If you’re interested in building designspaces with Python this is for you. You already know you can export Superpolator data as a .designspace document. I’ve added a document on scripting designspaces on Github. The DesignSpaceDocument object lets you add masters, define instances, define axes, anything you can do in Superpolator. Well, except the pretty previews…
I published a basic DesignSpaceEditor extension for RoboFont. Available from RoboFontMechanic. It is a single window with panels for axes, masters and instances. It follows the DesignSpace document format. No preview and a maximum of 5 axes.
New Superpolator can import and export DesignSpace files. The formats are similar, but there are some differences and not all data can go everywhere. Read up at the Formats page to find out what is exported and what is not.
A video of the Superpolator3 Preview during the 2012 Robothon. Oh boy, a lot of work that still needed to be done. This is a presentation from the 2009 Robothon on Superpolator2 and Prepolator, together with TypeSupply’s Tal Leming.
I’ve posted two example projects on Github. One project shows different ways of making intermediates with three masters on one axis. The second project demonstrates how to make a rule to control alternate shapes in a two axis, six master design space. Have fun!
When you draw your letters you spend more time moving points around than actually placing them on the canvas for the first time. It makes sense to adapt the construction of the outline to movement: with a couple of simple interventions you can make your outlines easier to work with.
As promised, if you bought Superpolator after the Robothon, March 2012, you’re eligible for a free upgrade. (unless you’re happy to support us, we’re happy to be supported!) If you haven’t already, let us know and we’ll get you sorted.
It’s a new release and while we test on a range of machines and OS versions, unexpected things sometimes popup. If you ran into a problem check the Release History. There might be an update for it already. Otherwise just get in touch!