Well, I use both apps almost everyday, and I attended the FL4
workshop at TypeCon. I'd say If you're on a PC and don't already
have FL3x, wait for FontLab 4. There are some big improvements:
Python Scripted Macros (customizable), easier Bezier drawing,
easier vector paint, a new "Sketch Mode" (similar to Ikarus),
notes and color marking for character slots in the Font Table
window, etc. As for the interface, it's mo' better customizable.
The learning curve for basic operations in 4 should be shorter.
On the Mac, seeing as how the PC version is not even out yet,
you could be in for bit of a wait. And I'm not sure if you'd
save any Monet by first licensing FL3x and upgrading to 4 or
just waiting and licensing FL4.
Regarding the manual: You can get the printed manual (for an
additional cost, I think) or you could just print out the PDF.
P.S. Yoda Rocks!
on 8/8/01 6:40 PM, Jill Bell at [log in to unmask] wrote:
> I have been considering getting FontLab (I use Fontographer) so I can
> learn it, compare, perhaps convert. It's no use downloading a
> demo....I'm too uncommitted to learn a demo before it expires and
> without a manual (please tell me FontLab comes with a manual---and
> hopefully a better one than FOG?). But I am on a Mac. Would you
> recommend I wait until 4 comes out and save some $$, or go ahead and
> take the plunge and start mastering the learning curve?