It’s been a blast using Glyphs but it might be very helpful if it could have the following features:
It’s probably not that useful for Latin, but I miss it drawing CJK fonts as they do not have much vertical restrictions (glyphs don’t have to sit on baseline and such so vertical skews might help in some cases). I have to rotate the paths 90 degrees and do horizontal skews to achieve vertical skews.
Color coding glyphs for individual masters
I’ve noticed that color coding for a particular glyph apply to all masters. Would it be possible to make it master-independent? It could help a lot for quality checks and proofs.
Visual Isolation of individual paths
Adobe Ai could isolate each path while graying-out all other paths when you double-click it. The visual isolation/highlight/down-tuning all other paths is particularly useful when designing CJK fonts. CJK glyphs could have very complicated strokes and they could look very crazy with all control points visible. However, the isolation in Ai makes it much easier to work with individual strokes without the visual distractions so I hope Glyphs could have something similar. Copying paths to background could partly work but all other paths just disappear instead of being somewhat transparent so you lose the sense of the whole glyph. It also requires too many processes so it’s not very fast to execute.
It would be great if there’s a way to quickly batch import glyphs drawn in Adobe Ai into Glyphs. It sounds crazy and nonsensical but the demand is there for CJK type designers. Many (that I know of) designers would draw out characters in Ai and batch import them into proprietary CJK font software developed by type foundries (so they don’t have access to).
Recently, Glyphs stand out for its functionality and ease of use and some CJK designers start to bring it into their workflows (mainly for its function to see interpolations in real time and also to design Latin paired with their CJK designs). However, it becomes very hard without the ability to batch import glyphs and someone I knew did the manual copy & paste for 4000+ glyphs!! (well, he probably should have started in Glyphs but…)
I’m not entirely sure how it works, but since CJK glyphs are often designed in 1000*1000 unit em square, people would draw arrays of hundreds (thousands) of squares for the boundaries of each glyph. If somehow the import process could detect the squares of the same size then it could be done? The designer could provide a .txt listing the order of the glyphs in Ai (like from left to right?) so Glyphs app could correctly match them to their respect unicodes.