QUESTION:

I use a Mac and hear that Fontographer won’t run in OSX 10.15 Catalina!? Apple is apparently asking developers to optimize their apps for 64-bit compatibility, so I’m doing the same…

Any chance of a new 64 bit Fontographer?


ANSWER:

We do have plans for Fontographer, but it’s not possible to simply “update” Fontographer to 64-bit. 


What Apple sells as an “easy” thing is, in reality, the opposite, especially for apps with such a long legacy as Fontographer, dating back to 1985. It’s not the “64-bit” per se, it’s that huge amounts of the Fontographer code use system APIs from classic MacOS, which in MacOS X are called “Carbon”, and Apple never upgraded Carbon to 64-bit. The removal of 32-bit support by Apple is a nice thing in theory, but in practice, it’ll affect a huge number of software developers. 

Our advice is to postpone upgrading to Catalina if you rely on 32-bit apps, as many users will undoubtedly do. I personally don’t plan to upgrade to Catalina anytime soon, because I myself have lots of apps that would no longer work (not just by FontLab), especially those from smaller developers.

So far, FontLab VI is our only app that will work on Catalina. 

We’re looking at available options for Fontographer, so keep out for our announcements!