> Could anybody offer any advice on the best font creation software? I
> have an
> ancient version of Macromedia Fontographer. Obviously FontLab Studio
> would be the obvious choice (since they have taken on Fontographer), but
> this is best? Is there any better software available or coming available
> soon? Any thoughts, articles or advice would be greatfully recieved.
Fontlab is probably the best commercially available. After aquiring
Fontographer they implemented it's drawing tools and layer system into
FontLab. The only features that were better in Fontographer. FontLab can
be very confusing at first, especially all the OpenType features but on
the other hand it can take care of many settings automatically.
Ikarus and other tools is available at http://www.fontmaster.nl/
I've used Ikarus about 10 years ago and it has probably evolved a lot. At
that time digitizing was much better method for transferring hand drawn
characters into digital outlines than scanning and autotracing, probably
still is, but Ikarus produced really crappy Type1 fonts. Cleaning up the
paths in Fontographer was a must.
If you purchase the whole set of Masters it will set you back 2038.50¤.
Compared to 229.10¤ (Fontographer > FontLab upgrade) it is very expensive.
Although FontLab don't have all the features that The Masters have it
probably has better value for the money.