Sample: great tool for Spies & Secret Codes

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Sample: great tool for Spies & Secret Codes

Post by Dave Crosby » Fri Jun 02, 2006 1:45 pm

Pssst. Hey Buddy, FontCreator and Spies were made for each other.

Tens of thousands of pictorial free fonts are flying around the World Wide Web. Most of them were made by simply pasting pictures into spaces where normal letters go. All a spy has to do is snag one of those fonts and use it to type in a message.
The receiver merely has to highlight the message and change to any "regular" font for the original message to pop out.
That is OK for beginners.

A bit more creative is to use FontCreator to do direct character substitution.

Samples allows the creation of new secret code fonts from beginning to end in a matter of mere minutes.

Samples also makes adding punctuation, numbers, Greek Letters, special symbols, etc. to any font a snap!
Make any font the sample, then drag anything you want from it into your other font or fonts if you are working with a group.

Samples makes quick work of zipping out a multitude of Collage and Montage fonts. Start with one sample font and drag various parts of it into a multitude of fonts, Switch the sample to another font face, scatter them through your new fonts, then on to the next.

For Secret Code Makers, just open a font, then ALSO make that font the Sample by:

Tools >> Options >> Sample >> Filename.

To return to the original High-Logic sample just leave this line blank.

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Be sure to use Tools >> Autonaming and save your SpyFont under a new name.

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Now open any glyph editing window, use the Eraser to make it blank.
NOTE: You could start with a clean new blank font, but then you would have to drag in all the punctuation etc.
Next, click on any sample glyph, click again and hold, then drag it in and release it. It will automatically go to the correct coordinates.
Use the Blue Arrows to advance to the next glyph and repeat.

Make A = Z and reverse the alphabet, or skip 2 ( A = C) or totally random. Refer to pages in a book, Whatever. Save often!

Type a message using your new font and then convert it to the original font before sending your message.

Only those with your new font can change it back and read it easily.

Use a third SpyFont for alternate parts of the message?

Buddy, I was never here. you are now on your own.
Last edited by Dave Crosby on Sat Sep 29, 2007 11:29 am, edited 3 times in total.
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Dave Crosby
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Deseret Alphabet

Post by Dave Crosby » Fri Jul 27, 2007 2:31 pm

The "Texas Dude" presented a well researched article on the Deseret Alphabet that could be an inspiration for new ideas along these lines.

Included is a RapidShare download location for two font versions.
Thanks TD!
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