Aaron Timbrell rounds up the software directory
Welcome to this issue's DiscWorld column. This issue we are keeping with our "serious" software policy and are delighted to present a free copy of FontFiend, the most powerful RISC OS font editor, free for all subscribers. This also provides an excellent opportunity to answer the question that literally nobody has ever asked, "Why call it 'The Fiendish Font Editor'?". The answer is simple, take the title letters and read them backwards. What do you get? The answer is EFF, which is short for the Electronic Font Foundry. Why? Well I used to work there in the early 90's. On leaving I decided that I needed a font editor of my own and that's how the FontFiend project was started. It was never designed to be a commercial product. I wrote it for myself to edit and design fonts for sale under the iSV Products banner.
When the market for RISC OS fonts finally dried up in the late 90's I decided that since I wouldn't be using FontFiend myself I might as well tidy it up a little and sell it so others could take advantage of the features (which at the time were well ahead of equivalent applications on other platforms). Now you too can have a play. As one final note as far as I am aware FontFiend holds the record for the RISC OS application that can handle the most number of simultaneous windows, almost 600 at once. You have been warned!
FontFiend - the Fiendish Font Editor rrp £29
FontFiend is the intelligent font designer. FontFiend can make fonts with Latin 1,2,3 or 4 character sets. Automatically make accented letters and symbols in your font. Worried about the "black arts" of hinting a font. FontFiend can do this for you automatically.
FontFiend can also repair damaged fonts that won't load into FontED as well as loading many fonts that FontED cannot cope with. Supplied with a comprehensive printed manual and full on-line help FontFiend is the professional font designer.
Requires RiscPC with minimum 8Mb of RAM
FontFiend is the font editor the Acorn community has been waiting for. Some of its hundreds of features include:
This is only a small list of the hundreds of features offered by FontFiend.
FontFiend is StrongARM compatible and is suitable for all 26bit and 32bit versions of RISC OS.
The complete DiscWorld line up
As per usual we have our collections of the latest RISC OS applications, as well as support files for this issues articles:
BBC BASIC to C converter.
Exclusive Foundation RISCWorld DFS disc reader.
Full version of FontFiend, the RISC OS font editor.
Software featured in the Iyonix column.
Software covered in the letters column.
This contains two sets of Toolbox Modules. The Castle archive contains the latest 26/32 bit neutral system components, required if you want to run a lot of new software releases on 26bit machines. The RISCOS Ltd archive contains later and improved versions of a number of modules and is suitable for all versions of RISC OS from 3.1 onwards. We have also included copies of SharedUnixLib and UnixHome as these are needed by some programs.
Support files for the VirtualAcorn technical support article.
Wakefield 2008 show photos by Colin Sutton.
Programming examples from our latest book serialisation.