Sample Glyph Size

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Dave Crosby
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Sample Glyph Size

Post by Dave Crosby » Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:12 pm

Select Tools > Options > Sample.

Changing either Glyph Width or Glyph Height changes the left hand display size, but makes no difference to the dimensions of the resulting glyph when drug into the edit window.

I hoped to be able to get taller or fatter glyphs or at least increase or decrease the overall dimensions of the resulting glyphs.

A little explanation at that location of "normal setting" and results would be nice.
I noticed leaving the boxes empty resets to "factory setting" which is helpful.
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Post by Erwin Denissen » Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:44 pm

Although I understand your intentions, this is not a bug. Drawing a sample into the Glyph Edit window similar to the way you can add a rectangle or an ellipse, would be a great enhancement. I'll add that to the to-do list.
I noticed leaving the boxes empty resets to "factory setting" which is helpful.
When you empty a field that represents a value, the value is reset to the last known value.
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Not a bug

Post by Dave Crosby » Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:58 pm

Then perhaps this topic should be moved to the request section, or perhaps better yet deleted all together.
Drawing a sample into the Glyph Edit window similar to the way you can add a rectangle or an ellipse, would be a great enhancement. I'll add that to the to-do list.
It would be helpful to enter a set number so all the samples pulled in at the same dimensions (H = 1600, W = 1600; use a multiplier, or match font metrics some way) instead of having to hand size them.
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Post by Erwin Denissen » Mon Sep 24, 2007 3:38 pm

I've added your request to the to-do list.
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Re: Sample Glyph Size

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Thu Apr 30, 2015 12:44 pm

After giving some thought to this, I don't see see any advantage at all in changing the current behaviour. Why?
  1. Click and drag to resize is imprecise. Even using snap to guidelines is not always useful because although a rectangle should snap to the guides, a circle or triangle should overshoot them.
  2. The sample glyphs aren't likely to be the required size for many fonts. The symbols and dingbats in the samples font were designed for a CapHeight of 1434 funits, but most fonts will have different CapHeights. The Size Tab of the Transform Toolbar can be used after dragging the sample contours into the glyph edit window to resize them to the desired size. The newly added contours will already be selected, so it's not a problem.
  3. Making the behaviour like the Rectangle and Circle tools just adds one extra click to place the sample contours at their default size.
  4. Clicking to place the sample contours means they will always be placed in a different position. Currently, they are always placed on the baseline (or wherever they were designed to be positioned), and always with the left side-bearing that they were designed to have.
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