The Adobe Type Team’s very own Read Roberts has been hard at work preparing a new version of AFDKO (Adobe Font Development Kit for OpenType), and posted the release earlier this month. It is Build 58732, dated September 4th, 2012, and is ready for public consumption. Be sure to read the detailed Release Notes for this new version. In particular, this release includes several important bug fixes for font developers who use AFDKO tools to build OpenType/TTF fonts, or fonts that include mark ‘GPOS’ lookups and/or the ‘GDEF’ table. In addition, the checkOutlines tool incorporates several important fixes for cases when it inadvertently reversed subpaths or removed the wrong subpath.
According to Read, this release marks the beginning of a period during which he hopes to make a number of additional bug fixes and enhancements to various AFDKO tools. If you are aware of any outstanding issues with any AFDKO tools, or have ideas to improve them, this is an excellent opportunity to let Read know, by posting comments to this article. The next release is likely to be within a few months.
In any case, if you are an avid user of AFDKO tools—or have considered using its powerful font-development tools in your production workflow—please be sure to download this latest release. It is useful to once again point out that our team uses these same tools on a daily basis, and are what I like to refer to as industrial-strength. And, as always, feedback is welcomed and encouraged.