Summary

Glyphr

reviewed by Anne de Bekker

24/09/2017

The Good:

Pretty easy to navigate through and design a font. It can create complex vector shapes, copy&paste, flip shapes arond, drag, resize, etcetera. Characters can be combined into supercharacters. It gives the possibily to import SVG Fonts or otlines, aswell as .ttf and .otf files. The tools are very familiar for users of Adobe software (pen tool, guidelines, shortcuts, etc.). It even has the possibility to spread out and use a second monitor (tools on one screen, editing on the other). It works online so no need to download: great if you don't have much space on your laptop/desktop. Your work can be easily exported and it also gives you the possibility to change your file when you export it as a glyphr file.

The Bad:

You need to be a little familiar with design programs to get started in Glyphr. The export options are limited (import options aswell, but better). There's only a limited amount of tools.

The Bottomline:

Very helpful tool for designers, expecially ones that are still in the beginner phase of font designing. Works fine and easily.

Overall Rating:

4

Specifications

The official website of the tool is

http://www.glyphrstudio.com/online/

The tool is made by

Glyphr Studio

You can find the official doccumentation on:

http://help.glyphrstudio.com/ https://github.com/glyphr-studio

Is there a user forum/ bug tracker/ issue tracker and if so where?

n/a

I reviewed version 1.08 of the Software

The interface:

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  • what is it : online tool
  • what is it for ? other
  • this tool functions : online
  • this tool is available for : ALL
  • this tool is : Free Beer
  • does this tool have a paid version available? no
  • Review

    The user interface:

    Pretty easy to use, but mainly if you're already experienced in adobe/design programs. The interface is clear, basic.

    Tutorials / Instructions:

  • useful / helpful : 4
  • clear : 3
  • quick and easy to understand : 4

    What notable things do other users say about this tool? (either good or bad!)

    "Standard character spacing feeling awkward like a gradeschool slowdance? Kerning gets characters together and feelin’ good." - Ralf Herrmann, typography.guru

    Testing the tool (learning by doing – trial and error)

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    What would/could a designer use this tool for?

    Of course it could be used for font design, but because of the shape-possibilities I can see someone use it for other graphic design aswell. The baseline grid can be very useful for desiging big designs based on graphic shapes.

    Depending on what kind of free this tool is, how “free” is this tool really?

    No ads, no 'premium' that expects you to pay more. There is a donate option but this isn't forced upon you and doesn't bother me.

    Please add any additional comments below:

    No additional comments.

    *As an official reviewer for the Great Free Graphic Software Review I confirm I have filled in the above review at the best of my abilities, with care, patience and without prior prejudice, so help me Tux.*

    Anne de Bekker, 24/09/2017

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    Testing the tool

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