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.
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.
Birdfont For Windows Software Features
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.
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)
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.
Pros And Cons
|Very easy to use||A few bugs in the system|
|Thousands of fonts to select and edit||Not compatible with some platforms|
|Operating System||Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10|
|Software Name||BirdFont Creator Software V 3.32.1|
|Software File Size||42.5 MB|
Video Tutorial To Use OF BirdFont Creator
This is not a program for a wide range of users and trying to learn the ropes may prove a difficult task. However, BirdFont for Windows is flexible enough to provide users familiar with font creation the possibility to become creative and invent new representations for alphanumeric characters.