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How can a font collector identify supported OpenType features?

Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:32 pm
by Alfred
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?

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

Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:43 pm
by PJMiller
This sounds like a valid feature request for 'Main Type', perhaps you should ask Erwin.

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

Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:08 pm
by Bhikkhu Pesala
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.

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

Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:17 pm
by Alfred
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.

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

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:15 am
by MikeW
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

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

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:01 pm
by PJMiller
I support this request, it would be very usefull.

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

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:08 pm
by Alfred
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!

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

Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:58 am
by Erwin Denissen
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.

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

Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:32 am
by Alfred
Thanks for the positive feedback, Erwin. It would be great to have this feature in MainType. :)

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

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:03 am
by Bhikkhu Pesala
This has been implemented in MainType 8.0.

There is a column in views to show whether or not a font contains any OpenType features. The information panel can be used to compare OpenType features in different fonts.
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Re: How can a font collector identify supported OpenType features?

Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:58 pm
by nabsltd
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:03 am
This has been implemented in MainType 8.0.
And, with the Professional edition, you can use an auto-populating view to select for OpenType features.