All my hinting is messed up


A few days ago I made manual hinting for some fonts, today I open them up again, and all the hinting has changed and is completely ruined. I did’nt use auto-hinting. How can this happen? Can it happen again? On the left side the hinting that I did (taken from the time machine-back up), on the right side, what I found today! Glyphs 1208 on El Capitan


Is this the hinting when you open an .otf or the .glyphs file?


The glyphs-file. It happened – I think– in every single glyph. Some are more, some less messed up.


Do you have a file that is still correct and try to break it again. And can you send me a correct and a broken file


All the files with broken hints was edited the last time a few days ago and not touched at all till today. The hints that I made today haven’t changed yet.

I just send the files to info@…


Slightly off-topic, my apologies, but these shapes should probablynot be hinted in the first place.


If I open simmilar professional Fonts like Gateway or Luggagetag (from Fontshop) with Glyphs, Fontlab or Fontographer, I get a equivalent hinting.


I have seen too many decisions in ‘professional’ fonts that are questionable.

I believe in this case, shape preservation is more important than better legibility through sharp pixel edges in small pixel sizes. Keep in mind that hinting is a means of distorting your shapes in order to force them onto the pixel grid. Read this please:


I had a look at your files. Somehow the order of the paths where changed completely and the hints where not updated. Did you use a script on the outlines?

And I tried if the font would look better with hints and it indeed makes the letters a bit sharper in small sizes.


I used no script. The only thing was to decompose component-glyphs, remove the overlap and sometimes correct the path direction. Could this be the reason for the destroyed hints?


This could have been it. This may change the point structure, and the points the hints were hooked up to disappeared.