Python development for Glyphs.app
These are text editor snippets intended to facilitate Python (both 2 and 3) development for Glyphs.app. Have fun.
TextMate: Since I use TextMate myself, the TextMate snippets can safely be assumed to be up to date most of the time.
Sublime Text: Newer versions of Sublime Text can read TextMate bundles, so you are up to date automatically. See installation instructions below.
Atom: Since I don’t use Atom, I depend on other people’s pull requests. Hence, the Atom snippets are usually out of date. If you want up-to-date snippets for Atom, feel free to contribute to this repository on a regular basis.
gspy⇥Basic structure of a Glyphs script that iterates through selected layers.
title⇥MenuTitle (name of the script as it appears in the Script menu) and docstring (text for the tooltip).
clear⇥Clears the Macro Window log.
macro⇥Clears the Macro Window log and brings the Macro Window to the front.
angle⇥Function returning the angle between two points.
center⇥Convenience function returning the center (as NSPoint) of an NSRect.
circle⇥Function returning a GSPath containing a circle.
otclass⇥Function that creates or (if it already exists) updates an OpenType class.
otfeature⇥Function that creates or (if it already exists) updates an OpenType feature.
italic⇥Function that returns a point position that respects an italic angle.
offset⇥Function that offsets a GSLayer.
round⇥Function that rounds the corners of a GSLayer.
measurement⇥Function that returns intersection points (like the Measurement tool does) of the decomposed and overlap-removed layer.
msg⇥Function for displaying a simple (non-Vanilla) message dialog.
select⇥Adds item on a layer to the user selection.
tab⇥Opens a new tab with supplied text or collection of layers.
transform⇥Function for creating a NSAffineTransform object, necessary for shifting, scaling, skewing, rotating.
bezier⇥Function for returning the x,y for a given t on a cubic Bézier curve segment.
clipboard⇥Function for setting the clipboard.
random⇥Import the random library, seed, and create a random integer.
sort⇥Sort a list of objects by a certain attribute of those objects (e.g. layers by their max y).
terminal⇥Execute a Terminal (bash) command.
trace⇥Import the traceback library and print a traceback. Useful for except clauses.
subtract⇥Subtract GSPath objects.
intersect⇥Intersect GSPath objects.
timer⇥Method for taking and reporting elapsed time.
notification⇥Display a floating notification in top right corner of screen.
write⇥Method saveFileInLocation() for writing UTF-8 string into a new file.
keys⇥NSEvent algorithm for determining which modifier keys are pressed by the user.
g23⇥A try/except clause for compatibility with Glyphs 2 and 3.
fut⇥The from future imports for Glyphs 2/3 and Python 2/3 compatibility.
update⇥Send an interface update notification to the Notification Center. Only use this to force a UI update if Glyphs does not redraw as it should.
gsgui⇥Basic structure of a Glyphs script with a dialog (GUI). Uses Vanilla.
pref⇥Register, load, register & load, or save preferences for Vanilla GUI items.
button⇥Vanilla popup and square button.
text⇥Vanilla text box or text edit field.
progress⇥Vanilla progress bar.
tooltip⇥Tooltip for a Vanilla object.
vanilla⇥Show help for Vanilla classes.
Plugin SDK-specific snippets
rgb⇥NSColor object with RGB definition.
plugindef⇥Function definition structure better suited for the Plugin SDK.
log⇥Log a message to the console.
url⇥Prefill the productPageURL or updateFeedURL entry of a plug-in’s Info.plist with a GitHub URL.
key⇥Define a keyboard shortcut for a plug-in, including the modifier keys.
conditionsAreMetForDrawing()method for Reporter plug-ins. It will return
Falseif the user is in text mode or switched to the Hand tool (H).
- TextMate bundle: double click to install
- Sublime Text: Open Sublime Text > Preferences > Browse Packages… and move the
Python for Glyphs.tmbundleinto the folder that appears
- Atom: move to
Copyright 2014 Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer (@mekkablue). Some code by Georg Seifert (@schriftgestalt). Atom adaptation by Kenneth Ormandy (@kennethormandy).
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
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