BirdFont
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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 $1 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
Version 0.37:
  • Font size settings in the kerning tab
  • A new SVG parser
  • Compatibility with many Microsoft Windows applications
  • Bug fixes
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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BirdFont User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Marcossi commented on 19 Mar 2014
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?
[Version 0.35]

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burypromote

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Johan-Mattsson replied on 19 Mar 2014
Thank you. I will send you an e-mail.
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JCH2 commented on 14 Feb 2014
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?
[Version 0.34]

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Johan-Mattsson replied on 14 Feb 2014
Yes, OTF support is one of the features I want to implement.
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JCH2 replied on 14 Feb 2014
Thank you, Johan. I'll keep watching, though I haven't had much luck getting many ttf fonts to open in it and show characters. Must be something embedded by another font editor that is getting in the way.
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Johan-Mattsson replied on 15 Feb 2014
BirdFont uses Freetype to parse TTF fonts. Send me a font that can not be imported if you want this issue to be solved.
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Appledogx replied on 13 Mar 2014
I'd love to see this open existing truetype fonts as a starting point. I tried but get no results. Otherwise this is very good software!
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Johan-Mattsson replied on 13 Mar 2014
TTF import should work rather well. I have so far only found one difficult font and many that can be imported. BirdFont uses Freetype to parse TTF and OTF fonts. Fonts that work with applications like Chrome, Inkscape, Firefox, etc. should also work with BirdFont since they use the same library. Which font should I do more testing with?
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Derekcurrie commented on 13 Feb 2014
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'
[Version 0.33]

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Johan-Mattsson replied on 14 Feb 2014
Thank you for the report. I will try to fix it.
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Johan-Mattsson replied on 14 Feb 2014
I think the problem is that BirdFont won't start if the application is located in a folder with space in its name. Does BirdFont start if you move it to the Applications directory or is this a completely different issue?
burypromote

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Johan-Mattsson replied on 14 Feb 2014
This issue is solved in 0.34.
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Iheartbeer reviewed on 03 Sep 2013
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.
[Version 0.28]

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Johan-Mattsson replied on 04 Sep 2013
Thank you for the feedback. I will implement the backspace feature immediately.

Copy and paste from Illustrator is a little more difficult since I don't own a copy of that program. An alternative that might work for you is to open the file in Inkscape and copy the glyphs.
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Johan-Mattsson replied on 04 Sep 2013
You can download three packages under different licenses:
1. The source package code under GNU GPL
2. Freeware version for SIL fonts
3. A commercial version for proprietary fonts
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Iheartbeer replied on 04 Sep 2013
From what I understand, in Illustrator, artwork is copied as Postscript. Then depending on the app, it's pasted as PICT (bitmap format-useless in this scenario), PDF or AICB (I've never heard of the last one, I'm guessing it stands for Adobe Illustrator Clip Board format).

Don't feel like you need to implement this. I'm in no great need for this feature, but others might be. If you decide to try and add it, I would think PDF/Postscript would be the way to go. I just thought I'd offer up what I know in case it sparked an idea for you.

Adobe use to offer a 30-day trial of their apps. If you're interested in adding this feature, I'd be happy to test it as well, but again it's not that big of deal to me.
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Johan-Mattsson replied on 04 Sep 2013
PostScript would be nice to have. I have added it to my list.
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Valefar reviewed on 03 Sep 2013
Does not launch at all in Mountain Lion.
[Version 0.28]

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Johan-Mattsson replied on 03 Sep 2013
Do you get any error messages?
burypromote

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Valefar replied on 03 Sep 2013
None. A phantom appears in the dock for a split second, then nothing.
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Johan-Mattsson replied on 03 Sep 2013
I run Mac OS 10.6.3 but want to fix this issue for 10.8 as soon as possible.

Can you try to run it in a terminal and see if some error message appears.

0. Copy BirdFont to your applications directory
1. Open a terminal
2. Run /Applications/BirdFont.app/BirdFont.app/Contents/MacOS/BirdFont

Cheers
Johan
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Valefar replied on 03 Sep 2013
Please delete the above review; BirdFont does open in Mountain Lion. It initially didn't launch because it was in a discrete folder within the applications folder and thus was not included in the applications directory.
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Johan-Mattsson replied on 03 Sep 2013
Thank you for reporting back.

It should be possible to launch the parent application, (it is a hack that I need in order to get BirdFont running on 10.6). If you need to open the folder and launch the child application is it likely a bug.
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Edeerly rated on 12 Feb 2014

[Version 0.32]


Downloads:2,688
Version Downloads:294
Type:Graphics and Design : Designs and Graphics
License:Free
Date:10 Apr 2014
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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 $1 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.


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