Posted by Read Roberts

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January 27, 2009

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


  • By Ken Lunde - 11:16 AM on January 30, 2009  

    In addition to thanking Read for his hard work and effort in getting this new release out-the-door and into the hands of font developers, I feel obliged to point out that these are the same tools that we in Type Development at Adobe Systems use to develop our OpenType fonts.

  • By Ujjwol - 7:32 AM on September 20, 2010  

    The link does not work.
    It says:
    ” Sorry, this page is not available “

    • By Dr. Ken Lunde - 7:04 AM on September 21, 2010  

      We are aware of this issue, and are working to get it fixed. Please be patient.

  • By don dada - 9:50 PM on February 1, 2011  

    two years later, the link still doesn’t work … waiting for godot.

    • By Dr. Ken Lunde - 6:40 PM on February 2, 2011  

      The link was working, through URL redirection, when I tried it earlier today. I am guessing that something, perhaps an obscure setting in your browser, or a temporary glitch on our website, prevented the URL redirection from working. In any case, I corrected the URL so that it represents the currently working one. I apologize for the inconvenience.

  • By steve - 8:31 PM on March 20, 2012  

    Hi, I am trying to install the Fontlab Macros on a Windows 7 computer and when I run the I got:
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “C:\FDK\Tools\Fontlab\”, line 135; in ? run
    File “C:\FDK\Tools\Fontlab\”, line 92, in run
    fdkToolsDir = os.path.dirname<os.path.abspath> # Tools/Fontlab

    Please help!!