FontLab Studio
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FontLab Studio is a solution for font foundries, professional type designers, typographers and graphic design studios, allowing them to design type, create and modify fonts. FontLab Studio 5 supports all major outline font formats, including Type 1, TrueType, Multiple Master and OpenType.

The update version is free to registered users. For a full demo see 'Related Links', below.
What's New
Version 5.1.4: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.5.8 or later



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Nova-Bossa reviewed on 20 Feb 2014
Very professional!
[Version 5.1.4]


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Corpsecorps reviewed on 03 Mar 2012
Having had the chance to actually use the software fairly extensively, I can actually rate it at last.

Fontlab Studio's complexity and breadth are amazing. The UI could definitely be made easier to use and in some cases is quite bewildering. It's loaded with redundancies in ways of doing the same thing and customization, though I hesitate to call that bad (if they all worked properly).

However, under 10.6.8 on my Mac Pro at least, it is absolutely riddled with peculiar behaviors and bugs which have to be negotiated like a minefield. There are also too many circumstances when instead of reporting an error of some kind, it simply crashes. More than about 3 seconds of the pinwheel and I know it's going bye-bye.

Fortunately the app starts up quickly and saves rapidly, as well as saving a backup and having an autosave.

The manual has a horrendous amount of material to cover and doesn't do it in a very comprehensible way.

So, high marks for features and capabilities, but so-so to lousy everywhere else.

It would certainly be nice if Fontlab could provide a timetable for the release of version 6 which would narrow it down to a particular year, at least. I'd like to know if I'll still be young enough to use it so I know whether to start saving now.
[Version 5.1.1]


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Corpsecorps commented on 02 Nov 2011
If it were 649 Yuan it would be a deal!
[Version 5.1]


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Donmontalvo reviewed on 31 Oct 2011
It's about time! :D

Ever since I moved to Lion, this is one application I've had to keep on my old computer. Now I can move it over to my Early 2011 MacBook Pro and be done with the old computer...well, soon. ;)

Four stars for being stable...but still too expensive. :(

Don
[Version 5.1]

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Corpsecorps replied on 05 Feb 2012
But it's NOT stable. On my Mac Pro it crashes after some hours use. Also, on 10.6.8, the workspaces malfunction.
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Dylan-Mc reviewed on 31 Oct 2011
Years overdue as a Universal app, but still the best font editor out there. I was surprised how well it worked under Rosetta, but now that Apple has deprecated PPC compatibility, FontLab has been forced to port to the Intel architecture. It seems like they did a fine job. Familiar look-and-feel, solid performance and so far crash-free. Hopefully their public beta period shook out the major bugs - I haven't ran into any this version. It's nice that they aren't charging their loyal customers for supporting Intel processors. I'd like to say I expected it, but lately haven't been getting that kind of joy from many of my publishers. Belated kudos to FontLab.
[Version 5.1]


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Yavari commented on 09 Sep 2011
FontLab, *please* edit your software. Fontographer is not a replacement. You charge nearly $700 for a product that is not a universal binary. The price is bad, but the fact that you cannot be bothered to update your software to run on recent Macs natively shows a gross lack of concern for your customers, especially considering FontLab's widespread use in typeface design. This is industry standard software. This is like Adobe not updating Photoshop for five years, even when many people rely on it.

Even Glyphs, which I consider overpriced as it is, is around $400 less than your offering, and it's Intel-compatible. FontLab is still, even after five years of Intel Macs, not a universal binary, and therefore cannot run on Apple's most recent OS. The website says that there will eventually be an Intel binary, but it hasn't materialised yet, even though it was purportedly to be released in "July 2011." It's September—where is it?

Windows users don't have to deal with this, even though most typographers and font designers work on Macs.

I'm not amused, especially since I preferred FontLab to other font editors.
[Version 5.0.4]

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Dylan-Mc replied on 02 Oct 2011
The current version (in a "public preview" beta form) is indeed a Universal binary, and will be a free update for owners of FL5.0. It's overdue, true, but here it is.
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Corpsecorps commented on 24 Feb 2010
Oh boy!

Still not UB. Still not even updated. Still priced at an absolutely ridiculous $650 though approaching 3 years old and only runs under Rosetta?!

Web site is like a ghost town. Hasn't changed notably in years and shows it's age more on every visit.

I guess this can be declared DECEASED!

(or these people have been smoking something hinky)
[Version 5.0.4]


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Corpsecorps commented on 02 Jan 2009
Is this EVER going to be a fully Leopard compatible universal binary application?!

It was never worth the cost, but i'm certainly not paying that kind of money for something with no updates for 18 months during which a new OS version and processor have drastically altered the platform.

I already had to purchase Fontographer more than once in the past as it kept changing hands.

I'm wondering if Fontlab has more than one person coding this thing.
[Version 5.0.4]


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Corpsecorps commented on 11 Feb 2008
$650!?

So much for my fonts ever being finished. 8:o(
[Version 5.0.4]


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donmontalvo commented on 02 Jun 2007
why is this still NOT a universal binary?! i bought cross grade from fontographer with the promise of ub release.

what gives?

don montalvo, nyc
[Version 5.0.3]

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Adam Twardoch replied on 08 Jun 2007
Porting an application such as FontLab Studio to a universal binary is everything but trivial. Fontlab Ltd. is working on it, but a universal build will not be part of a bugfix.

BTW, a more detailed description of things changed in FontLab Studio 5.0.3 can be found at
http://www.fontlab.com/news/announcements/fontlab-studio-5.0.3/

A.
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Corpsecorps replied on 01 Oct 2007
One must still concede that at this late date, converting to UB is way overdue!
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donmontalvo replied on 01 Oct 2007
I didn't say it was easy - what I said was the company promised a UB would be released soon. I paid hundreds for FontLab but we STILL don't have a UB. It's difficult work, but it was promised to the public. We paid but didn't get the UB.

Don
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Adam Twardoch (developer) replied on 02 Oct 2007
(1) I wonder if you could be more specific as for who and where promised a universal binary version of FontLab Studio 5? As far as I can tell, no-one from our company made that claim.
(2) What are the reasons for that you'd like a universal binary version?
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donmontalvo replied on 02 Oct 2007
Your company's customer service department told me a Universal Binary is (or was) weeks away.

Since when do we need a reason for needing a Universal Binary? Quite honestly, had I known a Universal Binary was NOT around the corner, I wouldn't have spent the money.

Don
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Adam Twardoch (developer) replied on 02 Oct 2007
I'm sorry to hear that someone from our company was not up-to-date. We have communicated on numerous occasions that we don't have immediate plans to release a universal version of FontLab Studio 5 because the porting effort will be significant. Most certainly, this would not be a free update anyway. But fortunately, FontLab Studio 5 is an application with very modest CPU and memory requirements, so that it works just fine on Intel-based Macs through the Rosetta environment. In fact, we have heard of no problems at all that would be Intel-Mac specific (I'm not saying Studio 5 is entirely bug-free, but the problems occur on both Intel and PowerPC platforms). FL Studio not Photoshop or InDesign, for which the PowerPC versions really were very sluggish on Intel Macs. On my own MacBook Pro, FontLab Studio runs faster than on my older PowerBook, because the Intel CPU has more than twice the speed of the PowerPC. Yes, a native Intel version would run even faster, but the differences really are not noticeable.

Please bear in mind that developing a universal binary actually means developing for two separate platforms. This massively increases the amount of the necessary QA, and we're a company of very moderate size. I don't think that releasing a universal binary just for the sake of releasing it is worth the effort. FontLab Studio is a highly complex application, and we're certainly not Adobe or Apple to have dozens of engineers and testers aboard. So we're very carefully making those decisions. I believe that fine-tuning and improving the quality of a single binary release is more worth than sloppily releasing a double binary -- especially, since, as I said, FontLab Studio really does have a small memory and CPU footprint.

I hope this helps.

Best regards,
Adam Twardoch
product and marketing manager
Fontlab Ltd.
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Corpsecorps replied on 05 Oct 2007
Since new Macs are Intel, Fontlab is already available for windoze, and Apple's development tools are quite versatile, i would have thought creating another Intel version, albeit for a different platform, wouldn't be such a huge task.

And with all Macs now having been Intel-based for a year, it seems the time for which a PPC only version will be acceptable is rapidly waning
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Adam Twardoch (developer) replied on 05 Oct 2007
There are some caveats to that. First, we have developed our own special process for porting the code from Intel (Windows) to Mac (PowerPC). This involves some changes to the code that must be re-done when porting to a universal architecture. And secondly, probably more importantly, all our software projects on the Mac are developed using Metroworks, *the* traditional application development environment on the Mac. Unfortunately, despite the fact that the Intel Mac platform exists for a comparably long time now, Metroworks never released a compiler for Intel Mac processors. This means that our developers would need to port the code from Metroworks to Apple XCode to make them universal. I have spoken to several developers, within and outside of our company, and they have assured me that it is not a trivial task.

It is not so that we are not entirely interested in releasing universal binaries. But this simply means that we need a group of developers to spend time solely on that for several months -- without fixing existing bugs or adding new features, and potentially introducing new bugs in the process. For a relatively small company as ours, hiring a bunch of guys to spend some months working on something only so that we can put a blue yin-yang logo to the packaging is a tough decision -- because it will quite clearly not pay off. The application will not become "better" or even noticeably "faster" as the result.

We may, in the end, decide to do this -- but be assured that it is neither a trivial nor a quick process, despite the nice marketing talk that Steve Jobs have been giving us about this.
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donmontalvo replied on 06 Oct 2007
Sounds like another Eudora fiasco. Can't afford to spend the time or money to make it a universal binary. You have to understand that those of us who spent the money are going to shake our heads wondering why we did. This thread has me wondering of the fate of FontLab.

Don
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donmontalvo replied on 06 Oct 2007
On June 8th you posted in this very thread that your company was working on a UB release of FontLab:

> Fontlab Ltd. is working on it, but a universal
> build will not be part of a bugfix.

Then on October 2nd you posted this:

> (1) I wonder if you could be more specific as for
> who and where promised a universal binary version
> of FontLab Studio 5? As far as I can tell, no-one
> from our company made that claim.

...so which is it?

Don
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Adam Twardoch (developer) replied on 07 Oct 2007
Both are true. We're working on it, but we have not made any promises as for the potential timeframe. I have extensively explained in this thread why this is so.
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Concrete replied on 26 Nov 2007
the comments from the developer are great. Imagine if Adobe gave damn like these guys do. I think I will get FontLab Pro now just from seeing this communication.
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Corpsecorps replied on 27 Nov 2007
Excellent point.

Highly unusual for a large developer to reply, let alone go into any detail.

I haven't had issues with Fontlab Studio on my Mac Pro, but i haven't had a chance to use it since upgrading to Leopard.

With the huge number of bugs in Leopard, i wouldn't be surprised if Fontlab Studio is goobered up.
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donmontalvo replied on 27 Nov 2007
I'm still unclear as to whether FontLab is working on a Universal Binary given the conflicting posts. It's fair for any customer to want a timeline/roadmap on UB release.

Don
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poly1 replied on 09 Aug 2011
Hey Adam,

How's that UB version version coming? Are you guys still "working on it?" I mean, it's only been what – 4 years?

I get that you guys are on a really tight budget, what with the 20 or so other programs you develop, not to mention all those massively underpriced AFS licenses. Too busy developing OTMaster and buying up old Macromedia source code; and too busy mining the wallets of new customers to address the needs of existing ones with a UB update that should have come out years ago.
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Misha replied on 31 Oct 2011
@poly1: version 5.1 is UB.
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Corpsecorps had trouble on 05 Feb 2012
Workspaces malfunction. Tools and Paint keep disappearing so I have to keep clicking on my workspace or picking them in the menu to get them back.

If I click the green window maximizer in OS X, then the windows subsequently act as if there is a second toolbar at the top whether there is or not, so no windows can be moved up. Toolbars can be added but only in the third and lower position. Open windows are forced down.

Restarting the application does not correct the problem. Only resetting the app to factory workspace setting restores function.

OS 10.6.8
[Version 5.1.1]



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Corpsecorps rated on 17 Mar 2012

[Version 5.1.1]


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License:Demo
Date:12 Apr 2013
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FontLab Studio is a solution for font foundries, professional type designers, typographers and graphic design studios, allowing them to design type, create and modify fonts. FontLab Studio 5 supports all major outline font formats, including Type 1, TrueType, Multiple Master and OpenType.

The update version is free to registered users. For a full demo see 'Related Links', below.


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