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Birdfont 3.23.5

Create commercial or open fonts using this design tool

by Chris Wiles

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License: Free, for personal-use only
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 20 May 2019
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Developer: Johan Mattsson
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Birdfont 3.23.5
Create commercial or open fonts using this design tool

You may be a designer, but creating fonts is an art. Not only do you have to find a particular style, it then has to be carried across every character, consistently. Try creating an entire symbol set in Illustrator.

What you need is a dedicated font design tool and Birdfont should be considered, despite the steep learning curve. When you first download Birdfont you need to figure if you want to produce an Open Font or commercial fonts which you can put on the market. The difference is a measly $5/year subscription. For a $10 donation, you can move up to a Birdfont with support for coloured and OTF fonts.

When you start Birdfont, you have a blank canvas, which can look a little daunting. You also see all the characters you have to design - which includes capital and lowercase letters, numbers, symbols and many others. If you have a font design which you like but want to tweak, you can simply import an existing font and start editing. You can also import a SVG file or a background to get you started.

To get going, choose the character you want to design and you'll be presented with a range of tools. Simply start with the basic points of the font, then move around to tweak the style. You can setup guides and a grid to make editing easier, particularly to help migrate your design across other characters.

Once you are ready, you can export your new font for other users to enjoy.

What's new in 3.23.5?

- Add a customized character set to the overview tab.
- Center glyphs.

Verdict:

Decent font editor for a very low price, worth considering if you know what you're doing and have the patience to edit every single character required to develop a commercial font. We don't know how people find the patience!

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Windows 10 May 2019 Update ISO (build 1903)

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

May 2019 Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO will give you build 1903 which is the May 2019 Update.

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