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by Timo Kähkönen
Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:23 pm
Forum: Scanahand - Requests and Enhancements
Topic: Character Spacing
Replies: 9
Views: 10288

Re: Character Spacing

Calculating Optical Metrics in FontCreator Pro takes 10-20 minutes, or more, depending on hardware.
What causes the slowness?

Does FC Pro support both LSB/RSB and autokerning calculation for all glyphs? If so, then it may be a solution for us.
by Timo Kähkönen
Wed Mar 26, 2014 6:21 pm
Forum: Scanahand - Requests and Enhancements
Topic: Character Spacing
Replies: 9
Views: 10288

Re: Character Spacing

Why not to apply LSB/RSB calculation to all glyphs? Is it then too slow?
by Timo Kähkönen
Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:58 am
Forum: Scanahand - Requests and Enhancements
Topic: Character Spacing
Replies: 9
Views: 10288

Re: Character Spacing

This is fine for some portion of user base, but we in northern Europe are in need of proper spacing/kerning calculation of extended character sets (ÅÄÖÆØ etc.) and my Russian friends appreciate also АБВГДЕЖЗИЙ etc (Правильно я говорю, мой друг?). Any updates done regarding above? We are considering...
by Timo Kähkönen
Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:29 pm
Forum: Scanahand - Requests and Enhancements
Topic: Character Spacing
Replies: 9
Views: 10288

Re: Character Spacing

Scanahand 4.0 is out now and the features can be seen here: http://www.high-logic.com/font-generator/scanahand/release-history.html . The enhancements from previous version (3.1) seems to be minor, but I had the opportunity to see a glimpse of the new very promising spacing algorithm, which did not...
by Timo Kähkönen
Mon Jul 11, 2011 4:33 pm
Forum: Scanahand - Requests and Enhancements
Topic: Scanahand 3 - a little underwhelmed.
Replies: 16
Views: 14615

Re: Scanahand 3 - a little underwhelmed.

iKern is a tool that has been onscreen so much, so here is a comparation between Igino Marini's iKern and Adobe's Optical Kerning: http://www.royalcomics.org/puhekupla/iKern_vs_Optical.pdf Sample 3 in this PDF is nearly acceptable without kerning, because it's spacing (sidebearings) are made by Igin...
by Timo Kähkönen
Mon Jul 11, 2011 1:21 pm
Forum: Scanahand - Requests and Enhancements
Topic: Scanahand 3 - a little underwhelmed.
Replies: 16
Views: 14615

Re: Scanahand 3 - a little underwhelmed.

I went through all the 2266 pairs and adjusted manually all pairs which seemed to be bad kerned. Here is the result: http://www.royalcomics.org/puhekupla/manually_adjusted.pdf And here in uppercase, because this is more readable and flaws can be seen easier: http://www.royalcomics.org/puhekupla/manu...
by Timo Kähkönen
Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:48 pm
Forum: Scanahand - Requests and Enhancements
Topic: Scanahand 3 - a little underwhelmed.
Replies: 16
Views: 14615

Re: Scanahand 3 - a little underwhelmed.

I tested PJONGJANG and SCOTLAND with optical kerning and yes - the result is similar to above example. That is one of the reasons, why iKern beats optical kerning. In my eyes PJ has too much space between them, but I'm pleased with kerning of OTL and UTH. Despite few beauty flaws, optical kerning is...
by Timo Kähkönen
Mon Jul 11, 2011 1:05 am
Forum: Scanahand - Requests and Enhancements
Topic: Scanahand 3 - a little underwhelmed.
Replies: 16
Views: 14615

Re: Scanahand 3 - a little underwhelmed.

Adobe Illustrator and maybe Photoshop, Indesign and Flash can be used as a kerning tool. I made a fully functional javascript for Illustrator (tested on CS4). The script picks kerning values using Optical Kerning and these values are imported to font in Font-Creator. When using this like kerned font...
by Timo Kähkönen
Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:39 pm
Forum: Scanahand - Requests and Enhancements
Topic: Scanahand 3 - a little underwhelmed.
Replies: 16
Views: 14615

Re: Scanahand 3 - a little underwhelmed.

Yes I have, but the result is not so good than in iKern or Optical Kerning. I have version 5.6. Maybe it is better in newer version. In my version for example pair "T." becomes too close. I tested Illustrator script, made kerning pairs with it's Optical Kerning and the result was very close to Optic...
by Timo Kähkönen
Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:32 pm
Forum: Scanahand - Requests and Enhancements
Topic: Scanahand 3 - a little underwhelmed.
Replies: 16
Views: 14615

Re: Scanahand 3 - a little underwhelmed.

Seems to be that the kerning value can be picked easier: comparing visible bounds (width) of unkerned and kerned text. Below is the code. Save it as kern.js and in Illustrator run it: File / Scripts / Other scripts ... (and open kern.js) IDEA: - add textframe with glyph pair "TA" - make it unkerned ...
by Timo Kähkönen
Thu Jul 07, 2011 1:34 pm
Forum: Scanahand - Requests and Enhancements
Topic: Scanahand 3 - a little underwhelmed.
Replies: 16
Views: 14615

Re: Scanahand 3 - a little underwhelmed.

An alternative way to add kerning pairs is to use Adobe Illustrator's script engine. Adobe has Optical Kerning, which can be selected as kerning method between two chars. Adobe has also javascript engine in it's layout programs. Using standard javascript is possible to iterate over all possible (or ...
by Timo Kähkönen
Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:57 pm
Forum: Scanahand - Requests and Enhancements
Topic: Scanahand 3 - a little underwhelmed.
Replies: 16
Views: 14615

Re: Scanahand 3 - a little underwhelmed.

I have to remind that Scanahand has been on stock 3 years and FontCreator at least 8 years. And still there is missing autokerning and autospacing with quality of iKern or Adobe Optical Kerning. Igino Marini said to me, that it has been several years work to make iKern tool. I have tried to make aut...
by Timo Kähkönen
Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:19 pm
Forum: Scanahand - Requests and Enhancements
Topic: Scanahand 3 - a little underwhelmed.
Replies: 16
Views: 14615

Re: Scanahand 3 - a little underwhelmed.

Any idea what an Ikern would cost on simple handwritten font? Year 2008 Igino Marini gave me price: 100 EUR per font or 300 EUR per font family (regular, italic, bold, bold italic). I got one font free of charge. In my ears 100 EUR sounds rather expensive, but if you have to make it manually (it la...
by Timo Kähkönen
Wed Jul 06, 2011 10:02 pm
Forum: Scanahand - Requests and Enhancements
Topic: Multi Page Template and Customizer
Replies: 16
Views: 14651

Re: Multi Page Template and Customizer

Are these available in Scanahand 3.1 xml-file? - Include Signature, Signature cell count, Signature unicode point and similar - Include predefined diacritical marks - paper size - margins All of these have significant influence in layout and/or generated font and to ensure sharing template without n...
by Timo Kähkönen
Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:35 pm
Forum: Scanahand - Requests and Enhancements
Topic: Scanahand 3 - a little underwhelmed.
Replies: 16
Views: 14615

Re: Scanahand 3 - a little underwhelmed.

Here is the comparation between No kerning, iKern and Adobe Optical Kerning: http://www.royalcomics.org/font_things/kern_compare.png The font was hard kernable, because the italic angle varied, but my eyes see light when looking iKern result. Adobe Optical Kerning is nearly similar than iKern. Witho...