Using the Glyph Window»

The Glyph window is the place where you create and edit individual glyphs. To open the Glyph window, double-click on any glyph cell in the Font Window or Font Map panel, or select the cell and press the Return key. To open several glyphs together in the Glyph window, select all of them in the Font Window or Font Map panel, and double-click on one of the cells or press the Return key. The Glyph Window has an editing area and it shares the Property bar with the Font Window.

Using the Property bar»

When you have a glyph (or several glyphs) open in the Glyph window with no nodes or contours selected, the Property bar looks like this:

Adding and editing glyph tags»

In FontLab VI, you can label glyphs with custom text tags. To add or edit a glyph tag, click on the Tags button in the Property bar to open the Tags pane. Here, you can type in a new tag, or modify an existing one. To add a tag predefined in FLVI, click on the V+ button in the bottom right of the pane. Predefined tags (known as virtual tags) include fig for figures, uc for uppercase letter and lc for lowercase letters. To save tags, click outside the pane. To delete all the tags in the pane, click on the cross in the bottom-left corner.

Flagging glyphs»

You can flag glyphs to visually differentiate groups of glyph cells to easily examine and select them. To flag a glyph, click on the flag dropdown and choose a color.

Switching between layers»

If you have more than one layer in your glyph, you can see them in the Property bar. To switch between layers, click on the button for the layer you want to switch to.

If there are more than four layers in the font, buttons turn into the dropdown menu.

Working in the editing area»

Switching between glyphs»

Once you have opened a glyph in the Glyph window, you don’t need to go back to the Font window or Font Map panel to switch between glyphs.

To move to the next glyph, select Glyph > Next Glyph or use the keyboard shortcut Cmd-].

To move to the previous glyph, select Glyph > Previous Glyph or use the keyboard shortcut Cmd-[.

To switch to a specific glyph of your choice, press the / key and start typing the desired glyph name in the popup pane:

Press Enter to place the first available glyph in the Glyph window, or click on the glyph you need in the list.

Searching for glyphs»

To search in the Glyph window, select Edit > Find Glyphs or use the keyboard shortcut CmdF. Once the panel opens, start typing in the text field, and choose from the criteria on the left: name starts from, name contains, name ends with, Unicode name contains, codepage, Unicode code point contains and tex match. To open all the glyphs in the searched list, click on the icon and press Return. To open a single glyph from the list, double-click on the glyph cell.

Editing several elements together»

To see and edit the nodes of all the elements in the Glyph window, turn on Edit > Edit Across Elements. When Edit Across Elements is turned off, you can see and edit the nodes of only the current glyph.

Editing several glyphs together»

To see and edit the nodes of all the glyphs in the Glyph window, turn on Edit > Edit Across Glyphs. When Edit Across Glyphs is turned off, you can see and edit the nodes of only the current glyph. You can also use the keyboard shortcut AltCmdE to toggle between the states of Edit Across Glyphs.

Editing several layers together»

To see and edit the nodes of all the layers in the Glyph window, turn on Edit > Edit Across Layers. When Edit Across Layers is turned off, you can see and edit the nodes of only the current layer.

Wrapping text»

If you are working with several glyphs in the Glyph window, you may want to control how the string of text is wrapped. To access text wrap options, go to Text > Wrap. There are three options available:

  1. Manual, where the entire text is rendered as a single line, only interrupted by manual line breaks:

  1. Auto, where the entire text is rendered in a fixed-size column; currently it’s not possible to change the width of this column:

  1. Table, which renders the text as a table of glyph cells:

In all three ways of text wrapping, the glyphs stay editable.