An excellent article on Just Creative Design, about making your own fonts set me thinking about making my own fonts. But it’s a shame that he didn’t mention the excellent free software program FontForge.
FontForge can edit many forms of fonts – Windows’ TrueType and OpenType, many types of Mac fonts, and X11′s bitmap fonts – although the level of support is currently variable. It can, of course, convert from one format to another as well.
If you’ve ever tried any of the commercial font editors, you’ll already know that editing fonts is a complex and time-consuming process, and it’s good to know that FontForge has excellent documentation, including downloadable tutorials. Better yet, the user interface is available in a dozen languages, and the website itself has been translated into German, Japanese and Chinese.
It’s available for MacOSX, Linux and VMS as well as Windows, but note that Windows users will need CygWin to run FontForge. (We’ll cover CygWin another day…)