From: John Hudson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed May 07 2003 - 17:57:21 EDT
At 02:01 PM 5/7/2003, email@example.com wrote:
>D. W. Emmett, the creator of the Softy editor, died a few years
>ago and, hence, no longer accepts bug reports. Otherwise, he may
>well have made various corrections.
>The Softy editor was last updated in 1998 (AFAICT) and generates
>mainly the same kind of errors as all of the other font creation
>tools then available.
These are entirely fair comments, but some other font software has been
continuously developed since 1998 and is today able to make much better
quality fonts, resulting in fewer bugs and less support issues. In 1998,
Softy was probably a reasonable option for people looking for a budget font
tool; I don't think it is a reasonable option today. Fontographer used to
be considered the 'industry standard' for independent font developers;
today, it is widely regarded as obsolete and not much more likely to be
upgraded than Softy. Good software from 1998 is typically bad software in
2003. Funnily enough, things improve.
Tiro Typeworks www.tiro.com
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