Hi there !
I loved working on my “Jazzy Croquette” font so much that I’m thinking of designing another font
Is it possible to set alternates substitution in Glyphs Mini ?
Hi there !
Glyphs Mini does support fractions and ligatures.
Ok thanks @GeorgSeifert.
So it’s not possible to force alternation between glyphs like this ?
Glyphs is a powerful tool.
(where italics are alternates)
No. You need the full Glyphs for this.
Hi there. Still working on my new font
I want to set several alternates for each of my glyphs.
How do I name these alternates ?
I tried naming all the “A” alternates with the same name “A.alt”, but the app refused.
So I tried A.alt1, A.alt2, A.alt3, but it doesn’t work either…
You can add those alternate glyphs to your font in Glyphs Mini, but Glyphs Mini will not be able to make the OT features for you, so a user would have to access them through a glyph palette.
I know that Glyphs Mini can’t automatically manage the alternates, but I just want them to appear in the openType alternates panel :
So how do I have to name them in the app ?
I’m starting to worry : is it possible to add alternates so they appear in the openType panel as in the capture above using Glyphs Mini ?
I am not from Adobe, so I can only tell you what I reverse engineered in the past. It may not be up to date. The blue OpenType ribbon only works in one of the composers, and I believe it looks for one-to-one substitutions, for which the feature is listed in
I don’t think you can do that sensibly with Glyphs Mini.
Thanks @mekkablue but I’m not quite sure to fully understand, so let me put it in another way :
My wish is that the alternated glyphs I create are visible in the little panel shown above, or in the “Alternates for selection” menu of the Glyphs window (Adobe Apps) :
Is it possible with Glyphs Mini ?
I also cannot say for sure how the Alternates for Selection part works. I believe Adobe never published font specifications for it, so I can only guess.
I believe it only lists OpenType features containing certain one-to-one substitutions (i.e., exactly one glyph for exactly one other glyph). The only one-to-one substitutions Glyphs Mini supports are: localized forms (locl), fractions (frac), ordinals (ordn). However, these do not make sense for your purpose, not for a published font at least. What you would need is
cvXX, but that is only supported by the full Glyphs.
I already designed 40+ alternates !!!
You mean I’d have to buy the €300 version just to have them appearing as aalt ?!?
Your project is too advanced for Glyphs Mini. You get a Glyphs 3 discount for upgrading from Mini.
But then you can do more advanced stuff with OT features.
Oh God… this is it.
I can’t afford to buy a €300 font creating software, even if it seems really powerful.
Designing fonts isn’t my job, I do it as a hobby because I’m really fond of typeface design…
Is there any other solution, like a Opentype code editor ? So I could affect each alternate to each letter ?
I understand, @mekkablue… How much is the discount when uprading from Glyphs Mini ?
I’ve just had an idea : I can install the Complete version of Glyphs for 30 days for free, isn’t it ?
Will the trial version export the OTF file without any restriction ?
If I set all my alternates in less than a month, it could be an option.
I’m just afraid of one thing : in a previous forum post, @filipdesigniq talked about “updating and compiling” features, and I’m not aware of those functions… Are they easy to handle ?
Upgrading from Mini, you get 10% off. Roughly half the price of Mini.
The app is one and the same app, just that it will stop after 30 days if not registered.
So I installed Glyphs 3 (trial version) and set all my alternates as cvXX, then I updated & compiled, and guess what ?
It was super easy and it works perfectly !!!
Glyphs really is a powerful tool…