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ATypI 08 St Petersburg

Sessions by theme

Starts at 09:30, 17 September 2008,
at Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace, St Petersburg, Russia

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TypeTools by DTL

Frank E. Blokland
TypeTools Forum by DTL

Thursday 18 September | 09:30 – 09:40 | TypeTech FMW in Palace B

Opening of Day 2 of the TypeTools forum, ATypI TypeTech/TypeTools forum’s second track. The first day is presented by Fontlab Ltd, the second day is presented by Dutch Type Library (DTL). Theme: TypeTools by DTL | 10 minutes

Jürgen Willrodt, Frank E. Blokland
Automating font production processes

Thursday 18 September | 09:40 – 10:30 | TypeTech FM01 in Palace B

The very versatile and easy to edit Ikarus based file structure of DTL FontMaster, in which the glyph descriptions are cleverly kept separated from metrics and naming info, is tailored for sophisticated organizing and batching font production processes and for which reproducibility and stability are keywords. The following subjects (amongst others) will be explained in detail: Glyph databases: organizing, building, merging and enhancing. Glyph mapping: managing Character Layout files. Name tables: editing UFM and OpenType Layout features files. Metrics: metrics and kern pairs editing/generation. OpenType Layout features: editing features files and automating the features generation. Font generation: batching (with command files). Theme: TypeTools by DTL | 50 minutes

Frank E. Blokland
Automating type design processes

Thursday 18 September | 11:00 – 11:50 | TypeTech FM02 in Palace B

Not only font production processes can be automated; to a certain extend also the type design process can be done by software itself. An introduction on the (possible) automation of type design processes and the presentation of the first version of the DTL LetterModeller application. This presentation is partly based on the PhD research on Harmonic systems in the Latin script that the speaker is currently doing at Leiden University. Theme: TypeTools by DTL | 50 minutes

Jürgen Willrodt
Editing OpenType fonts
OT Master

Thursday 18 September | 12:00 – 12:50 | TypeTech FM03 in Palace B

OT Master is a powerful new generation tool for the direct extensive editing of OpenType CFF and TTF fonts, which is available for Mac OS X and Windows. The many functions include the adding and editing of glyphs, the revision of (name) tables, consistency checking and the handling of OpenType Layout features. The following subjects (amongst others) will be explained in detail: Name tables: checking and modifying. Line spacing: checking and modifying. Glyphs: editing and adding. OpenType Layout features: importing a features file. Arabic fonts: creating Arabic fonts including mark positioning. Theme: TypeTools by DTL | 50 minutes

Peter Rosenfeld
Re-inventing font technology

Thursday 18 September | 14:00 – 14:50 | TypeTech FM04 in Palace B

Much of the actual font technology finds its origin in the Ikarus system, invented by Dr. Peter Karow in the early 1970s and developed till this day by URW++ under supervision of Dr. Jürgen Willrodt. A historical overview and explanation of more than thirty years of Spitzentechnologie by URW++’s managing director, who was directly engaged in the Ikarus development over the past thirty-plus years. Theme: TypeTools by DTL | 50 minutes

Frank E. Blokland
Crossing borders
The best of different worlds

Thursday 18 September | 15:00 – 15:50 | TypeTech FM05 in Palace B

Running FM under Mac OS X / X11 and Linux in a Wine bottle. Integrating FM in workflows based on other font production tools. TypeTech attendees who use third party software are invited for a direct comparison of the functionality of their font production tools with FM’s and to discuss (the necessity of) possible workflow integrations (or even migration). Theme: TypeTools by DTL | 50 minutes

Frank E. Blokland, Peter Rosenfeld
To celebrate a long lasting co-operation

Thursday 18 September | 16:20 – 17:10 | TypeTech FM06 in Palace B

The Dutch Type Library and URW have been working together for more than seventeen years in the field of font (tools) production now and we would like to celebrate this long lasting co-operation and friendship — together with all ATypI TypeTech Forum attendees — with some good food and drinks. Also the booklet “Comprehensive Notes on the Design of Cyrillic Letters” by the Finnish type designer Hanna Hakala and typeset in the preliminary version of DTL Valiance will be presented here. Theme: TypeTools by DTL | 50 minutes