plugin that simulates the broad-nib pen (a.k.a. BrdaNibber)
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This is a plugin for the Glyphs font editor by Georg Seifert. It turns monolines of all selected glyphs into broad-nib strokes. After installation, it will add the menu item Filter > BroadNibber. You can set a keyboard shortcut in System Preferences.

Broad-nibbing a monoline.


  1. Download the complete ZIP file and unpack it, or clone the repository.
  2. Double click the .glyphsFilter file. Confirm the dialog that appears in Glyphs.
  3. Restart Glyphs

Usage Instructions

  1. Open a glyph in Edit View, or select any number of glyphs in Font or Edit View.
  2. Use Filter > BroadNibber to add broad-nib strokes to your lines. Experiment with the values.

Alternatively, you can also use it as a custom parameter:

Property: Filter
Value: BroadNibber; width:<width>; height:<height>; angle:<angle>

... where <width> is the width of the pen, <height> its thickness, and <angle> the nib angle. The order does not matter, e.g.:

Property: Filter
Value: BroadNibber; height:30; angle:10; width:40

At the end of the parameter value, you can hang exclude: or include:, followed by a comma-separated list of glyph names. This will apply the filter only to the included glyphs, or the glyphs not excluded, respectively.


The plugin needs Glyphs 2.4 or higher. I assume it will not work in earlier versions.


Copyright 2014 Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer (@mekkablue). Based on sample code by Georg Seifert (@schriftgestalt).

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

See the License file included in this repository for further details.