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ScanFont is a deprecated application: read what this means. If you need to batch-convert scans into outlines, and are working with FontLab Studio or TypeTool, it may still be very useful to you.

With ScanFont, you can turn graphics into fonts. Any bitmap image or outline illustration can be quickly converted into a fully-workable TrueType, Type 1 or OpenType font.

ScanFont 5 works as a plugin or companion for one of the following font editors: FontLab Studio 5, TypeTool 3. The Mac version is actually a Windows app running under emulation and does not work as a plug-in, but can save in the native .vfb format of TypeTool and FontLab Studio.

Version 5.0

Support for grayscale and color — from simple black-and-white to 32-bit color with smooth transparency

Direct import of EPS graphics — assists you in turning your Adobe Illustrator drawings into a font

Export of .vfb format fonts&nbsp— for use in any font editor by Fontlab Ltd.

Transformations and filters — from Pencil to Gaussian blur

Advanced image-split algorithms — from Table to Book Smart

Direct import of most image formats, including EPS, GIF, JPG, TIF, BMP, PNG and (on Mac OS X) PDF

Read the ScanFont 5 announcement.


Turn graphics into fonts. Version 5.0 for Mac and Windows.

Put a signature, logo or symbol into a font

Turn someone's handwriting into a font

Convert old print lettering or letterhead into modern electronic format

Create symbol fonts

Six simple steps

Step 1. Open any bitmap image or a vector illustration ? EPS, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF, directly from a scanner, on Mac OS X also PDF

Step 2. Improve and adjust the image using transformations, filters and effects ? remove background, adjust brightness/contrast and hue/saturation, rotate, sharpen, remove noise, blur

Step 3. Automatically separate the image into single character shapes ? using several presets and customizable precision

Step 4. Adjust character baselines and remove any unwanted shapes

Step 5. Export the character shapes into an outline font editor ? using a fine-tuneable autotracer, optimized for font creation

Step 6. Finalize and generate a Type 1, TrueType or OpenType font ? using TypeTool, FontLab Studio or AsiaFont Studio