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Macromedia Fontographer is the easiest way to create royalty-free fonts for print, multimedia, and the Internet. Easily expand existing fonts to include fractions, symbols, foreign characters, and logos in Type 1, Type 3, and TrueType fonts; or create an entire typeface from scratch. Fonts created with Fontographer can be used in any program with a font menu on Windows and Macintosh platforms.
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Finally, after years of trying, I qualified for educational status for my nonprofit and tossed a copy of Fontographer into my basket with the buggy and poorly designed MX 2004 Studio. (The bug fix for the Studio is Version 8, by the way.)
I finally got my system set up the way I wanted it: new 3.4GHz screamer, four gigs of RAM (allowing me to run every application on my HDD simultaneously while downloading files and burning a CD -- no kidding!), and two 19-inch flat monitors (one for the dialogs and one for the canvas, of course). And, naturally, I did grit my teeth (too lazy to look up the *real* past tense of the verb *to grit*) and installed Windows XP (Ecccccch! Pftweeeee!, like the sound of an adolescent expectrating a gooey lunger).
That's when my troubles started, as far as Fontographer goes: No sooner did I have just the right system that would justify putting some time into creating some killer fonts of my own, Fontographer does not run on Windows XP.
And the new owner (the same guy who wouldn't support that $99 toy I bought years ago) is the same guy who now owns Fontographer. His official policy, when you read between the lines, is to not support the program, even if you bought it right off the shelf last week. He claims he hasn't been able to replicate the problem.
Here's a clue, dude: (1) get any computer that supports Windows XP (2) install Windows XP and patch it with SP2 (or install the SP2 version from the get-go) and (3) install the version of Fontographer that currently ships (the one that doesn't need any patching). That's it: you now have a copy of Fontographer that doesn't work. And that's not all! You've also experienced the magic of the disappearing dollars that those who fail to read AMAZON Customer Reviews know so well!
My hypothesis: I forget how many hundreds of dollars this guy's deluxe font editing program costs, but if you want to edit fonts, buying this package (from him, of course), is your only real option at this point.
My other hypothesis: He knows this, of course!
As my title suggests, I'd give this ZERO stars, for not working at all (dead out of the box, as we used to say in the consumer electronics industry), but they don't have a "Zero Stars" rating.
Take care, everybody!
The Cliff-Walking Fool
aka The Zero Card