Free font editor for Windows PC which lets you create vector graphics!

BirdFont

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Download BirdFont for Windows 6.1.0

BirdFont

  -  45.3 MB  -  Freeware
  • Latest Version

    BirdFont for Windows 6.1.0 LATEST

  • Operating System

    Windows 10 / Windows 11

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  • Author / Product

    Johan Mattsson / External Link

  • Old Versions

  • Filename

    birdfont-6.1.0-free.exe

Birdfont for Windows is a free font editor that lets you create vector graphics and export TTF, EOT, and SVG fonts. This is a free app, but donations of $10 USD or more on the developer page are encouraged and allow you to download the commercial version of the app, which allows you to create proprietary fonts. Download NOW!

Birdfont for PC enables you to easily start working on your own font as soon as you launch the program without complicating things with hard to follow tools. The interface is mapped out in a very functional way providing you with easy access to all the features needed to start the creative process.



Features and Highlights

Color Fonts with Embedded SVG files
OpenType-SVG color fonts are a rather new format and some applications do not support it. Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge have support color fonts in their browsers but Chrome lags behind at this point. Creating monochrome fallback glyphs can take a long time if your glyphs contain many small parts (hundreds or even thousands). In addition, will glyphs with too many details hardly fit on the TTF grid? You can get around this problem by creating an empty fallback glyph and importing a monochrome version with fewer details of your colored letters.

Stylistic Alternates
Alternates provide a way to put several glyphs on the same Unicode character and selecting which glyph that should be displayed when the font is used. The HTML preview file contains examples of how you select which alternate that should be displayed when the font is used on the web. (Ctrl+P or Command+P)

Line Spacing
You can change the line height by adjusting the top and bottom margin guides. The margin guides are red.

Edit the Path
Adjust the position of all control points and handles. You can add the points to the path by double-clicking in the path. Delete points with the delete or backspace keys (break the path with shift + delete). Click on a handle and hold down the shift key if you want to keep the angle of a handle while you are changing the length of the handle. Press w to toggle between the smooth node and corner node. Hold down the space key and click to move the canvas. Click on a point and press shift to move the point independent of its handle.

Create a Font in Illustrator
The fastest way to get your drawings from Illustrator or Inkscape into BirdFont for Desktop is the copy and paste commands but you can also save your work as SVG files and import them into the app. It is recommended that you convert your path to simple outlines, without strokes before you import them to the tool.

Differences Between SVG and TTF
There is a mathematical difference between quadratic and cubic Beziér curves. Most SVG editors use the cubic form but TrueType outlines can only contain quadratic control points. The program will convert your cubic splines to quadratic paths but the conversion is not lossless and the converted paths will contain more points than the original path. You can get around this problem by creating your glyphs directly in the software for PC using only quadratic control points. Another limitation of the TTF format is the fixed number of units per em. Most TTF fonts use 1000 units per em, this might lead to distortions if your font contains small details. By default will Bird Font store control point position in floating-point format but you can change this in the settings tab.

Note: You need a commercial license if you want to create proprietary fonts.

Also Available: Download BirdFont for Mac

  • BirdFont for Windows 6.1.0 Screenshots

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What's new in this version:

- Better tools for navigation
- Quick Glyph Switching: Swiftly switch to a specific glyph directly from the kerning tab, making glyph editing more intuitive and faster
- Word Display in Editing View: The editing view can now display the last entire word from the kerning tab
- Direct Glyph Jump: Jumping to a particular glyph in the editing view is now possible without navigating through the overview tab

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