Comparison of font editors

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This is a technical feature comparison of font editors.


Basic general information about font editors: creator, first release date, latest stable version, latest release date and license.

Software Creator First Release Date Latest Stable Version Latest Release Date License
BirdFont [1] Johan Mattsson August 24, 2012 Proprietary or open source
Crossfont Aaron Elkins March 14, 2019 Proprietary
DTL FontMaster 3.0 Proprietary
DTL FontMaster Light 2.7[2] Free
DTL OTMaster 6.3[2] Proprietary
DTL OTMaster Light 3.7[2] Free
FontArk (Web service) Proprietary
FontCreator Erwin Denissen January 25, 1999 12.0 May 7, 2019 Proprietary
FontForge George Williams 20190801 August 1, 2019 GPL3
FontLab Yuri Yarmola 1993 7.2 December 7, 2020 Proprietary
Fontographer Jim von Ehr 5.2 Proprietary
Glyphr Studio [3] Matt LaGrandeur, Mateusz Zawartka, Troy Coutu, & Eric Newport 0.5.3 October 2019 GPL3
Glyphs Georg Seifert 2011 2.6.2 2019 Proprietary, file format and parts of the code open source
Ikarus Proprietary
RoboFont Proprietary
Type 3.2 Proprietary
Type light 3.2.038 Proprietary
TypeTool 3.1 Proprietary

Operating system support[edit]

The table below lists the operating systems on which each font editor can run.

Software Windows OS X Linux Android iOS
Birdfont Yes Yes Yes
Crossfont Yes
DTL FontMaster Yes
DTL FontMaster Light Yes
DTL OTMaster Yes Yes Yes
DTL OTMaster Light Yes Yes Yes
FontCreator Yes
FontForge Yes Yes Yes
FontLab Yes Yes
Glyphs No Yes
RoboFont No Yes
Type Yes Yes
Type light Yes Yes
TypeTool Yes Yes

General features[edit]

Below is an overview of general features typical for font editors.

Software Maximum number of glyphs supported Windows Type 1 (.pfb) editor Mac Type 1 (LWFN) editor OpenType TT / TrueType (.ttf) editor Mac TrueType (sfnt/dfont) editor TrueType Collection (.ttc) editor OpenType PS (.otf) editor Macro / Script
FontCreator unlimited in source file[4] import and export import import and export OpenType PS (.otf) editor Macro / Script Transformations
FontForge Yes[5]
FontLab unlimited in source file import & export import & export import import import & export Python scripting
Glyphs unlimited in source file import import import & export import import import & export Python script and plug-ins, Objective-C plug-ins, free SDK available

The OpenType cmap table can reference a maximum of 65536 glyphs. [6]

TrueType hinting[edit]

Font editors supporting TrueType hinting can do that either automatically or manually. The availability of these functions and the possibility to debug hinting is indicated in the following table.

Software Automatic TrueType hinting Manual TrueType hinting TrueType hinting debugger
FontCreator 12 ttfAutohint
FontLab ttfAutohint & FontLab GUI code preview and rendering previews, including Windows ClearType on macOS
Glyphs ttfAutohint GUI live preview of 3 renderings

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b c DTL FontTools - Downloads. Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ "FontCreator Comparison Chart". Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  5. ^ "FontForge Scripting Tutorial". Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  6. ^

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