Archive for January, 2009

January 27, 2009

AFDKO 2.5 is released!

A new release of the FDK, AFDKO 2.5, has been posted at:

This release finally brings the FDK tools fully up to par with the OpenType specification. The most notable new features are that the FDK now fully supports all GSUB and GPOS lookup categories, and can apply the feature file directives to TTF source fonts to build TTF fonts with OpenType layout tables. The power of the FDK command-line tools can now be applied to building fonts for all scripts, including complex scripts such as Arabic and Indic.

AFDKO 2.5 also supports several of the newer OpenType features: user-friendly names for stylistic set features, and expanded lookup flag settings for use with mark classes. In addition, for CJK fonts, the tools now support Ideographic Variation Sequences (IVSes).

If you’re someone who builds or tests fonts, please try it out! (Installation is now working better as well, and there is a command file for Windows that avoids the earlier need to edit environment variables). Note that the AFDKO is tools are all command-line based, and and require some willingness to get technical.

– Read Roberts

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Say Hi to the type team

I want to offer my sincere thanks to Thomas Phinney for all the work he put into this blog. But despite his absence, “the blog must go on.” Everyone on the Adobe Type Development team will be contributing interesting bits about fonts and type technology. Some of them may be unfamiliar to some of you, so I’ll take this opportunity to offer a brief introduction.

Robert Slimbach has been designing typefaces for 25 years. He’s responsible for the design quality of the type library in general and the Adobe Originals series in particular. Robert’s designs have won numerous awards, including the Prix Charles Peignot and six TDC2 awards. He was instrumental in moving Adobe’s fonts toward broader language coverage, and was an early promoter for contextual layout and support for optical sizes in text families. designer profile

Ken Lunde is an authority on East Asian text handling and font technologies. His book “CJKV Information Processing“, now in its second edition, is a standard reference in the industry (catalog). Among many other accomplishments, Ken helped to define Unicode’s first Ideographic Variation Sequence registry.

Read Roberts develops and maintains the tools we use to make our fonts, including the AFDKO (Adobe Font Development Kit for OpenType) that we offer for free download (AFDKO site).

Nicole Minoza is our program manager, moving various projects along when she’s not running marathons or doing programming herself. She was a Political Science major (with a side in Computer Science) and is now working on her MBA.

Ernie March has worked on fonts for 25 years, many of them at Adobe. He handles most of our font testing, doubles as our release engineer, and occasionally finds time to help with font development.

Gu Hua is a recent addition to the team. She has worked on East Asian fonts for more than 12 years. Now she tests our East Asian fonts and related technologies.

Christopher Slye is the team lead for font development. He’s both a typeface designer and font technician. He maintains the databases we use to build our fonts, and was responsible for overhauling all our fonts to bring them up to current best practices. designer profile

Miguel Sousa got his MA in Typeface Design in 2005 from the University of Reading, where his Calouste design won a TDC2 award. He helps develop our newer font families, and is our in-house expert on Flash & Flex. Miguel serves as the main “answer guy” for font technical questions both inside and outside the company in forums like Typophile.

Paul D. Hunt became fascinated with languages and cultures early in life. This eventually led to a BA in International Studies. Paul’s affinity for languages and design then converged in typeface design. He landed an internship with P22, which turned into a multi-year job. Paul went on to hone his type craft at the University of Reading, where he graduated with merit from the Masters program in Typeface Design in 2008, then joined the Adobe team in January 2009. In addition to basic Latin, Paul has designed typefaces for Cyrillic, Greek, Devanagari and typefaces with extended Latin coverage to support African and American Indian languages. He is a frequent contributor to (and moderator for) Typophile, and helps maintain its wiki.

And of course I’m here too. I fell in love with letterforms in the 1970s, which led to a degree in graphic design. After working in the publishing industry I joined the Adobe type team in 1986, and have been involved with our font development, tools and technologies ever since. I originally hoped to design type, but found I could make more of a difference managing the team and doing things like helping to define the behavior of OpenType layout features.

Adobe also has a Type Development team in Tokyo, led by Taro Yamamoto with font technologist Masataka Hattori and typeface designer Ryoko Nishizuka. designer profile We’ll have more about their work in another post.

We’re all looking forward to more communication with each of you as our work here continues to evolve.

– David Lemon

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