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ATypI 08 St Petersburg

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Sessions by theme

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

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TypeTools by FontLab

Ted Harrison
TypeTools Forum by FontLab
Welcome

Wednesday 17 September | 09:30 – 09:40 | TypeTech FLW in Palace B

Opening of Day 1 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 FontLab | 10 minutes

Ted Harrison
Photofonts in print
Colorful typography using InDesign and QuarkXPress

Wednesday 17 September | 09:40 – 10:30 | TypeTech FL01 in Palace B

Several years ago, Fontlab Ltd. introduced the Photofont technology that removed some limitations of traditional outline fonts by allowing the type designer to use the full RGB palette and alpha transparency. The first products to support the Photofont format were BitFonter, the professional bitmap font editor that allows designers to create photofonts, and Photofont Start, a simple plugin for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, that allows designers to use photofonts in their creations. Fontlab Ltd. is now adding three new products to the Photofont family: Photofont QX and Photofont ID are plugins for QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign that enable designers to use photofonts in their page layouts, while Photofont WebReady makes it possible to use photofonts on the web. In this session, we will introduce the QuarkXPress and InDesign plugins. Theme: TypeTools by FontLab | 50 minutes

Adam Twardoch
Family matters
Making fonts work as a family using FontLab Studio

Wednesday 17 September | 11:00 – 11:50 | TypeTech FL02 in Palace B

When developing a font family in OpenType format, a number of font parameters needs to be synchronized between the fonts so that applications can “see” the final product as a coherent family. We will discuss several different strategies of approaching the family and style naming and linkning inside a family. We will also discuss the importance of vertical metrics in a family, and will discuss synchronizing them across styles, and about other Font Info parameters that the designer should take care of when preparing the fonts for shipping. Theme: TypeTools by FontLab | 50 minutes

Adam Twardoch
Crystal clear
Optimizing font screen quality in FontLab Studio

Wednesday 17 September | 12:00 – 12:50 | TypeTech FL03 in Palace B

Even though screen resolutions become bigger and the font rasterizers more sophisticated, the need for optimizing font screen quality does not entirely go away. FontLab Studio 5 brings various general font screen quality parameters such as alignment zones and standard stems, which can be automatically or manually edited to achieve best results. In addition to the PostScript autohinter built into FontLab Studio 5, there is now also the new Adobe autohinter that is available as part of the AFDKO package and integrates into FLS as a macro (more native integration is planned for a future release of FLS). Finally, the manual tools for working with hinting in FLS5 are virtually unchallenged. We will explain how to combine both automatic and manual hinting to quickly achieve best results. Theme: TypeTools by FontLab | 50 minutes

Adam Twardoch
Setting web typography free
Using custom Photofont and OpenType fonts on the web

Wednesday 17 September | 14:00 – 14:50 | TypeTech FL04 in Palace B

The web does not allow us to use the countless typefaces that we use in print. We can use non-default fonts in certain elements of a website using Flash and graphics, but in the searchable text portions, only a few standard fonts such as Verdana can be used. In this session, we will combine different tools (Adobe Dreamweaver, FontLab TypeTool, Photofont WebReady, Microsoft WEFT) and techniques (linked OpenType fonts, embedded OpenType fonts, Flash font replacement using sIFR, and embedded Photofonts) to obtain web pages that use non-default fonts, work equally well in Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox and Opera, and remain valid HTML and CSS, ensuring findability and standards-compliance. Theme: TypeTools by FontLab | 50 minutes

Yuri Yarmola
Letterfitting in FontLab Studio
Glyph metrics and kerning: present and future

Wednesday 17 September | 15:00 – 15:50 | TypeTech FL05 in Palace B

In this session we will discuss various productivity tools offered by FontLab Studio in the area of letter fitting and kerning: the Metrics Window, the Classes panel, the measurement line, class kerning, exceptions, expanding and compressing kerning. We will also show an early preview of what improvements the next version of FontLab Studio will bring in this area. Theme: TypeTools by FontLab | 50 minutes

Adam Twardoch
Scotch Modern backstage
OpenType case study of a pan-European text font family

Wednesday 17 September | 16:20 – 17:10 | TypeTech FL06 in Palace B

In this complementary session to Nick Shinn’s “Scotch Modern. Fact and fiction” main conference presentation, Adam Twardoch will share his experiences in defining the OpenType Layout features for Scotch Modern, Nick’s new pan-European text font family. Glyph naming and encoding principles used in Scotch Modern’s multilingual character set (Western, Central European, Cyrillic, monotonic and polytonic Greek plus glyph variants) will be explained, followed by recommendations which features should be included in European fonts. Finally, specific recommendations about the technical implementation of some of the most popular features will be given, taking into account recent advances made by Adobe, Microsoft and Apple. Theme: TypeTools by FontLab | 50 minutes