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May 9, 2005

The Fontographer’s new clothes.

In a surprising bit of news, Fontlab Ltd. announced that as of today the veritable type design tool Fontographer has a new place to call home. Not only do the makers of the coincidentally named Fontlab software intend to support existing Fontographer users, they also plan on continuing development — at least to the point of dragging Fontographer into the realm of current operating systems.

I’ve been a user of Fontographer since 1989 and I have to admit that I never thought I would see the day where the software might be made viable again. It had been languishing as an “other software’“ line item at Macromedia for years, and there’s no way that the new sugardaddy Adobe would consider putting even fifteen cents into perpetuating a “non-core” technology. I congratulate Fontlab for realizing that some people just don’t have the time to learn the newer tools and that old school can still have some moves. Personally, I can’t wait to see how this unfolds, but there are others who have a different opinion regarding this news. More banter about the announcement at Typophile.

This item was posted by Grant Hutchinson.

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