On Sun, 2007-12-23 at 02:00, PEPLUM ARTWORK wrote:
> with. I would preffer draw outlines at the end. Or maybe a function
> can generate outlines with bitmaps but i don't think so.
The autotrace function can draw an outline of a bitmap glyph. However --
results are bad unless the glyph is very big. So typical screen fonts
tend to produce rather ugly results. Furthermore, you generally want
your outlines to contain features that can't be represented well in
bitmaps (subtle differences between thin and thick stems, for example).
So I do not really recommend autotrace, but it is available.
> Well, the first problem is that my glyths don't seem to exist in a
> certain point of view because i can't change values like bearing in
> the metrics view.
FontForge is designed primarily as an outline font editor. You are
right, the metrics view will not let you change the side bearings of
> And when i do Ctrl+S , there is no blue mark that
> shows started glyths like it does with outline glyths.
Um the blue mark on a glyph shows that it has no hints, not that it has
been started. Glyphs that have nothing in them should be marked with a
> You're about to say that this is not a big problem because it saves
> as well. And you're right but there is a second very strange problem
> that doesn't happen with outline glyphs. Fontforge quits many times.
I think perhaps a better term is "crash"?
> It happens when i use selecting tool to set the right bearing in the
> bitmap view.
Do you mean you are moving the width line? I was unable to repeat this.
Can you give me a more precise description of what you did?
> I don't know if it can help, but i use Fontforge with X11 for mac. I
> didn't instal another toolkit like GTK or KDE, so it's Xaw i presume.
(Actually it's fontforge's own tool kit, called "gdraw" and it was
installed along with ff)
> Another minor problem is that i use to press something like Alt+Shift
> +D to find out what glyth it represents.
I'm afraid I don't understand you. FontForge does not do anything (and
never has) with the Alt+Shift+D combination (unless maybe the French UI
has a menu mnemonic "D".
Oh... Perhaps you are saying that if you press Alt+Shift+D in the font
view it will scroll to the "D" glyph. Yes, it will. It will also do this
if you just press Shift+D -- and that's a far better way of doing it.
Alt will invoke a menu if there is one with that mnemonic.