TYPO Font Editing System Specification
TYPO is a professional,
most powerful yet user-friendly system for editing outline and raster fonts,
logos, and icons in a multitude of formats,
including Adobe Type 1,
the de facto industry standard for high-quality electronic publishing.
The TYPO Font Editing System
is a full-featured design system for the creation and maintenance
of fonts, logos, and icons for electronic publication.
The TYPO system handles raster as well as
Many industry and academic font formats are supported.
Among these is Adobe Type 1, which has become a standard
in electronic publishing.
The documented ASCII font format used internally in
customers to easily program interfaces for individual font formats.
The TYPO Font Editing System consists of
the TYPO Font Editor and an extensive
collection of format conversion programs invoked by the editor on
The TYPO Font Editor
is a highly interactive tool with clearly arranged displays,
an uncomplicated but powerful menu-oriented user interface, and
These features allow the optimal use of TYPO
for novices as well as experts, for document writers as well as
type artists, making the development and maintenance of fonts
efficient and cost-effective.
Fonts are converted between TYPO
internal format and external formats,
such as Adobe TYPE 1 or SUN F3, by automatically
invoking the relevant conversion programs on loading/saving fonts.
TYPO is thus a powerful addition to publishing
satisfying the need to create individual characters, symbols,
and logos in very short time.
TYPO key features include:
- Highly interactive with immediate response and
- Ergonomical menu and mouse oriented user interface
- Permanent user guidance and display of mouse key meanings, so that
the user does not get lost
- An on-line manual using your favorite browser
- Displaying a background character behind the currently
- A rich toolkit includes selections of curves and/or curve points,
dragging, drawing curves or splines, and free-hand painting
- Displaying the currently edited character within a text
of other characters (outlined, filled, or pen-traced)
- Zooming and scrolling
- A rich set of transformations, such as scaling, translating,
rotating, skewing, projective transformations, or interpolating
- Displaying coordinates and angle sizes at the user's option
- Changing coordinates and angles interactively by dragging
character features or by entering numeric values, to allow both intuitive
and precise control over the characters and their component curves
- Assignment of commands to function keys to allow individual
keyboard abbreviations for all types of users
- Undo for all character operations
- Outline character elements are Bezier curves, circular arcs, lines,
- What-you-see-is-what-you-get editing for outline and raster
- Dragging outline curves in real time, with or without preserving
- Pixel painting or pen painting, followed by curve fitting for
- Editing operations such as cut-and-paste, adding/deleting outline
curves or pixels, adding/deleting slices, reversing paths,
automatic conversion from outline to raster, automatic conversion from
raster to outline
- Global editing operations and transformations may be applied
to all characters in a font
- Adjustments for outline curves, such as horizontal, vertical,
parallel, perpendicular, collinear, and spline fitting
- Hierarchical outline characters: define a character feature, e.g.
a serif, only once, and then include this feature in several characters;
change this feature, and all its references get changed as well
- Defining hints for high-quality rasterization of outline
fonts also at low resolution or small character sizes
- Horizontal and vertical guide lines define various relevant
font heights and bearings, e.g. ascender, x-height, left bearing,
guide lines can be slanted for italic or oblique characters.
Guide lines give visual support to the font designer, but are also relevant
for the interpretations of hints, for instance by Adobe TYPE 1
printers and interpreters.
- Kerning character pairs
- Simultaneous management of up to four fonts and management of
whole fonts in a special window at one glance
- Creating outline characters from scanned art
via PCX or SUN rasterfile format,
automatically converting these into outline characters,
with possible manual corrections, using a unique high-quality algorithm
- Font formats supported by TYPO:
- Adobe TYPE 1 and TYPE 3 curve fonts
- PostScript raster fonts and AFM metric files
- PostScript encapsulated raster and curve files
- SUN F3 font
- Frame Maker bfont fonts and bfm metric files
- Metafont fonts
- BDF (X windows) fonts
- TeX GF, PK, and PXL fonts,
PL metric files
- Ikarus IK and SC fonts, SP metric files
- UNIX vfont fonts
- PCX and SUN rasterfile raster files
- SUN icon files
- multi-icon include files
- Simple documented ASCII internal font formats allow for easy
interfacing with other font formats
- Runs on SPARC workstations
under the X (or OpenWindows) window system, under Solaris.
Adobe, FrameMaker, and PostScript
are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems, Inc.
SUN, Solaris and SPARC are trademarks of SUN Microsystems, Inc.
UNIX is a trademark of UNIX System Laboratories.
All other trademarks are either trademarks or registered trademarks by
their respective owners.
Specifications are subject to change without notice
(C) 2000 Typographics, Ltd.