At just $99, FontLab’s TypeTool 3 is an affordable, simple and easy-to-use font editor for TrueType, PostScript Type 1, and OpenType fonts. Because it’s based on FontLab’s professional fontmaking technologies, it’s also extremely capable and professional.
With it, you can:
- Convert fonts from PostScript (Type 1) to TrueType and back
- Convert fonts from Mac to Windows and back
- Build new fonts from EPS files — great for dingbats, logos and signatures!
- Draw new characters
- Copy characters from other fonts
- Copy/paste from Adobe Illustrator
- Print font reference tables
- Assign characters to new keyboard positions
- Automatically fix fonts whose characters print strangely or won’t print at all
- Export characters in EPS format
- Automatically kern and hint an entire font
TypeTool is perfectly suited for 99% of a graphic designer’s needs, at a fraction of the cost of Fontographer or FontLab Studio. I consider it an essential part of a professional graphic design toolbox.
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.