it possible to effectively make the desired transformations.

What do you dislike?

Drawing (even in version 4) is unintuitive. The most basic operations require memorization of less-than-obvious modifier-key combinations. Some basic Fontographer features (like simple font blending) are missing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it Fontlab to be more manageable for font creation!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I made my first font for an academic project and I slowly saw that creating typographic characters is fun and tiring. FontLab however in a few steps to a lot management work.

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FontLab Studio review by Fabio A.
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"FontLab"

What do you like best?

FontLab is an excellent software for the creation of font families, both in terms of graphic design and engineering, with the possibility of correctly inserting metric and kerning for each single glyph. It has lots of good features, starting with the design phase, where the handling of anchor points and handles is much smoother than Illustrator.

What do you dislike?

The engineering phase is very valid and allows different functions, such as substitutions or ligatures, but it is not easy to understand and requires different knowledge also during the script phase. Compatibility, through copy / paste with Illustrator, is good but can be improved in many ways, simplifying the insertion of the single glyph in its cage, or importing multiple glyphs at the same time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Type design is a very specific sector and also requires conceptual knowledge about the use of fonts and the characteristics of glyphs. Having said that I think that FontLab is the most professional software to generate a real family of fonts to be installed on computers, both for the design phase and for the engineering phase.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I created fonts, after drawing them with Illustrator, and I modified them, optimizing them, in Fontlab, both for personal use and for requests from my clients. Moreover, with FontLab, by having the correct licenses, it is also possible to modify an existing typeface, and it is surely the most professional software of its kind.

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"FontLab is THE Tool for font editing/creation"

What do you like best?

FontLab is THE tool for creating and editing fonts. It has the best tools and feature sets available.

What do you dislike?

It has a steep learning curve, depending on how far in you want to get involved. I highly recommend Leslie Carbaga's excellent book on Learning FontLab fast.

Recommendations to others considering the product

this is it, the best font editing there is. if you're going to design, edit, make fonts for use anywhere, use fontlab!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have not utilized this software for business. It is a pastime/hobby for me.

FontLab Studio review by User in Cosmetics
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"Makes Glyph Design Easier"

What do you like best?

I've used a few font creating apps in the past and have found FontLab Studio to be one of my favorites.

It is extremely easy to import and export fonts.

There are a TON of tools you can use to create your desired glyphs including adding shapes, scaling, slanting, layer lock and many more.

Once you have invested time into learning the program it can become fairly easy to navigate.

With layer lock you can prevent accidentally changing the metrics.

There are some very thorough tutorials available from users online that will help with the steep learning curve.

What do you dislike?

The icons located at the top of the tool bar don't exactly match their function so that could be greatly improved.

It's not very user friendly at first and does require some dedication to learning the program.

The price is quite high - you're ROI if not using this professionally will be slim to none.

It can be glitchy from time to time.

If using the trial version any saved fonts will have a watermark on them so beware of that prior to investing a lot of time into a font if using the trial version.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Prior to spending the $650+ I recommend trying the trial version beforehand to see if it fits your capabilities. If you're still fairly new to typography or are only doing so recreationally this may not be the right program for you for the cost but if you are a professional and will be using the program a lot then I highly recommend it.

Again, try the trial version first to see if it fits within your scope of capabilities and needs because it's pretty pricey compared to other typography programs available.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used the trial version when deciding on a font program. FontLab Studio allows for some really great glyph customization and creation which is really great for designers. We were able to create some really beautiful fonts that aligned with our brand and the look we were desiring but couldn't find anywhere else.

FontLab Studio review by User in Apparel & Fashion
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"Great Software"

What do you like best?

This software gives you complete control over your characters and allows you to create custom fonts just the way you want.

What do you dislike?

I honestly have nothing bad to say about this.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It creates an easy way to make custom fonts, giving the designer complete control over it.

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