VFB and UFO QuickLook plugins for Mac OS X 10.5 by Georg Seifert
Type designers around the world primarily use two file formats in font development: FontLab?s VFB, the native file format of FontLab Studio, TypeTool and AsiaFont Studio, also used by BitFonter and TransType, as well as RoboFab?s UFO used by applications such as Tal Leming?s Area51 and MetricsMachine, or Erik van Blokland?s Superpolator.
Until recently, in order to take a look at the contents of any file, you needed to open it in the appropriate authoring application. Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard introduced a new technology called QuickLook which allows users to preview the contents of a file directly in Finder, without opening it in the application that created it. In Leopard, the Finder window directly show samples of OpenType or Type 1 fonts ? but VFB or UFO files still have been shown using generic icons. Until now!
We are proud to announce that we have teamed up with the highly talented type designer and software developer Georg Seifert. As a result of this collaboration, Georg Seifert?s company Schriftgestaltung released a VFB QuickLook plugin. For those who use UFO files, Georg also developed a UFO QuickLook plugin.
Both plugins are currently in beta and are available for free (though the developer accepts donations). You can look at your VFB and UFO files directly in Finder, along OTF or Type 1 fonts. After installing the plugins in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, your VFB and UFO icons in Finder will preview the letters ?Ag? set in the actual typeface. You can press space to view a larger sample or switch to Finder?s cover flow mode for a spectacular dynamic preview. The VFB plugin even provides a multi-layered rendering of Multiple Master fonts, and you can quickly see whether the font supports Western, Central European, Cyrillic or Greek characters.
Visit the Schriftgestaltung website
and download the plugins now!
(You must have Mac OS X 10.5 or newer. This does not work on Mac OS X 10.4 or on Windows.)