Create your own fonts! Glyphs Mini 2 is a slimmed-down version of the professional font editor Glyphs 2. Digitize your handwriting, draw a fun display typeface, or build an icon webfont for your homepage.
- Clean, straight-forward, and customizable user interface
- Edit letter shapes in a word context
- Export OTF and WOFF
- Import OTF and TTF
- Advanced vector tools: Transform, Fit Curve, Open Corners, Reconnect Nodes, Nudge, and many more handy features built-in
- Apply vector filters such as Roughen or Hatch
- Live components, anchors and letter metric syncing
- Latin, Cyrillic, Greek, Emoji and Symbol support
- Smart OpenType features
- Community support: forums, documentation and video tutorials online
The main differences to the professional Glyphs 2:
- No Multiple Master
- No layers
- No scripts and plug-ins
- No UFO support
- No manual OpenType features
- No manual hints
- Support Dark mode
- Support for MacOS Catalina
- A lot small improvements
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Solid Font Creator at a Great Price
Overall, I've found Glyphs Mini 2 to be very powerful and a good price compared to competitors. Some settings and tools aren't intuitive at first but were easily figured out after reading a few tutorials. My one complaint is the description says there's a "Roughen" filter included but that doesn't seem to exist in this Mini version.
Pretty useless for trying to work with UNICODE and indices
This is so limited and cumbersome and non-intuitive for copying fonts, visually changing bounding box, assigning and viewing UNICODE font numbers and figuring out the font indicies for glyphs. They name it glyphs like it would be useful for making actual glyphs like one might want for a phone app. But no, it's way too limited compared to FontLabs old TypeTool. Wasted a long time struggling with it. Features just aren't there or are extremely awkward to use. For example if import an OTF font assigned a UNICODE # in FontLab Glyphs renames it UNI000x with the UNICODE number but seems to lose the actual UNICODE value in the info window. Further, if I try to add to the font the letter A, with a fixed UNICODE value of 0x0047, then copy a glyph over to the A, the bounding box does not expand and there's no visual way to change it with the GUI. I mean kind of a disaster.
I had TypeTool formerly before it was unsupported with Catalina. Rather than pay $400 to upgrade too Fontlab, I tried this product. However, trying to assign UNICODE and find and map font indices are an obtuse nightmare with Glyphs app, compared to TypeTool. I've struggled for over an hour with it, and it's $*@(@#$&!! So good luck just trying to create a simple font of glyphs as 'sprites' or whatever for your macOS or iOS app like TypeTool was great for, and assign whatever unicode value you wanted per-font. This app is extremely disappointing. Had I known I would have bought something else. Just hard to believe they couldn't get something that essential and basic working properly in an intuitive way.
Good, getting used to it, questions
I like several things about Glyphs Mini, but I am still getting used to it.
* I can't find where to change the background and foreground colors for the glyph editing window. The font / character map window obeys Dark Mode and regular Light Mode. I really would prefer a Dark Mode for editing characters / glyphs.
* I'm used to dragging out handles for the bézier control points with option-drag in old Fontographer and Freehand and some other vector graphics programs. But so far, I have not figured out the mouse/keyboard combo to do this from exisitng points. I feel silly. What am I missing? I am sure there's a way to do this. -- I'm doing very basic construction plus trying copy and paste from Affinity Designer or other vector drawing apps.
* Glyphs Mini does not appear to import / export old .fog (Fontographer format or the newer FontLab 6 or 7 formats, .vfc and .ufo . This would be so useful, particularly since Fontographer no longer works with the newest macOS system, and .fog and FontLab users might want to switch to Glyphs / Glyphs Mini, as I am exploring to do now. I have old files I'd love to import into Glyphs. (Note: FontLab 6 and 7 allow importing .fog files and exporting to .glyphs format, but it would be so useful to be abel to go back and forth, round trip, when getting used to Glyphs.
It's highly possible I'm missing how to do things that the program.already does. -- I am liking a lot about Glyphs Mini as I discover how to do things.
Oh, how I wish for a vector graphics auto-trace tool, or a plugin for Illustrator and for Affinity Designer that would make tracing scanned images easier, and another that might make creating fonts from vector graphics artwork easier, rather than copy and paste individual characters.
- Georg Seifert
- 8.7 MB
- Graphics & Design
OS X 10.11 or later, 64-bit processor
English, Czech, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
- Age Rating
- © 2019 Georg Seifert
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.