It’s almost unbelievable but there are some very cool online font editors out there which let you save your font as TTF and use it in your favorite graphics software! Those applications are browser-based and let you create your own fonts with ease. You can check out fonts by other people and download them, too. Just take a look at the projects below.
The designer/coder Rob Meek has finished a very cool online font-editor called 'FontStruct' which lets you create fonts through a flash-based editor. So the editor runs in your browser and doesn’t need an installation or something.
The interface of the editor is quite easy and it’s just great fun to create a font with this tool. And it’s getting better: you can save your created fonts as valid TTF-fonts and share them on the website (CreativeCommon-license). The fonts of other people can be downloaded and “cloned” so that you can edit them again.
The editor is very sophisticated – however it’s minimalistic and easy to use. You can use keyboard-shortcuts for all action and the workspace-area can be dragged around by holding down the space-bar (greetings from Photoshop). There are some advanced options like guidelines and adjacent characters which help a lot when creating a font.
The whole application reminds of an icon-editor and works exactly like that. There are predefined brushes (called “bricks”) you can use in order to create a shape (character). FontStruct is designed to create pixel-fonts and clean typefaces but you can even create more complex fonts by using the bricks in a good combination.
So this application is quite a revolution for creative people because you don’t need an expensive font-editor in order to create a simple font (or a corporate font).
The software and web designers from Pentacom (Eiji Nishidai / Yuko Washizu) have developed a very easy but impressive pixel font tool called “BitFontMaker”. The web application can be run in three versions (Canvas, Director and XBM) and reminds of an icon editor: there’s a grid where you can easily paint/erase black squares which complete a character. There’s also the feature of a glyphs map where you can create every needed character for your font. Characters can be copied/pasted so that you have some basis for the other characters. You can view your font with a specified sample text (“Text Drive”) and check how it looks finally. The editor is very easy to use and it has everything you need (because it’s made for simple pixel fonts). Finally, you can save your created font as TTF-file to your local harddrive where you can use it in your graphics software. This is just an awesome feature which works very well! There’s also a great communities which has created tons of stunning pixel fonts which can be viewed and downloaded in the
BitFont Museum. The fonts which are available there are high quality so you should definitely check this site out.