Tools for Creating and Managing Fonts
Commercial Font Creation Programs:
Macromedia has a very nice program for both Windows and Mac called Fontographer
Pyrus Software makes three different font creation programs
Corel Draw 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8, is probably the easiest and cheapest way for Windows user to get started making fonts. If you don't already have Draw, pick up an older version of it second hand.
Shareware Font Creation Programs:
Softy for Windows.
Font Management Programs:
If you love type, you're sure to be drowning in typefaces! Here are some helpful software programs for managing your fonts:
Printer's Apprentice for Windows 95 allows you to preview fonts before installing, and print samples and character sheets for your fonts.
FontLister for Windows95 allows you to print samples for installed and uninstalled fonts.
Bitstream has a nice application for Windows 95 called Font Navigator. It's included with CorelDraw version 8, or as a commercial software package. There is a 30 day trial version available at the Bitstream web site.
Technical Font Creation Information
What's hinting? Find out (hint, hint) here.
Microsoft now offers the ability to embed your URL and other information in TrueType fonts using their Font Properties tool.
Trying to choose a unique name for your font? Check out the Goudy Center Typeface Database, which maintains a searchable database of font names. The first search is free.
A very nice TrueType glossary.
A direct link to download font onscreen smoothing for Windows95 users who don't have the Plus pack installed.
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