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FontForge allows you to create and edit fonts in many formats: OpenType, TrueType, AAT, PostScript, Multiple Master, CID-Keyed, SVG, and various bitmap formats. It isn't a regular Mac application. It has been in development since 2001 as a UNIX application, so don't expect it to look and behave like a normal Mac Application. It runs on Macs thanks to a UNIX-compatibility layer called X11.

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Version 20130718: release notes were unavailable when the listing was updated.

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  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • X11/XQuartz

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The latest version from 2014-04-11 is available via the developers site link above. MacUpdate seems to have missed that.

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Cattus-Thraex
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macupdate.com just posts what developers send to them, if the link is to an older version, then the developer, from various reasons, has let it as such.

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Agree with everything said by Cattus. A few years ago I bought SigMaker from FontLab for 30 USD, but the current version on the FontLab website is still a PowerPC app which no longer runs on modern Macs. Apparently FontLab has decided to let it die, and my very occasional need for a font editor does not justify the price of a commercial font editor. For occasional use, FontForge is a good replacement for SigMaker, and I thank the developers.

I needed to tweak one glyph in one font. When you launch FontForge, Mac OS X will probably tell you that you need to install XQuartz or X11. Follow the link given by Apple and do it. Then, FontForge will run. It's weird. X11 apps are like Windows apps. They do not use the main menu bar, so you need to use the menus and buttons in the window. Remember it's free, so don't complain! Just roll with it.

I was able to figure out how to do what I wanted and get it done in about 30 minutes. The technology of fonts is deep and wide, and if I had any idea what the hell I was doing, it would have been much faster :)) FontForge does have a Help menu which can help you out.

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Despite its ugly inbterface, as usual with most Linux apps (have never understood why), it is a wonderful tool for creating or modifying fonts, if this is allowed (sometimes it is). As a free app, beyond any criticism, use it.

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Downloads 1,735
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Date 19 Jul 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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