You know I really want to like BirdFont a lot. I see a lot of potential in what's emerging out of this tool and the things one can do with it. And, to some extent, I still do like what the developer has achieved so far. Perhaps the biggest plus is the ability to create new font characters in a package that is essentially free (well, donationware to be more precise) is really a gift to the Mac community. Furthermore, I really hate to criticise any software that is freeware, but I do have a few qualms about this one. I won't go into a lot of details (as I see the developer is working hard to fix up bugs and all the rest), but I would really like to see the following improvements (if it is possible)::
1. Yeah alright, I can see the developer is going down the path of Adobe CS6 with its darker theme for the UI, but if this is to be attempted and become the norm for this tool, make sure the graphics and text representing the buttons on the UI are clear. And I mean much more significant contrast. I'm not sure about other users' Macs (perhaps the brightness has been set all the way to the top to make it work for them), but even with my maximum brightness, I do have to squint hard to look at these buttons to see what they are.
2. I can see the developer is trying to be original with the menu command (File, Edit etc). Yes, I give him credit for being different. But one of the things that I find fairly annoying are the number of extra clicks I need to press just to access a particular menu command. I mean, now, we have to make an extra click into what appears to be the settings button (I have seen a similarly designed button for this purpose on other apps), but initially I had no way of knowing the menu commands are actually hidden in there. When I found out, I thought "Yay, I can use this tool again". But then I realise, I need to click at least twice to actually get into the menu grouping I want, and eventually another click to finally use the menu command I want. My recommendation: put the menu commands across the top of the window (or what's wrong in the menu bar created by Apple's own Finder app? While it isn't the most exciting and original way of doing things, I find that it just works and simplifies the process of accessing fcommands so much.
3. Can we not have to show the initial window on startup asking if it is for commercial or free use. For a software that is described as free, this is confusing. Should I actually pay for this tool? I don't know. If I don't have to, just let us choose and the app should remember. If we want to change it to "commercial", we should be able to go into the settings to change this. Again this just saves an extra click on launching just to get into the app.
4. Is there any chance we can get an instructions manual to learn all the amazing things this tool can do (no need to be detailed like it came from Microsoft, just a nice compact Mac-like and intruitive manual that explains everything). In particular I like to see where I can apply high-end time-saving features such as the ability to apply an automatic slanting of all characters in a font set for setting up the italics font set quickly, of the ability to enlarge all characters to create the bold font set, that kind of thing.
I probably should leave it there for now. But already I can see great potential in this app. And I certain;y do not want the developer to give up on this tool just because some people are saying things could be better. Just as an encouragement, I like to give the app the rating as shown above.
Please keep up the improvements.