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Release Notes: FontLab»

1 December 2019


Editing glyph drawings»
  • Precision dragging of nodes, handles and selections with Cmd or Ctrl without the need to zoom in
  • View the centerline between two opposing segments with Quick measurement
  • View the thickness at both ends of opposing segments, and visualize the thickness change with a colorful rainbow using Quick measurement
  • See handles in Mask and inactive layers
  • Move anchors together with contour selections
  • Nudge and move nodes and selections with keyboard more easily
  • Shift-drag points more flexibly
Glyph design»
  • Find and fix uneven (irregular and uncommon) stems with FontAudit
  • Find nearly flat curves and convert them to lines with FontAudit
  • Get much better fixing results from many FontAudit tests
  • Copy-paste and import PDF vector artwork
  • Paste monochrome vectors as simple contours for immediate editing
  • Make SVG Editable with more faithful results
  • Automatically fit pasted bitmaps between font metrics
  • Turn bitmaps into contours with vastly improved Autotrace
  • Quickly run a series of Actions on many glyphs and masters one by one
Glyphs and OpenType»
  • One-click automatic generation of OpenType features
  • Friendly glyph names and batch glyph renaming
  • Choose between replace or append when pasting in Font window
  • Add a glyph to your font with the simple New Glyph command
  • Toggle Auto Layers for all masters and multiple glyphs
  • Copy glyph names and recipes with new Copy Text As
  • Test language-dependent OpenType features (locl)
  • Write interpolable GPOS features with Font Info > Parameters (cpsp, contextual kern)
  • Edit important properties of the current glyph in the Font window bottom status bar
Metrics and Kerning»
  • Link metrics for many glyphs in the Glyph panel
  • Quickly autospace or autokern your glyph with the ; key
  • Kern glyphs like other glyphs with Set Kerning Classes
  • Define both-sided kerning classes
  • Find visual conflicts (clashes) in class kerning and convert them into exceptions with Audit Kerning
  • Kern most popular “kernable” combinations and easily manage word lists with the Pairs & Phrases panel
  • Access common Metrics and Kerning operations from Glyph window context menu
Fonts and Variations»
  • Open and export CFF2-based Variable PS (.otf) fonts (beta)
  • Draw with multiple masters shown as colored wireframes for easy reference
  • View all masters while editing with master Cousins
  • See contour matching and node numbers with the Matchmaker tool
  • Export intermediate glyph masters into Variable OpenType fonts (e.g. :wt=650)
  • Export conditional glyph substitutions (rvrn/rules) with tilde glyph tags (e.g. ~wt>850)
  • Copy-paste Font Info between fonts and masters
  • Edit Font Info in a concise tabular Overview
  • Sort masters and instances flexibly by axis or name
  • Easily rename masters in Font Info > Masters
  • Change interpolation coordinates per axis, and other info, for multiple masters or instances at once
  • Map your interpolation coordinates to Variable OpenType user coordinates (avar) with all-new Axis Graph
  • Use named locations on each axis (axis instances) to create a variable STAT table, or to build a “matrix” of predefined instances
  • See glyphs with non-matching masters in the Font window sidebar
  • Hold F1/FnF1 over a user interface element to see longer Quick Help explanations
  • Manually add hints with the Magnet tool
  • Many detailed improvements in UFO3 and .glyphs import/export
  • New JSON-based human-readable clipboard format
  • One-click install TypeRig, a mighty FontLab 7 Python extension that facilitates batch work with layers, contours, metrics, anchors, guides and texts
  • Vastly reduced memory consumption
  • Mac version ready for macOS 10.15 Catalina and digitally signed
  • 250+ new features, fixes and improvements

Detailed FontLab 7.0.0 Release Notes»

  1. General, editing, anchors, actions, FontAudit, copy-paste

  2. Metrics, kerning, Font window, Font Info, hints, guides, classes

  3. Variation, imported artwork, components, auto layers, elements

  4. Glyph names, OT features, text, layers, color, files, UI, Python, varia

  5. Bug fixes