Interesting that Corel can do that, albeit in a less-than-optimum way. Of course it creates just one font format, and unfortunately, not OpenType. But, I wonder how compliant with font standard specs Corel TT fonts are...
Interesting that Corel can do that, albeit in a less-than-optimum way. Of course it creates just one font format, and unfortunately, not OpenType. But, I wonder how compliant with font standard specs Corel TT fonts are, or how it handles kerning, screen optimization, etc.
Corel Draw has had this capability for a long time - since maybe
Version 3 or 4 on Windows 3.1!
Calling it 'less than optimum' makes it sound even BETTER than it
I've never taken one of its output fonts and looked at it with
something like Font Validator to see what's missing, but a quick guess
would say that it's missing everything but glyphs! Although it would
have to have some default set of parameters (over which the user has
no control whatsoever).
I won't say anything unkind about CorelDraw in general, but I wouldn't trust a font generated from it as anything more than a novelty.
If "free" is a requirement, the open source "FontForge" is an option. If an inexpensive tool with a more approachable install process is desired, then TypeTool is probably the best of the lot. Of course, FontLab Studio or DTL FontMaster are the high end options.
Be aware that Photoshop, in particular, is very unforgiving about poorly constructed fonts, to the point where the program will not load (in Windows at least) if you have a bad font in your system (even if you don't plan on using it).
I would be very careful about a font created directly from Corel, and would want to test it on several machines (at least) to make sure it doesn't kill Photoshop, before releasing it on the world.
We really don't need any more defective fonts on the Internet, thank you.
Photoshop/Mac can be a font
prima donna as well. Consider it as a shot across the bow, as sooner or later, the font issue(s), whether duplicate or currupted, will cause grief elsewhere on the computer.
I stumbled on this month-old discussion of using Corel Draw to make fonts, and thought of Adobe Illustrator's little-known ability to behave similarly via the evolving technology of SING glyphlets. Like Corel's Save-As-TTF feature, this only works for one glyph at a time -- not surprising as the idea behind SING glyphlets is to add a few characters to an existing font. The fly in the ointment is that for now this only works for recent East Asian versions. The process is the subject of a demonstration (in English and Chinese) over on the CCJK Type blog
where I commented that non-CCJK folks would also like to try this out.