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FontLab Studio 5 for Mac Released

Typographica on December 12, 2005

FontLab StudioThe Mac version of Fontlab‘s flagship product has finally caught up with the Windows version. FontLab Studio 5 for Mac OS X was released today.

This is a major upgrade to the premiere font design tool. As is standard procedure for Fontlab, Studio 5 for Windows was released first, in September 2005, and the Mac hordes waited patiently (and some not so patiently) to achieve parity.


Key improvements over the previous version include:

  • new improved proofing and printing
  • improved Bézier drawing tools
  • integrated autotracing (formerly only available in ScanFont, a separate product)
  • improved font merging and blending
  • better OpenType and Unicode support
  • better autohinting
  • improved Python scripting support with RoboFab
  • redesigned preferences; save, open and exchange preference profiles and UI workspaces

Press release.

3 Comments

  1. Dan Reynolds says:

    When will FontLab Studio be able to open .fog files? Is this feature planned for a future release or update, now that Fontographer is also a FontLab product?

  2. Zara says:

    I believe you need to use FogLamp for .fog to .vfb conversions.

  3. Dan Reynolds says:

    Yeah, I know that you need to use FogLamp now… my question is whether FL Studio will build this feature into itself at a later date or not.

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