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Brother Gabriel-Marie
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Export as ttf

Post by Brother Gabriel-Marie » Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:19 am

Can FontCreator export a font as .ttf instead of .otf ? It seems like I can't find any option to specify .ttf in the export dialogue.
Does it even matter?

I tried not including opentype layout options in the export dialogue, but it still creates a .otf file.
I'm probably confused.

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Re: Export as ttf

Post by Brother Gabriel-Marie » Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:57 am

Oh - I found it.

When you are in the Export Dialogue, and you browse for a file location, you can choose *.ttf in the file dialogue's combobox.

I expected to see it in the Export Options.

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Re: Export as ttf

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:05 am

No, it doesn't matter. Either *.ttf or *.otf can be used whether or not the font contains OpenType features or a digital signature.

It is, however, a useful convention to name fonts without OpenType features as *.ttf and those with them as *.otf.

See this earlier thread in the Specification forum.
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Re: Export as ttf

Post by Brother Gabriel-Marie » Fri Mar 13, 2015 1:41 pm

So, in the end, you can use the extensions interchangeably. But it is good practice to use .otf if you include opentype layout features, and .ttf if you don't. This sounds reasonable.
Why doesn't FontCreator switch the extension to .ttf automatically if you don't export the opentype layout features?

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Re: Export as ttf

Post by Erwin Denissen » Fri Mar 13, 2015 1:54 pm

Brother Gabriel-Marie wrote:So, in the end, you can use the extensions interchangeably. But it is good practice to use .otf if you include opentype layout features, and .ttf if you don't. This sounds reasonable.
Why doesn't FontCreator switch the extension to .ttf automatically if you don't export the opentype layout features?
Some would like that while others would be really frustrated if it happened.
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