Interpolation is not just something that happens at the end of a project. As a designer you need to see the effects of a change immediately. Especially when working in increasingly complex designspaces. Skateboard is a new tool for RoboFont 3.2+. It crunches your designspaces, offers easy access to masters and lets you dial up previews and instances. Navigate through complex designspaces, see what you’re doing.
The Skateboard window offers an overview of all the important data: which UFOs and layers are part of the interpolation system, which designspace locations are relevant and a location for the current preview.
Showing the MutatorSans project, this window shows the designspace has 4 masters, with additional material coming from 3 separate layers. Icons indicate which UFOs happen to be open in RoboFont, which are on disk. Missing UFOs are marked. The other UFOs are just quietly contributing their material: so you only need to have the UFO’s open that you need to edit and still see the previews. The source marked with the star is the default master.
With a designspace open, Skateboard draws a live preview in all the relevant glyph windows. Using the Navigator tool from the toolbar you can quickly move between different locations. In the Preview axes panel you can assign axes to horizontal and vertical dragging motion. Skateboard just moves the axes that you want, no need for complex multi-dimensional UI. I’ve tried bunches of different visualisation methods for these designspaces, and simpler really is better. Normal macOS input devices are two dimensional. 3D views are exponentially more complex and calculation-heavy and still won’t help you with all the other axes. So Skateboard goes for fast and practical. You’ll love it when you use it.
Skateboard neatly taps into RoboFont’s own measure tool.
This variable font thing is pretty new. There are no tools that can do everything because there is no idea what the everything is. So expect Skateboard to continue to develop. Updates flow to your RoboFont through RoboFontMechanic2.
|Single license||€ 200|
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