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Fontographer 5.2

Font editor for designers. Version 5.2 for Mac and Windows

NEW! April 2019: Free Fontographer for Mac update to version 5.2.4 build 7022 fixes font opening problems on macOS 10.14.4. DOWNLOAD!

Make Your Own Fonts

Easy yet powerful font editor

With Fontographer, it’s easy to design new typefaces and to customize existing fonts, and the result will be high-quality fonts that can reliably work across different operating systems.

  • Create new fonts
  • Customize existing fonts, add extra characters
  • Fine-tune spacing and kerning
  • Fix problems in bad fonts
  • Convert old fonts to a new format


Fontographer 5 font generator

Editing fonts 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | Glyph design 1 | 2 | Metrics | OpenType | Export | Splashscreen |

Watch a short introductory video on Vimeo (no sound):

Main Features

  • Open and generate Type 1, TrueType, OpenType, Type 3 and Multiple Master fonts
  • Exchange working files with FontLab Studio, TypeTool or ScanFont using the FontLab VFB format
  • Copy-paste or import outline artwork or bitmap images (with customizable autotracing)
  • View all of your font’s characters in the Font Window
  • Examine or modify the font encoding
  • Design or change any character in the Glyph Window
  • Edit metrics and kerning in the Metrics Window
  • Easily set up and modify technical font parameters, font naming and linespacing settings in a comprehensive Font Info dialog
  • Automatically improve the font’s screen quality using sophisticated autohinting algorithms

Created with the designers in mind

Unlike any other font editor on the market, Fontographer 5 combines an easy, intuitive and very efficient user interface with our mature, state-of-the-art font creation technology, making it a perfect font editor for graphic designers, DTP professionals, calligraphers and type designers who do not wish to dive into the technical details of font creation.

Ease of use

Originally developed by the same team as the drawing program Freehand, Fontographer (or "FOG" as some call it) was the first software product on the Mac ever to include Bézier drawing tools, and has been famous for its clean, robust and easy-to-use user interface ever since.

Professional Font Software

Thanks to the completely restored font generation engine, Fontographer builds PostScript Type 1, TrueType and OpenType fonts with the same quality as our high-end FontLab Studio product (it also supports less-popular formats such as Type 3 and Multiple Master).

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“My hopes for new development
have just been realized with the release of Fontographer 5.0 in 2010 — all the simplicity has been retained with a range of new features.”

— Michael Everson, EverType

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Want to compare features between Fontographer and Fontlab’s other font editors? See the product comparison.

Get up to speed quickly

...with a copy of David Bergsland's new Practical Font Design Fontographer Edition, the e-book you need to learn the skills of type design. Available separately or bundled with Fontographer.

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Super Font Creator

Fontographer 5.2

In version 5.2 (available for both Mac OS X and Windows), we made Fontographer even easier to use: without specialized knowledge about font formats and font technology, any FOG user is able to create professional-quality fonts.

The secret behind this is our own unparalleled font technology know-how? The mature FontLab Studio engine, combined with brand-new sophisticated algorithms, provides the technical underpinnings for the new Fontographer 5. In fact, FOG 5 is even able to read and export FontLab VFB files, so exchanging documents between different font editors is easy!

Looks smooth, rocks hard

While FontLab Fontographer 4.7 was a small improvement over version 4.1, version 5.2 is a major overhaul of the product. We’ve remained close to the Fontographer spirit yet brought the improvements necessary for a modern font creator in the 21st century.

Our work on Fontographer 5 was like a restoration of a classic car. We’ve kept the familiar, elegant body that users love, giving it just a subtle facelift. And then we’ve replaced the old inefficient engine by modern cutting-edge technology.

Seasoned users of Fontographer 3 and 4 will quickly find themselves at home, and new users will find the product very easy to learn.

New Features in Version 5+

The highlights of the new Fontographer include:

User interface

  • TypeTool 3 Glyph antialiasing (smoothing) in all application windows
  • TypeTool 3 Glyph window zoom level up to 1600%
  • TypeTool 3 Radically redesigned and updated, easy-to-use Font Info dialog for editing the relevant technical parameters for all font formats, including OpenType, with updated, intelligent, automatic generation of OpenType-compatible font family naming and of cross-plattform linespacing values
  • TypeTool 3 Powerful Spotlight-like glyph search feature that allows you to quickly highlight or select glyphs based on the Unicode codepoint, glyph name or Unicode character name (including wildcards)
  • TypeTool 3 Easy access to the unencoded glyphs (OpenType alternates) using the FontLab prefix convention
  • TypeTool 3 Metrics and kerning editing in the Metrics Window
  • TypeTool 3 Manual editing of Type 1 hints

Font formats and international support

  • TypeTool 3 Font generator and reader for OpenType fonts (both PS/.otf and TT/.ttf flavor) with 20,000+ glyphs
  • TypeTool 3 Reads Mac Type 1 font suitcases (FFIL), Mac datafork suitcases (.dfont) and TrueType Collections (.ttc)
  • TypeTool 3 Opening and generation of Type 1 fonts, using cutting-edge FontLab technology
  • TypeTool 3 Full Unicode compatibility (fonts and user interface), including support for the Unicode Standard version 5.2
  • TypeTool 3 OpenType Layout features can be defined using the most recent Adobe FDK for OpenType (AFDKO) version 2.5 syntax
  • TypeTool 3 Modern OpenType-compatible encodings and a full set of international encodings
  • TypeTool 3 Support for OpenType digital signatures (DSIG)
  • TypeTool 3 Reads and exports the FontLab VFB format for easy integration into a FontLab-based workflow
  • TypeTool 3 Great screen font quality thanks to the integrated Adobe PostScript autohinter and the excellent FontLab TrueType autohinter
  • TypeTool 3 Integrated Adobe Type 1 and Microsoft TrueType rasterizers for high-quality bitmap generation from hinted outlines, and the ability to export the bitmaps in BDF format

Operating system and application support

  • TypeTool 3 Runs natively on Mac OS X (universal binary), Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
  • TypeTool 3 Copy-paste and import-export of Illustrator and Freehand outline artwork
  • TypeTool 3 Copy-paste and import bitmap images for autotracing

—plus countless additional improvements and bug fixes.

Now in the Version 5.2 update

  • TypeTool 3 RLM and Keyserver support for serving multiple licenses from a server. Great for computer labs!
  • TypeTool 3 More flexible automatic linespacing calculation
  • TypeTool 3 Handling of OpenType kerning
  • TypeTool 3 Non-Western Type 1 and TrueType Symbol font support
  • TypeTool 3 Align width to grid
  • TypeTool 3 Kerning Assistance and Metrics Assistance
  • TypeTool 3 Clipboard support and autotracing of template bitmaps
  • TypeTool 3 Hundreds of bug fixes
  • TypeTool 3 compatible
Fontographer Specifications

Imports fonts with 32,000 glyphs as OpenType PS (.otf), Win TrueType / OpenType TT (.ttf), Win Type 1 (.pfb + .pfm/.afm), ASCII/Unix Type 1 (.pfa + .afm), Mac Type 1* (LWFN), Mac Type 1 Suitcase* (FFIL), Mac TrueType* (.dfont or FFIL), TrueType Collections (.ttc), Win Multiple Master (.pfb + .mmm), Mac Multiple Master*, FontLab 3.0-4.6/TypeTool/ScanFont/FontLab Studio (.vfb), Also imports glyphs as Adobe Illustrator 8 EPS (.ai, .eps), TIFF, BMP.

Exports fonts with 32,000 glyphs as OpenType PS (.otf), Win TrueType / OpenType TT (.ttf), Win Type 1 (.pfb + .pfm/.afm), ASCII/Unix Type 1 (.pfa + .afm), Mac Type 1* (LWFN), Mac Type 1 Suitcase* (FFIL), Mac TrueType* (FFIL), Win Multiple Master (.pfb + .mmm), Mac Multiple Master*, FontLab 3.0-4.6/TypeTool/AsiaFont Studio/ScanFont/TransType/FontLab Studio (.vfb), Bitmap Distribution Format (.bdf). Also exports glyphs as Adobe Illustrator 8 EPS (.ai + .eps).

*) Only available in the Mac OS X version of the application

Note: OpenType Layout features can be specified as an external text file in the Adobe FDK for OpenType (AFDKO) version 2.5 format. OpenType Layout features are not preserved when an existing OpenType font is opened in Fontographer. We recommend DTL OTMaster to export AFDKO feature specifications from existing fonts and import them into Fontographer.

530+ pages of documentation (manual and technotes).

System requirements

Fontographer 5 for Windows: Modern Intel-compatible computer with 64 MB RAM and a hard drive, Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 10. Fontographer 5 for Windows is a 32-bit Windows application, but can run on 64-bit. On Windows 8 or Windows 10, Fontographer needs to be run in XP compatibility mode.

Fontographer 5 for Mac: Intel-based Mac computer with 64 MB RAM and a hard drive. Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (including macOS 10.12). Works in half-res mode on Retina screens. Fontographer 5 for Mac is a 32-bit universal binary application.

Multi-seat licenses available for Keyserver or RLM license servers.

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Fontographer Reviews

The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing - Issue 16.4 July / August 2011

"Fontographer 5.1 is the best-in-class font editor, the flagship application that has launched a thousand faces (and more). Not only does it excel as a powerful and flexible font editor, it enables the serious typographer to customize their existing fonts, add new glyphs as needed; critically adjust kerning and spacing; convert old fonts to a new format; and more."


?Every design studio should have Fontographer 5 for its wealth of font creation, editing, fixing, and conversion abilities.?
? Macworld, 6 October 2010, rated 4.5 out of 5 Mice

?The engineers at FontLab have produced what is without question the best upgrade ever to the venerable Fontographer program. The update of the interface retains the familiar Fontographer feel while providing a more modern look, and there are quite a number of improvements and new features. It's obvious there has been a lot of thought, time and effort put into this upgrade, and I am very grateful for all that work. My favorite new and improved features are the character antialiasing, OpenType and Unicode support, the ability to work with FontLab Studio .vfb file formats and the new hinting capabilities. Just these few things alone are going to make my workflow so much better, and they are but a small part of the long list of improvements. I highly recommend Fontographer 5 to anyone who is considering upgrading from earlier versions or is considering learning how to make fonts. Experienced users will love it, and I feel that even a new user who is skilled with other drawing programs would quickly adapt to using it.?
? George Thomas

?Fontographer?s real innovations are below the surface. (...) Generally speaking, the Fontographer crew has delivered a solid upgrade ? with some room for future improvements. (...) Fontographer?s interface is much more intuitive, understandable, and therefore more easily accessible; a clear advantage for the rookie.?
? Oliver Linke (PAGE magazine, October 2010)
(Read the full review!)

?Fontographer has served as a critical component of the font outline creating/editing workflow for a large number of the world?s leading type foundries for over two decades. FontLab?s recent efforts to revamp and enhance Fontographer is important, and timely, in that it ensures that these same type foundries can continue to use this important application on contemporary operating systems.?
? Dr. Ken Lunde (Senior Computer Scientist, Adobe Systems Incorporated)

"Fontographer 5.0, a Font Software product from fontlab.com, gets a 5 Stars SoftSea Rating"
 ? Softsea.com, July 2010 5stars_small.gif

"The new FOG5 is head-and-shoulders above my previous mainstay, FOG4.7.  I was productive immediately, since all the familiar keyboard shortcuts and tools are still there.  There are many new features, such as larger zoom(!!), enhanced Font Information settings, new formats for output (.otf for Mac and Windows), and especially the larger, clearer whole-font display.  Very highly recommended for font designers -- and graphic artists who want to fine-tune or enhance a font.  Works like a Mac program should.  A real winner."
? Dave Thompson (President, Educational Fontware)

?Fontographer?s virtue is in its relative ease of use. For designers used to programs such as Illustrator and Photoshop, Fontographer's tools are intuitive and easy to understand.
? Computer Arts, March 2006

?What was the first B?zier drawing program for Macintosh computers? No, it wasn't Illustrator. Nor was it FreeHand. The answer is Fontographer.?
? creativepro.com, Feb 2001

?Fontographer may be largely responsible for a creative burst of type design unmatched in hundreds of years.?
? HOW Magazine, Feb 1996

Download Fontographer

Download the Fontographer 5.2 for Mac OS X demo version for by clicking any one of these links (~20MB, same file, different servers). Demo limitation: fonts are only partially saved and generated fonts are watermarked. All fonts created by the demo are 100% valid and can be tested in any application. This application requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

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Download the Fontographer 5.2 for Mac OS X user manual (PDF format inside a ZIP, ~5.8MB) by right-clicking or Ctrl+clicking one of these links and choosing "Save link as" or "Download linked file":

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Download the Fontographer 5.2 for Windows demo version by clicking on any of the links below. (~9MB, same file, different servers). Demo limitation: fonts are only partially saved and generated fonts are watermarked. All fonts created by the demo are 100% valid and can be tested in any application. This application requires Windows XP or higher.

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Download the Fontographer 5.2 for Windows user manual (PDF format, ~4.2MB) - Sorry, the Windows manual is not ready yet. But the Macintosh manual (to the left) is almost the same except for screenshots.

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Purchase Fontographer

It takes up to a day to process an order. Usually we can get it done within a few hours and you will receive your serial number the same day. Occasionally it won't be until the next business day.

Fontographer for Mac

Fontographer 5.2 for Mac OS X (for Mac OS X 10.4 or higher) US$259.00

Fontographer 5.2 for Mac Upgrade for Fontographer 4.7+ for Mac users US$129.00
Please enter your valid Fontographer serial number in the
Additional Information field of the order form.

Fontographer 5.2 for Mac Upgrade for Fontographer 3.x/4.1 for Mac users US$169.00
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Fontographer 5.2 for Mac Upgrade for registered TypeTool users US$229
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Fontographer for Windows

Fontographer 5.2 for Windows (10, 8, 7, Vista or XP) US$259.00

Fontographer 5.2 for Windows Upgrade for Fontographer 3.x/4.1 for Win users US$169.00
Please enter your valid Fontographer serial number in the Additional Information field of the order form.

Fontographer 5.2 for Windows Upgrade for registered TypeTool users US$229
Please enter your valid TypeTool serial number in the
Additional Information field of the order form.

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