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Macros initial upload Jan 25, 2016
FMX 1.0 installer.flw easy-to-use installer Jan 25, 2016
README.md installer hint Jan 25, 2016
license.txt installer hint Jan 25, 2016

README.md

Freemix Tools for FontLab

Some Python scripts to be used with FontLab.

To install, just download FMX 1.0 installer.flw and open it with FontLab Studio.

FMX Glyph Table

  • This tool currently only works in FontLab 5.1 on Mac OS.
    
  • This is an attempt to represent all glyph-specific data in the font in an editable table.
    
  • To copy the data into the clipboard, run the macro in the Font Window with some glyphs selected, or no selection, which copies the whole font.
    
  • Try pasting the clipboard into a spreadsheet application like Excel or Numbers.
    
  • For built-in documentation, select “add help row”.
    
  • Some columns are editable: modify, copy back to the clipboard, and “paste” in FontLab by running the macro again.
    
  • The tool reports all changes it makes to the font (except mark and selection). While the tool is still a bit experimental, I am confident that this particular functionality is reliable: The tool will not make any changes behind your back.
    
  • In order to rename glyphs (i.e. modifying the base name or extension column), you need to include the index column.
    
  • If the index column is not pasted, the tool identifies glyphs by name, which allows you to quickly apply changes to several fonts.
    
  • Pasting non-editable columns does not hurt – they will be ignored.
    
  • Some columns support meta values such as (base comp) or (base name).
    
  • Screen cast coming soon.
    

FMX Class Walk

  • Step through your classes and see live marking of the key glyph (blue) and members.
    
  • The members are marked red for R classes, yellow for L classes, and orange for R&L classes.
    
  • Break off with OK to resume the walk at the same class later.
    

FMX Mark Classes

  • Marks the key glyphs of all classes blue and all members orange.
    
  • Gives warnings if glyphs are keys or members for multiple classes.
    
  • By default, this tool shows the kerning classes. In the macro code, change class_start to '.' show metrics classes.
    

FMX Stem Histogram

  • Inspired by Peter Karow’s method, it visualizes which stem weights occur in the font.
    
  • This tool merely analyzes the hints and links, it does not detect stems.
    
  • Select a number of glyphs, or none to output the whole font.
    
  • The histogram can be useful when defining standard stems.
    
  • You can use it to detect inconsistent stem weights.
    
  • The histrogram reveals wrongly set hints as they are often created by autohinting when it catches whole terminals as stems.
    

FMX Kerning/Metrics class

  • Select a glyph in the font window, right-click and choose from the Macro submenu.
    
  • This sets up a kerning or metrics class, which you will find in the Classes panel.
    

FMX Mark

  • Select some glyphs in the font window, right-click and choose your color.
    

FMX Select same Color/Suffix

  • Access by right-clicking in the Font Window.
    
  • Selects all other glyphs with the glyph’s color or suffix (i.e. separated by '.').
    

Released under the MIT License.