Adding OpenType Features in FontCreator 11.0

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Adding OpenType Features in FontCreator 11.0

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:07 pm

For earlier versions, see Adding OpenType Features Using FontCreator 7

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Visual OpenType Designer

In FontCreator 9.0, the previous OpenType Layout Feature Editor was merged with the OpenType Designer. The code editor is still available for those who need it, but a visual representation of OpenType features and lookups aims to make the editing process more intuitive for those not familiar with editing code.

FontCreator 10.1 made further improvements to the OpenType Designer. Shortcut Ctrl W can be used to close it without saving any changes (as well as the Alt F4 Windows default).

FontCreator 11.0 made further improvements to adding OpenType Features. See the latter part of the What is New video on YouTube for a brief summary of the improvements to the OpenType Designer.

The dialogue and the code editor can now be resized to be much smaller than before.

OpenType Designer 11.png
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On opening the OpenType Designer for a font with OpenType features, one will see a window with the scripts, features, and lookups on the left. One can also import scripts to add OpenType features. Selecting a Glyph Substitution feature like AlternativeFractions (afrc) as in the screen shot below will display visually the input and output for each substitution in the lookup in the pane on the right.

The input for the selected lookup is “one slash one six,” and the output is the glyph named “onesixteenth.afrc.” That is, if the user types 1/16 in an OpenType aware application and if the Alternative Fraction feature is enabled, the stacking fraction in the right-hand preview pane will be the result. The text is still 1/16, but the OpenType feature replaces it with the alternative fraction glyph. If the feature is disabled, or the font is changed to one without that feature, then the text will be shown as 1/16.

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This Thread is Locked: Please ask in the Support Forum if you have any questions about using the Visual OpenType Designer as the topic is too complex to summarise it all in one thread.
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