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Introduction to Unified Font Objects

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 10:24 pm
by Bhikkhu Pesala
The latest release of FontCreator 13 adds support for Export font as UFO. This option is on the file menu. When I first heard about this format a few weeks ago the only UFO I knew about was referring to possible alien spaceships.

A Unified Font Object is a series of human readable files that allow transfer of font data between different Font Editors. I exported one of my fonts, and had a look at the data for the capital H glyph. It looks like this:
H_glif.png (34.53 KiB) Viewed 527 times
It maps every point in the H contour, and is easy to understand. I show screen shots from FontCreator with successive points selected, starting from the first point. Look at the hintline x and y co-ordinates and compare to the *.glif contour data in the code view in notepad++
UFO 01.png
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UFO 02.png
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UFO 03.png
UFO 03.png (15.21 KiB) Viewed 527 times
UFO 04.png
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UFO 05.png
UFO 05.png (15.37 KiB) Viewed 527 times
UFO 06.png
UFO 06.png (15.29 KiB) Viewed 527 times
If you need to backup a Unified Font Object, archive the entire folder with 7-Zip using the PPMd compression method to reduce the size to about 7% of the size. PPMd is optimised for compressing plain text files.
UFO Archive.png
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Re: Introduction to Unified Font Objects

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:36 pm
by husham
thank you Bhikkhu for your explanation about UFO.