Open Type Development

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Open Type Development

Post by Mike Thompson » Mon Mar 01, 2010 2:33 pm

I have begun to work with VOLT. Currently I have three versions of the same font
in my working directory.
1) The pure TrueType font generated by Font Creator (.ttf)
2) A font with special tables put there by VOLT to allow for OpenType development. (.ttf)
3) A release version of generated by VOLT stripped of the temporary tables and ready for shipping (.otf)
I have not yet developed a smooth routine :-(

I want to be able to install any of these fonts and look at them in a word processor or browser. I need to do this
quickly and with certainty that I know which version is being used.
BUT sometimes changes I make don't appear until the machine has been restarted. On several occasions
MainType has displayed a window full of empty glyphs (says its an ASCII font). MainType also says that all
the fonts are TrueType.
All very confusing.
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Re: Open Type Development

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Mar 01, 2010 4:52 pm

If you want to check the OpenType features that you have added, try the free TrueType Viewer. Open the otf version, and enable the features. Type some sample text.
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Re: Open Type Development

Post by Mike Thompson » Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:18 am

The True Type Viewer is useful in many ways but does not seem to handle right to left languages.
The Hebrew is displayed backwards which isn't helpful in testing Kerning.

I started this Topic because I couldn't work with MainType. I modify a font using VOLT
by putting in a ridiculous kerning pair. One character is moved up helf a space and the other
character moved down so it is impossible not to see it.
I then save ("Ship") the modified font as an .otf file.
I unistall the .ttf version of the font and install the new .otf
Now I open a word processor and I don't see my changes!
I restart the computer and now I do see them.

Why isn't MainType doing the installation properly? I can I do it in a different way?
I'm using the I- and I+ buttons.
Help Please as the restart makes things very slow.
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Re: Open Type Development

Post by Mike Thompson » Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:27 am

I have discovered that MainType gets "stuck" after displaying a corrupted font generated
by VOLT. So until this problem is resolved, let's assume MainType if OK! :D :D :D

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Re: Open Type Development

Post by crewmember » Wed Apr 07, 2010 4:23 pm

I have had major problems with all Open Type Fonts, they don't show up, or don't show up as loaded, won't show in a pdf. I am going to see if the new 3.0 version has addressed this. Could be an Adobe problem or Vista. Have not encountered this before.

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