FontCreator - Frequently Asked Questions


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Q: Can I share and sell fonts that I create with FontCreator or are there licensing implications?
Q: Which OpenType layout features can automatically be added to fonts?
Q: Is it legal to modify a commercial font?
Q: Why don't quotation marks work in Microsoft Word?
Q: Is FontCreator available for a Mac?
Q: How can I change the height of a font?
Q: I want to change the font name, but I don't know how. What is the solution?
Q: My font only looks good at large sizes, what can I do to improve the quality at small sizes?
Q: Where can I find a glossary of terms about fonts?
Q: What is a Symbol font?
Q: My exported font is not displaying properly, how can I solve this?
Q: Is my version of FontCreator compatible with my Windows version?
Q: Can I create fonts for other languages?
Q: Can FontCreator be used to create fonts for languages like Hebrew, Syriac or Arabic?
Q: Is your user-manual available in other languages?

Q: Can I share and sell fonts that I create with FontCreator or are there licensing implications?

A: If you have created a font yourself (without using anything from other fonts), it is your property. However be aware FontCreator Home Edition can NOT be used for commercial purposes. You have to buy the Standard Edition or Professional Edition instead.

Q: Which OpenType layout features can automatically be added to fonts?

A: FontCreator can automatically add a lot of common ligatures and other OpenType Layout Features to your font. For a full list of features and their required glyph names please see the OpenType Layout Features page.

Q: Is it legal to modify a commercial font?

A: Several font vendors do allow this, as long as the modified font is only used on machines for which you have licensed the original font. If you have questions about what can or can't be done with a font, you should contact the font's manufacturer.

Q: Why don't quotation marks work in Microsoft Word?

A: Word-processors often use autocorrect to convert the straight apostrophe (') and straight quote or inches character (") to typographical quotation marks (“), (”), (‘) and (’), also known as smart or curly quotes. If your font doesn't have mappings to these characters, you will see rectangles instead. When the quotes aren't showing at all, you need to add outlines to the corresponding glyphs. Make sure that your font contains all of the recommended glyphs.

Q: Is FontCreator available for a Mac?

A: No, the software runs on Windows only. However Mac OS X does support fonts created with FontCreator.

Q: How can I change the height of a font?

A: To change the top and bottom of a font; select Settings from the Format menu to open the Font Settings window and select the Metrics page. Here you can change the Win Ascent (Top) and Win Descent (Bottom). You should also update the other ascender and descender values. To update all values at once, press the Calculate button. Read more...

Q: I want to change the font name, but I don't know how. What is the solution?

A: The font name is stored inside the font, so changing the file name won't work. The easiest way to change the font name is to change the Font Family on the Properties dialog available in the Font menu and then exporting the font again.

Q: My font only looks good at large sizes, what can I do to improve the quality at small sizes?

A: The quality has a lot to do with hinting. The hints are what make it look good at low resolutions. Starting with FontCreator 7 hinting information can be automatically added to your fonts. Another solution is grayscale support. To enable it select Smoothing from the Format menu. Delete all entries. Now add a new entry and set "Grayscale rendering" as well as "Smoothing".

Q: Where can I find a glossary of terms about fonts?

A: There are a lot of terms used in font design: Ascender, Glyph, Diacritic. These and more are explained here.

Q: What is a Symbol font?

A: Symbol fonts are special fonts, that should only include symbols, signs, signatures, pictures, decorations, arrows and bullets. Symbol fonts do not form words so line breaks can occur after any character code. Most spell checkers don't check symbol font-formatted content. There are Symbol fonts on the market that contain (Latin) characters. Such fonts do cause problems as explained above (e.g. wrong line breaks and no spell checking). In such case you should contact the font vendor.

Q: My exported font is not displaying properly, how can I solve this?

A: Glyphs with a lot of contours can confuse the autohinter which may result in hinting that is incomplete. You can try to disable autohinting by changing the hinting to "No hinting" or "Keep original" if available.

Q: Is my version of FontCreator compatible with my Windows version?

A: With a new windows version it sometimes happens that some features of older versions are no longer functioning properly. The following table shows which version works with each windows version:

FontCreator 5 - Windows 2000/XP
FontCreator 6 - Windows 2000/XP/Vista
FontCreator 7 - Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8
FontCreator 8 - XP/Vista/7/8

You can upgrade to the latest version though our upgrade page.

Q: Can I create fonts for other languages?

A: Yes, FontCreator provides you all the tools required to create fonts for specific languages.

Q: Can FontCreator be used to create fonts for languages like Hebrew, Syriac or Arabic?

A: Yes, FontCreator provides you with all the tools needed to create these fonts including a graphical designer to create even the most complex glyph positionings required for these languges.

Q: Is your user-manual available in other languages?

A: No, our user-manuals are currently only available in English.