All my hinting is messed up


#1

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


#2

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


#3

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


#4

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


#5

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@…


#6

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


#7

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


#8

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:
https://glyphsapp.com/tutorials/creating-fonts-with-complex-outlines


#9

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.


#10

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?


#11

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