Johan Mattsson has released BirdFont 6.0.1, a major new version of his cross-platform font creation tool. Free for personal use (users must publish fonts under the SIL Open Font License), the tool provides users with a way to create and edit fonts.
Version 6 unveils what it describes as a “new” (but visually similar) interface, accompanied by performance improvements and a handful of changes.
The new user interface will appear visually similar to previous versions, but no specific changes are discussed. A new tooltip is available on the main screen, but the main effect of the change appears to be faster performance compared to the old design.
Some functional improvements have been made: users can now move the canvas using the middle mouse button, while the point editing tools now offer the ability to snap to guides for more precise alignment .
Users also get a new option to render existing dark and light themes in grayscale: simply click the newly added droplet button in the main toolbar to toggle it on or off.
The program offers a range of packages. The free version restricts users to producing fonts under the SIL Open Font License. There are two paid tiers: Commercial ($4.99 or more) only for commercial use, and Plus ($9.99 or more) which also offers support for a wider range of font types (including including OTF, color and variable fonts). Paid licenses offer free updates for one year, but will continue to work indefinitely.
BirdFont 6.0.1 is rounded out with numerous — again unspecified — bug fixes. It is now available as a free personal download for Windows (10 or later), Mac (macOS 14.0 or later), and Linux (flatpak required). Older versions remain available through Birdfont.org for older Macs and PCs.