Kabala Update

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Kabala Update

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Tue Feb 19, 2008 6:27 pm

Download 7-zip archive • Kabala Typeface Sample

Updated with Petite Capitals, Petite Capitals from Capitals, Standard, Discretionary, Contextual, and Historical Ligatures, OldStyle, and Proportional Figures, Ordinals, Fractions, Alternative Fractions, Ornaments, Alternate Sets, and other OpenType features.

This font family includes eight styles: Regular, Italic, Semi-Bold, Semi-Bold Italic, Bold, Bold Italic, Extra-Bold, and Extra-Bold Italic.
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Re: Kabala Update

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:50 pm

Updated Kabala to version 2.70

Now eight typestyles, 2,359 Glyphs. The Initial Forms (Word Start Alternates) were removed because I don't think they add anything new to the font. They only make more work and bloat the font archive.

This completes the updates for all of my OpenType Fonts since the release of FontCreator 8.0 on 5th June. The new grouped-based kerning works very well, and greatly reduces the work-load for kerning large fonts. Small Capitals, Petite Capitals, and some Superscripts need kerning too, but with only a few hundred adjustment pairs to check after running Autokern, it doesn't take very long.

After checking one style carefully, export the script, and import that into another style of the same font, or even into a different font. Autokern will adjust the spacing to suit the font. Check for pairs like c- L- Z- or -J, which may be absurdly tight.
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Re: Kabala Update

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:58 am

Version 2.80 fixes a bug in the OpenType feature precedence. You can now use Petite Capitals without disabling Standard and Discretionary Ligatures.
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Re: Kabala Update

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:02 pm

Kabala was updated to version 2.90. The spacing of the Semi-bold styles was improved to fit better between regular and bold.

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The Ornaments Feature (ornm, Unknown in Serif Apps), was improved for easy typing of chess symbols with wk (white king), wq (white queen), wr (white rook), wb (white bishop), wn (white knight), wp (white pawn), bk (black king), bq (black queen), br (black rook), bb (black bishop), bn (black knight), bp (black pawn).
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Re: Kabala Update

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Sat Jan 23, 2016 8:04 pm

Version 3.20 fixes the kerning classes bug and adds more kerning pairs.

The Alternative Fractions were improved for bold and semi-bold styles.

6/11/2016 (ver 3.20) • 8 type styles, 2,418 Glyphs, > 17K Kerning Pairs
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Re: Kabala Update

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:30 pm

Version 3.30 added Localised Forms for Romanian, ligatures for Dutch, more Stylistic Alternates, improved kerning classes, and more kerning pairs. The archive includes web versions.

The improvements in FontCreator 10.1 certainly speed things up.

  1. Export/Import of scripts saves the most time, especially on a large family like this with the same glyphs in each style.
  2. Autokern and colour-coding of positive adjustments pairs makes it faster to spot errors
  3. Improved validation of class overlaps makes it easier to organise the kerning classes
  4. Find and List in search category makes it easy to find the glyphs that need fixing
  5. Improvement to Complete Composites speeds up redesigning glyphs
  6. Export All fully automates exporting *.otf and *.woff versions
  7. Last, but not least, I no longer seem to encounter problems removing fonts from MainType, so if I spot an error, it takes only about ten minutes to export the entire set again.
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Re: Kabala Update

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Sat Jan 07, 2017 7:03 pm

Version 3.40 was updated with FontCreator 10.1.

  1. Smaller, low profile accents are used where appropriate
  2. The spacing of accents is not so tight
  3. Kerning classes were improved and more pairs added
  4. Proportional figures were added
  5. The web versions have no Petite Capitals, and are therefore smaller, even with hinting
  6. A bug in glyph naming of Greek Petite Capitals was fixed (micosign µ is not the same glyph as Greek mu although it shares that name for legacy reasons).
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Re: Kabala Update

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:16 am

Version 3.41 fixed a bug in the fractions feature. Standard fractions were not being used at all as the lookups were in the wrong order.

The fonts also no longer include glyph names as they are no longer needed. This reduces file sizes. Removing the legacy kerning tables would reduce file size even more, but kerning would not then work in older applications, e.g. any version of PagePlus prior to PagePlus X9, which is the first to support GPOS kerning.
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