BirdFont
BirdFont
4.0.0

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BirdFont free download for Mac

BirdFont4.0.0

26 May 2020

Font editor.

Overview

BirdFont is a free font editor that lets you create vector graphics and export TTF, EOT, and SVG fonts.

Note: This is a free app, but donations of $10 USD or more on the developer page are encouraged and allow you to download the commercial version of BirdFont, which allows you to create proprietary fonts.

What's new in BirdFont

Version 4.0.0:

Note: Version 4.0.1 is only for older Macs available here.

  • Better spacing classes. It makes to kerning and spacing of your fonts easier.
  • Smaller file size for OTF fonts.
  • Many improvements to the underlying engine and plenty of bugfixes in all parts of the program.

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How would you rate BirdFont app?

21 Reviews of BirdFont

rwebber
04 February 2020
Version: 3.33.0

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3.33.0 release is only for 10.15 ... will not open on anything earlier. I think they intended to build it for earlier OS versions as well.
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rwebber
04 February 2020
Version: 3.33.0
3.33.0 release is only for 10.15 ... will not open on anything earlier. I think they intended to build it for earlier OS versions as well.
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Johan Mattsson
15 January 2019
Version: 3.19.0
Has anyone tried Birdfont on Mojave? Does it work?
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Mr-Mike
18 December 2018
Version: 3.18.0
A month or so I sent a support email about some display issues and within a few hours there was a reply. Short version after a quick few rounds of back and forth, Johan (the developer) fixed the issue and the next day the update was on this here site. Great help and I really like where this app is going.
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1.5
Jminnihan
05 September 2017
Version: 2.19.4
Already donated, but couldn't install the latest "commercial" version due to issues in its licensing capabilities.
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Ranjansen
28 November 2015
Version: 2.14.0
It crashes in El Capitan! Please fix it.
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incrzr
28 October 2015
Version: 2.13.0
10.11 only :-(

Is there an older Version for 10.10? Thanks
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Derekcurrie
27 September 2015
Version: 2.11.3
v2.12.0 is out.
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Spank-Me-Baby
28 March 2015
Version: 2.4.2
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.
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Meitnik
18 March 2015
Version: 2.3.0
Thank you for making the UI changes so I can actually use the editor and to allow me to submit bug reports. Now to actually kick the tires and see how it does. Will rate it later.
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Meitnik
05 March 2015
Version: 2.0.4
I waited a long time to get Birdfont. Now…the new UI is very hard on those who are visually impaired. UI: Poor color contrast, font size too small, too dark. help: poor route to get help which is very terse and often unhelpful. Once these problems are fixed I will gladly return to testing Birdfont and even donate some serious dollars! These comments are from the lead tester of Fontographer some 25 yrs ago; a tester for FontLab. So I know something about font editors ;-) Come on Birdfont folks give the tool polish and better accessibility.
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Gregorgy
14 January 2015
Version: 1.9
I remember the first time I found BirdFont (v0.3) and I wondered then why it was free. I figured there must be something wrong with it. I was wrong - and I remember thinking I should donate. If you consider other tools like those from Fontagrapher run into the hundreds of dollars and waited for years before seeing Intel updates, this is worth every cent of $5 dollar donation. I have also used it to successfully repackage fonts for sending to my printers so that those foundries that don't allow embedding have no clue it came from me.
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Thomas1977
10 November 2014
Version: 1.9
If you need to edit fonts then this is the tool you need. Incredible easy to use and it just makes creating fonts fun. Incredibly why this is given for free. Very highly recommended !!! Full Five Stars
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3.5
Rsps
22 September 2014
Version: 1.4
It does not do Unicode fonts of other Languages, does it?
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Spike Jones
14 September 2014
Version: 1.3
An incredible free font editor/creator. Clear and simple to use UI that just works. Pity it isn't stable at times on OSX10.9.4 with some random crashes. But you cannot get anything better for free. Very highly recommended stuff.
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Wts
07 September 2014
Version: 1.1
Trusting the integrity of MacUpdate i download the application directly thru MacUpdate clicking the download arrow without visiting the developer. The first thing that I discovered about BirdFont is when launched it asks what type of license do you want: SIL or Commercial. What the ***** ? Why not include a heads up READ ME FIRST text file ? The second annoyance was after selecting SIL even not knowing what the **** SIL is or means i wanted to start using BirdFont. Selecting Open from the drop down menu sweeps me into the Document folder. What the ***. Why does BirdFont not direct me directly to fonts wherever that may be in my Mavericks OS ? Perhaps that's the price of Free. Now i have to go the developers site to read how this works.
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Derekcurrie
18 August 2014
Version: 0.47
I've found BirdFont is a FREE useful tool for general users of fonts, not just font designers. Here is why: 1) You can open any compatible font, such as TTF, and view through all of its characters. This can be very useful for simply checking out a font's character list. It even lets you inspect all the unicode characters. 2) It provides the name and description of a font, including its copyright. This is great if you're checking out a "free" font you downloaded from somewhere in order to see if really IS free, or it's a pirated commercial font. Or you may want to simply learn more about the font. All of the good old free font utilities are either abandoned or only work on PPC. So it's great to find BirdFont to be a very useful replacement. Now back to learning the rest of this great application...
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Marcossi
20 March 2014
Version: 0.35
I paid $5 for this app and I'm primed to go and get a licence on http://birdfont.org. I can't find any where there how to get licence?
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anonymous-dingo-653
14 February 2014
Version: 0.34
I use primarily FontLab and Glyphs, but this is pretty interesting project. Haven't had a chance to fully test it out, but hope to sometime soon. Any possibility of OTF support in the future?
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Derekcurrie
13 February 2014
Version: 0.33
This version is bombing at boot on 10.7.5. Here are the Console logs: 2/13/14 11:55:08.290 AM [0x0-0x12d12d].org.birdfont.BirdFontLauncher: /bin/sh: -c: line 0: syntax error near unexpected token `font' 2/13/14 11:55:08.290 AM [0x0-0x12d12d].org.birdfont.BirdFontLauncher: /bin/sh: -c: line 0: `/Applications/-Fonts/BirdFont (font editor)/BirdFont.app/BirdFont.app/Contents/MacOS/BirdFont --mac'
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Iheartbeer
04 September 2013
Version: 0.28
This looks promising. I just started using it today and so far, so good. 2 things: a) I wish I could just hit the backspace key (not the delete key) to remove anchor points (not a big deal since I can probably re-map that key, but it took me forever to figure that out since the backspace key is called "delete" on a Mac keyboard, too; and that's what's used in Illustrator), and b) I wish I could copy/paste artwork from Illustrator instead of exporting/importing SVGs. Other than those things, it seems pretty simple to use, and I like how you're licensing it. Nice.
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Valefar
03 September 2013
Version: 0.28
Does not launch at all in Mountain Lion.
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