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XChange International Announces FontLab 4.6 for Mac and PC

(July 11, 2005)

XChange International, the source for extended technology worldwide, are pleased to announce FontLab v4.6 for both Macintosh® and Windows® platforms. FontLab 4.6 is a professional font editor that is a comprehensive solution for font foundries, professional type designers, typographers and graphic design studios. The application allows users to design type, and create and modify fonts, and supports all major outline font formats, including Type 1, TrueType, Multiple Master and OpenType. Import formats include: PC/Mac Type 1, PC/Mac TrueType, EPS (Only the Mac version can import and export Mac format fonts), and OpenType (both types) up to 64000 characters.

Export Formats include: PC/Mac Type 1, PC/Mac TrueType, EPS (Only the Mac version can import and export Mac format fonts), and OpenType (both types) up to 6400 characters.

FontLab includes tools that give users the power to Draw, Erase, VectorPaint, Mirror, Composite, Set Startpoint, Interpolate, Envelope, Remove Overlap, Merge Contours, Subtract Contours, Snap to Guides, Check Connections, Nodes at Extremes, Meter, TrueType and Type 1 manual hinting. Additionally, the product features multi-Undo (100+ levels), Sketch, Knife, Magic Wand, Rotate, Skew, Scale, and Intersect Contours.


FontLab ships with filters such as Bold, Outline, Sidebearings Control, Scale, Slant, Rotate, Autohint, and many more ? all customisable and applicable font wide. Users can program sequences of filters and apply them to any range of characters, including a whole font or set of fonts. Macro-based filters include Digital, Shadow, Bevel, Drops, Slices, and Mosaic.

Preference panels included are Glyph, Font chart, Preview/Kerning/Metrics, Preview, OpenType, Classes, Map, Macro Editor, OpenType Sample, and Anchors. Encoding options are available for Unicode, Custom, ANSI, ASCII, and virtually all known codepages and encodings including Chinese, Japanese and Korean double-byte formats.

New in FontLab 4.6: ? Autogeneration of basic OpenType features for T1 fonts. ? Level 2 and Level 3 EPS import/export ? Makes it simple to exchange EPS files with the latest versions of Adobe® Illustrator®. ? Improved blend algorithm ? Inserts fewer points; can blend composites and even hints. ? MM-compatible Type1->TrueType conversion ? Speeds up creation of families for TrueType fonts. ? TrueType hinting of Multiple Master fonts ? Offers correct interpolation of instructions where possible. ? Better user interface ? Smart panels in Macintosh version, expandable zoom panel in Windows version. Updated design of properties panel in both versions.

FontLab 4.6 System Requirements: Hardware, 64MB RAM, SVGA Monitor, Mouse Software - Windows version - Microsoft Windows (95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP). Mac version - Mac OS 9.2+ with CarbonLib 1.6+ or Mac OS X (10.3 or higher recommended).

FontLab 4.6 is available now through XChange International for £309.00. To order, or for more information on any of the products listed above, users can visit www.xchangeuk.com, or call on +44(0)20 7490 4455 during UK business hours. Email address is info@xchangeuk.com.

XChange International also offer other products available from the same developer including: BitFonter: BitFonter is a professional bitmap font editor for Mac OS. It allows creative professionals, web designers and manufacturers of electronic devices to create and modify monochrome, greyscale or full-colour bitmap fonts that can be used in print publications, web pages, animations, computer games and electronic devices. Mac only, £285.00.

CompoCompiler: CompoCompiler creates composite fonts automatically. You can use an existing composite font as a template (to determine which composite characters to make) or create your own. Then just tell CompoCompiler to create composites for any other font using the template and in seconds you've finished a job that could have taken hours. Windows only, £55.00.

FontFlasher: With FontFlasher, a pixelfont creator, you can turn any font into a pixelfont giving crisp appearance in Macromedia Flash. Mac & PC, £19.00.

ScanFont: Convert handwriting, logos, and old prints into fonts. With

ScanFont, any bitmap image or outline illustration* can be quickly converted into a fully-workable font. Mac & PC, £115.00.

SigMaker: Turn a signature or a logo into a font. SigMaker is a quick way to add signatures, logos or other scanned characters to TrueType fonts. Mac & PC, £20.00.

TransType Pro and TransType SE: TransType can convert fonts between Mac and Windows formats, and between all major outline font formats: PostScript, TrueType and OpenType. TransType supports batch conversion so users can convert hundreds of fonts at a time, even directly from Stuffit (.sit) archives. With TransType Pro, you can convert your fonts into the new universal OpenType format with Unicode encoding to make them compatible with the newest versions of Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and Apple iWork. Mac & PC, TransType SE £55.00, TransType Pro £109.00.

TypeTool: Make new fonts, automatically or manually hint and kern your fonts, add ligatures, old style figures, fractions, currency symbols, correct em dashes, apostrophes, quotation marks and foreign characters to your fonts, make your own dingbat or clipart fonts, make font variations with the new transformation tools, and print font reference tables. Mac & PC, £65.00.

XChange International are a leading distributor of desktop graphic and publishing applications, QuarkXTension® technology; Adobe InDesign®, Acrobat® and Photoshop® Plug-ins® and other design and publishing utilities. XChange source extended technology products from across the world specific to the graphic design, print and publishing industries and make them available to an extensive user base via their printed catalogue or online at their web site. The company are headquartered in Central London and also offer specialist training on many of the solutions they sell.


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