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    Uncompiled open source software

    I am trying to get hold of some software that will create my own font. I have found FontForge via Sourceforge , but the package is uncompiled.

    I cant work out how to compile or what to do with it. Or am I better off trying to find a package that is already an executable?

    Johanna

    Does anyone fancy providing me with a basic tutorial to cover this?

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    Re: Uncompiled open source software

    You might find it easier to give Type light - a freeware OpenType™ font editor from CR8 Software Solutions a go. I haven't tried it myself, but it's one of the very few free software offerings around in the font editing/ creating arena.

    Alan

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    Re: Uncompiled open source software

    Thanks Alan.

    I will have a go with that one.

    I have always been puzzled about the process of creating a compiled piece of software. I'll save that to another day.

    Johanna

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    Re: Uncompiled open source software

    The process of compiling from open source can vary from dead easy to near-rewrite, depending on the source. You also need an appropriate language compiler installed on your system. I believe that FontForge needs to use the Cygwin library to run as a Unix program on Windows, but also needs to be compiled with particular peculiarities, with Windows as its target platform. The website mentions a specially modified Cygwin distribution used to compile & run it. I don't know details but the fact that a pre-compiled Windows version doesn't already exist tends to make me think that the whole "Windows port" method will be a messy affair.

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    Re: Uncompiled open source software

    Thanks Alan

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    Re: Uncompiled open source software

    You do understand that no one else will be able to see your custom font unless you send it to them first? Otherwise, it will only be useful for say printing documents off of your system.

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    Re: Uncompiled open source software

    I hope you're successful with Alan's suggestion 'cause it's free! But just as a point of reference (and for others) here's one that I bought quite some time ago to do some heavy font work for the educational television network I used to work for. It's current price is $79 USD. High-Logic - Font Editor, Font Manager and Font Generator

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    Re: Uncompiled open source software

    Hi,

    Yes I do realise that.

    Mr Johbot read an article in a computer magazine that I left lying around (I'll have to stop doing that) about using a custom font application to create an image of a signature that he could then use in documents.

    Personally I am not keen on the whole idea and have tried to avoid doing anything about it, but am now being led towards seeing the value in the proposition (not really, but in the interests of domestic harmony).

    Johanna

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    Re: Uncompiled open source software

    If you want to be able to add a signature to a Word document for example, see <post:=12,531>post 12,531</post:> and <post:=263,252>post 263,252</post:>...

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    Re: Uncompiled open source software

    <hr>Mr Johbot read an article in a computer magazine that I left lying around (I'll have to stop doing that) about using a custom font application to create an image of a signature that he could then use in documents.<hr>
    Was this article from the 1980s? Because this is what we had to do to create signatures on mainframe laser printers and the early 'HP LaserJet 2'-type printers. The signature was overlaid by a series of squares, (say five columns by two rows) and each square was assigned a letter, so that in that 'signature' font<pre>ABCDE
    FGHIJ</pre>

    came out on the paper as the signature, in glorious black-and-white!

    Now we have graphics... (Well, we did then, but it was much more messy!)
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    Time prevents everything happening all at once...

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    Re: Uncompiled open source software

    There's also the possibility of scanning a written signature, then "tracing" the bitmap image to produce a vector graphic, like .svg or .emf. Such an image is (truly) scalable and can be used at any size, colour etc.

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    Re: Uncompiled open source software

    Looks to me as if this is a good example of me not conducting a complete analysis of user needs.

    The article was in APC July 2008 and suggests that you use Font Forge to import your image into an empty glyph in your font of choice so that you can use the keyboard shortcut from Character Map to insert in your document or spreadsheet.

    Thanks for everyone's help. I now have lots of choices with which to solve his problem (once I work out what it actually is)

    Johanna

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    Re: Uncompiled open source software

    And if it's your husband and you're a "true" woman, it's probably not really a problem at all, eh? <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Uncompiled open source software

    LOL!!

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    Re: Uncompiled open source software

    > I now have lots of choices with which to solve his problem (once I work out what it actually is)

    Spoken like a seasoned systems analyst! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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