Saving a Font»

When you save your file, you expect to see everything in your file intact the next time you open the file to continue working; and so saving implies that the file format in which the file is saved supports anything that could be in your file, including guidelines, anchors, pins, stickers, glyph notes, tags, color cells etc. FontLab VI uses two file formats for saving: VFC (binary) and VFJ (JSON based). Both formats preserve all the elements used in the font design process. Some users may want to save work in other formats, such as UFO, XFO, or VFB, to exchange with other applications. The options to export in these formats are available in Preferences > Save Fonts. Note that saving in formats other than VFC or VFJ is actually exporting and may lose some data specific to FontLab, such as glyph notes, pins, element references, etc.

To save the currently active font in FontLab VI format (.vfc), use the File > Save Font (CmdS) command.

To save fonts in additional formats by default adjust your preferences in Preferences > Save Fonts. FontLab will save the font in VFC and whichever additional formats you choose from VFJ, UFO and VFB.

To save a font in a format other than the one it is already in, use the File > Save Font As (CmdShiftS) command first to save it in FontLab VI format (.vfc extension). If the file was not already a .vfc file and you select the File > Save Font command, FontLab will present the “Save Font As” standard dialog.

If you are working with a new font or you want to select the destination folder or change the name of the file, use the File > Save Font As (CmdShiftS) command.

After you select File > Save Font As in the menu, you will see the standard File Save dialog box:

Choose the destination folder, enter the file name and click Save to save your font in FontLab VI format (.vfc).

Save Preferences»

You can set preferences for saving fonts in Fontlab using the Preferences dialog. Save Fonts is the third section in the dialog. The first two radio buttons define how to save new fonts and fonts imported from final and interchange Font Formats. Select the Automatically generate file name… option and FontLab will generate the file name based on the font family and style names. The file will appear in the Save folder defined later on the same page. Otherwise FontLab will present the Save As dialog box where you can name the file and select destination folder.

If you save to the same file using File > Save Font, you may choose to replace existing font files (owerwrite them) or to rename existing font files and keep them for backup purposes. This is a more safe way but your destination folder will be populated with multiple backup files - one for every save operation. Surely you can delete them manually anytime.

Select more formats (UFO and/or VFB) if you want FontLab to export in these formats in addition to VFC.

The Save folder path is the default place for saving new and imported fonts if the Automatically generate file name… option is on.

Default rasterization (in pixels per M) is needed when the font contains bitmap images, the destination export format supports bitmaps, but the destination ppm is not defined.