Noted at the convention:
- Unicode implementation on OSX 10.1 looks
excellent and very grown-up. A new keyboard layout
allows direct entry of glyph codes - just type in
the number - and Apple has developed a catch-all
font that includes a basic rendering of every glyph
in the spec with a surrounding box that shows what
range of Unicode the glyph resides in, and its
proper name. No more empty boxes showing up for odd
characters. This is a very good thing.
- OpenType is steaming along nicely, though in the
foreseeable future it will work only in Indy and
Photoshop. In all other apps it behaves like a
standard 255 slot font.
- InDesign 2.0 is imminent. It will not be
Carbonized, but has some fly new gear: automatic
letterspacing of all-caps, on-the-fly true fraction
generation, excellent support for (a very short
list of predefined) OT layout features with all
underlying text remaining intact. Thomas Phinney
from Adobe demonstrated some impressive contextual
glyph swapping with Caflisch Pro, ligs and swashes
and alternate character replacement depending on
position relative to the beginning or end of a
- Unsurprisingly, Quark 5 will support neither OT
nor Unicode, the arrogant pricks.
- FontLab 4 is coming in a couple weeks, and has
good support for OpenType layout features and is
now very scriptable with Python.
More detailed reports on OT and Indy 2 will appear on Textism sometime soonish.
Dean Allen cardigan.com | textism.com