Feature Request: Sketchpad


I have a suggestion for a possible new feature called Sketchpad. Sketchpad would be blank canvas (accessible from the toolbar), in which designers can draw various elements, letterforms, icons, logotypes, etc. — free from the boundaries of font metrics. Designers can copy/paste elements to a specific glyph, or export them as an SVG or EPS document. An option to “Insert Glyph” would allow designers to insert any glyph from the current Glyphs document…

Any thoughts?

I have some ideas in that direction. I show something when it is ready.

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Awesome! Looking forward to what you come up with Georg.

I’m a big fan of this idea. I would also like to see a notepad area in glyphs. This would just be an area where I can write notes—things like development history, why certain special glyphs exist, values used to generate small caps with RMX, etc. This would provide a standard location for notes when type designers are collaborating and in open-source releases.

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You mean notes for glyphs, or notes for the whole font? Both are possible already. I have notes plugins for both the font and the glyph.

Didn’t you say the plugins weren’t working any more? I’d love to see how a font-level task list could work.

Exactly. I know font note exists as custom parameter, but it needs a good UI. And do not ask me to develop a palette extension.

Any news regarding the “sketchpad” idea? I’m thinking it could probably be a plugin instead of a default feature, but what’s the best way to approach this? My knowledge with python is very limited. Anyone interested in making something like this?

Back in the days, FontLab sent out a questionnaire to gather new ideas and I stated the same idea. It would be wonderful to be able to sketch around. I could also imagine to be able to select (parts of) the sketches to be inserted as a kind of component.