Five Apps and a Font

Five applications I’ve written for processing fonts and drawfiles, and one font. No use to you unless you use a RISCOS computer...

They’re all self-extracting archives, so all you have to do is download the file into a suitable directory, set the file type to FFC, and double-click on it, which will create the whole application or font in the same directory. You can then delete the original downloaded file.

XP1FontEd is designed to work alongside FontEd, providing extra facilities – particularly conversion back and forth between drawfiles and fonts, but also converting RISCOS fonts to SFD (Spline Font Database) files for import to FontForge on a Mac or a PC, to produce TrueType or PostScript fonts. It can also perform a variety of transformations. Download here

See More about XP1FontEd for further details.

XP1MBoldn is mainly intended for use with XP1FontEd, to produce emboldened (or thinned) versions of fonts, but has wider uses with drawfiles. Acorn’s FontEd can in theory embolden a font, but it doesn’t do it very well; XP1MBoldn does a better job. You still need to examine the results, and are likely to need to tweak the glyphs in places, particularly if you embolden by a large amount – but a lot less tweaking will be needed than after emboldening with FontEd. This need to tweak is inescapable: there are details in glyphs where there is no ‘right’ way to do an emboldening, and you have to do some actual design thinking... Download here

XP1PathEd also has uses in font design and editing, but is of much more general application in drawings. It can enable you to see, and alter, the ‘winding’ of paths in drawfiles, or to cut up paths into their components in various ways, or stitch paths together in various ways. This is very useful if you need similar shapes in parts of several different paths – which is very common in font design! It’s also quite useful in engineering and architectural drawing, and probably other areas of drawing that I’m less familiar with. Seeing and altering the winding of paths is useful for making ‘holes’ in filled objects, through which background objects can be seen – and for ensuring that objects ‘emboldened’ with XP1MBoldn are emboldened rather than being skinnified (or vice-versa if that’s what you intended). Download here

See More about XP1PathEd for further details.

XP1ReDraw allows you to use line patterns not otherwise available in !Draw, and to apply various hatchings and cross-hatchings to rectangles. The line patterns have various lengths of dashes and mark:space ratios, or more complex patterns – useful particularly for drawing monochrome graphs with several curves. The hatchings are particularly useful for bar charts (see also XP1Dings below). All can of course be used for other purposes! Download XP1ReDraw here.

See More about XP1ReDraw for further details.

XP1Dings is a font containing a pretty random collection of special characters mostly not available in other fonts such as Selwyn or Sidney (or for that matter Wingdings) mostly for cross-referring into graphs and diagrams. In particular, it contains small squares of each hatching that XP1ReDraw produces, for use in the bar charts’ legends. I originally drew all the characters when I was doing pre-press (on Acorns) for scientific journals, but there were a lot of things that belonged to the society that owned the journals. I had to expurgate them from the font before I could put it in the public domain. I’ve also moved characters into more accessible locations in the font, now there are many fewer of them. Download XP1Dings and double click on Dings to expand it. (Some of the scaffolding and widths may be a bit awry at the moment, after a rapid editing job. Will tidy up later, but most of it’s probably usable. Email me if you notice any problems and I’ll probably fix them sooner!)

XP1Dr2SVG converts a draw file into a .svg (Scalable Vector Graphics) file suitable for loading into various applications on PCs or Macs (or of course on any computer, if it has an app that handles SVG files).

It doesn’t do sprites – it just ignores them.

The main reason I wanted this is to get drawfiles onto my Mac as vector graphics rather than bit images. Tested with Inkscape, Safari, Firefox, The GIMP and LibreOffice Draw.

See More about XP1Dr2SVG for further details.

Download here

I wrote all this stuff primarily for my own use, but I’d like to think others might find it useful too! Depending on feedback as to its usefulness, I might enhance it. I’ve given the latest enhancements some testing and fixed every bug I found, but I certainly wouldn’t claim that it’s all bug-free.

They’re all free, and I’ve no problem with you editing them to your heart’s content and passing them, or edited versions of them, on – but do please (1) let me know of any bugs you find, or enhancements you’ve made (or would like) (2) keep the little note with my email address in the !Help files (3) feel free to contact me with a view to paying me a little something if you find any of them really useful and can afford it! (4) Whether or not you want to pay me anything, let me know if you find any of these useful. I shan’t think any the less of anyone who doesn’t want to, or can’t, pay anything – I’m a pensioner and don’t often pay for shareware either! A bit of feedback is valuable encouragement anyway.