Ricky Castro wrote:
> What I meant was an "interactive" spacing AND kerning program where you
> don't have to deal with numbers and can more rely on your eye. Let's say
> you manually kern the sentences: "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy
> dog" [...] Eventually, the computer would
> have enough information to figure out the correct sidebearings for all
> the letters and the MINIMUM number of kerning pairs necessary for the
> Using a method similar to this, you could concentrate less on how two
> letters look together or how much space is on either side of the letter
> and more on the overall "color" of a block of text. I don't know all the
> programs that exists out there, but it seems like you either control the
> sidebearings OR the kerning when they could be controled in unison and
> for all the letters at once.
> >Totally agree! Quite honestly, any automatic spacing/kerning programme
> >is a waste of time. It takes just as long to check and correct the
> >Roy P
> I am not looking for a mechanized shortcut to spacing, just a better tool
> to use.
Yes, Ricky, such a tool could save a fair amount of time. Since good
auto-kerning is impossible, let's rather have very efficient kerning
tools; there is still room for improvement.
We had a thread on this subject on 26 Aug 1997 and I suggested a
"Character Metrics and Kern Optimizer" which would require the operator
to take care of only one single adjustment within each typical pair,
independently of kern and sidebearings, the software doing the rest.
Other people like Lucas had thought of it too.
And Barry just wrote:
> What happened to "Logos," the spacing system developed by David Kindersley?
> I have had an idea for a kerning application that would cater to my
> impatience and desire to be finished. A kerning application that would
> present, one after another, pairs to be kerned, with very easy mouse access
> to a "next" or "previous" button, and a separate window simutaneously
> demonstrating contextual usage.
> The goal would be to minimize the amount of extraneous thought necessary to
> do the work. [...]
I do think its time for software developpers to fill up their notepads!
Francois H. Villebrod
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