Big Generator Upgrade
We're pleased to announce some really great new features in the Font Squirrel Generator.
New Menu Options
First off, we've reconfigured the base menu:
|BASIC||Running fonts through the basic setting will keep processing to a minimum. We leave everything alone, except for tweaking the NAME table and adding a few space and hyphen glyphs. This is useful if you don't like the way the Generator handles your fonts.|
|OPTIMAL||We've taken the guesswork out of getting great looking, great performing fonts. This setting will output your fonts using our best-practices settings. You should use this setting unless you need fine-grain control.|
|EXPERT||With the expert setting you can get exactly what you want, the way you want it. We've also included an option to save your settings so you don't have to reconfigure when you come back.|
This is our most exciting new component. If you have a font with OpenType features, you can now flatten some of them into your webfont. For instance, some fonts have small caps built in, but they are completely inaccessible in a web browser. By selecting the "Small Cap" option, the Generator will replace all the lowercase glyphs with the small cap variants, giving you a small cap font. Please note that not all OpenType features are supported and if the font lacks OpenType features, using these options won't create them.
Here is an example. I uploaded the Linden Hill font which contains the Small Cap ('smcp') OpenType feature. Using the Expert options, I check the Small Caps box in the OpenType Options area. The Generator copies all the small caps to the lowercase position and now I have a regular and a small cap version of the font.
Some fonts would look better if the spacing was tweaked. Use the "Adjust Glyph Spacing" input to add or subtract space to all the glyphs in a font. The amount you need is relative to the "Em Square Value." So if the em is 2048 then adding 50 would adjust the width slightly. You can use negative values as well if the font needs to be tightened.
Some of you use the generator constantly. For you, the option to "remember my settings" will save you a bit of time.
We're constantly working to improve the performance and ability of the Generator. Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments. We'd love to hear what you need and how you're using it.