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An Open Source software that allows users to edit outline and bitmap fonts on Linux systems

editor's review




FontForge is an open source, cross-platform and freely distributed graphical application designed to allow anyone with some experience in creating fonts to edit existing fonts, as well as to create new ones.

Lets you create various font types

The software has been engineered in such a way that it lets you create various font types. At the moment, it supports TrueType (TTF), PostScript (PS), OpenType (OTF), Multi-Master, Cid-Keyed, CFF (Compact Font Format), Bitmap (BDF), and SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) fonts.

It can import various image files

FontForge has been designed from the ground up to allow font designers to easily and quickly import various image files, such as JPG, PNG or TIFF, which can be used as character backgrounds for tracing purposes.

You can use it to convert fonts

The FontForge application also lets users to easily and quickly convert fonts from one format to another. In addition, it supports several fonts that are mostly used on Mac OS X operating systems.

Getting started with FontForge

On a GNU/Linux distribution, you can usually install FontForge directly from its official software repositories, using the built-in package manager. However, if you can’t find the application there, you can always install it using the source package distributed for free on Softpedia.

After installation, you can start the application from the Graphics section of your desktop environment’s Start Menu. You will be asked if you want to open and edit an existing font or if you want to create a new one. Its user interface is simple and intuitive, so you won’t have a problem using it.

Runs on Linux, Windows and Mac

This is a cross-platform application that runs on any Linux kernel-based operating systems, as well as on the Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows OSes. Currently, it supports 32 and 64-bit computer platforms.
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Last updated on January 30th, 2015

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