How can a font collector identify supported OpenType features?

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How can a font collector identify supported OpenType features?

Post by Alfred » Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:32 pm

Suppose you want to find out which of your fonts include petite caps, tabular figures or swashes. Is there a utility that will scan your font collection and compile a list of the ones which include a particular OpenType feature?
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Re: How can a font collector identify supported OpenType features?

Post by PJMiller » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:43 pm

This sounds like a valid feature request for 'Main Type', perhaps you should ask Erwin.

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Re: How can a font collector identify supported OpenType features?

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:08 pm

The TrueType Viewer can view and test features (you need the download with the qt-mt230nc.dll), but it's dated and can only view one font at a time.

It would be a great feature to add to MainType.
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Re: How can a font collector identify supported OpenType features?

Post by Alfred » Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:17 pm

PJMiller wrote:
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:43 pm
This sounds like a valid feature request for 'Main Type', perhaps you should ask Erwin.
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:
Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:08 pm
It would be a great feature to add to MainType.
Thanks for your support, gentlemen. Edit: And thanks to Bhikkhu Pesala for moving the thread from the General Font Discussions subforum.
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Re: How can a font collector identify supported OpenType features?

Post by MikeW » Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:15 am

Alfred wrote:
Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:32 pm
Suppose you want to find out which of your fonts include petite caps, tabular figures or swashes. Is there a utility that will scan your font collection and compile a list of the ones which include a particular OpenType feature?
Though I have not installed the support for it, I do believe there are some Python scripts that can do this and generate a text-based report. I wouldn't know where to find them now, but a post on Typedrawers would likely be answered fairly quick.

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Re: How can a font collector identify supported OpenType features?

Post by PJMiller » Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:01 pm

I support this request, it would be very usefull.

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Re: How can a font collector identify supported OpenType features?

Post by Alfred » Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:08 pm

MikeW wrote:
Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:15 am
Alfred wrote:
Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:32 pm
Suppose you want to find out which of your fonts include petite caps, tabular figures or swashes. Is there a utility that will scan your font collection and compile a list of the ones which include a particular OpenType feature?
Though I have not installed the support for it, I do believe there are some Python scripts that can do this and generate a text-based report. I wouldn't know where to find them now, but a post on Typedrawers would likely be answered fairly quick.

Mike
Thanks for the suggestion, Mike. I haven't followed it up yet, but I may well do so quite soon – unless someone else gets there first!
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Re: How can a font collector identify supported OpenType features?

Post by Erwin Denissen » Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:58 am

This would indeed be a feature that suits MainType. I've been thinking about adding some support like the OpenType Preview feature as available in FontCreator, but that is per font.
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Re: How can a font collector identify supported OpenType features?

Post by Alfred » Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:32 am

Thanks for the positive feedback, Erwin. It would be great to have this feature in MainType. :)
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