Glyph View

The Glyph View area of the Preferences window offers several settings related to the Glyph Editor for configuration by the user.

Glyph editor settings

The display of the Glyph Editor can be fully customized (colors, size of on-curve and off-curve points, stroke widths, background grid etc), as well as its behavior while editing (warning for outline errors, point insertion, slanted coordinates etc).



Artboard Width Width of the glyph view artboard.
Artboard Height Height of the glyph view artboard.
Oncurve Size Size of the oncurve point displayed in the glyph view.
Offcurve Size Size of the offcurve point displayed in the glyph view.
Grid X Size of the grid horizontally.
Grid Y Size of the grid vertically.
Snap Points To Snap all points while editing to a multiple of this value. If you set this value to zero point coordinates will be floating points. If you set this value to five all point coordinates will be a multiple of five.
Outline Errors Display a error line showing an outline error if the difference between the segment starting point and end point  is smaller then this value.
Selection Stroke Width Width of the selection path. If this value is zero the selection path will be drawn without anti-alias.
⇧ Increment The increment when using shift down.
⌘ ⇧ Increment The increment when using command and shift down.
Draw With The default drawing curve type when opening a new document. Can be either "Cubic Beziers (PostScript)" or "Quadratic Beziers (TrueType)"
Next Glyph The list used when hitting "Next Glyph" or "Previous Glyph". Can be either the "From Selected Set" or "From 'All Glyphs' set".
Preserve Curve on Deleting Point If a point get removed this value can decides if the curve should be preserved or not. 
Display Italic Angle   Use the Italic angle in the glyph view and space center.
Slant Point Coordinates Slant all point coordinates. This is only a display options, points will be stored in the UFO as absolute points coordinates.
Draw Dragging Cross Lines Display the dragging cross line while dragging objects in the glyph view. 
Draw Coordinates Background Color Draw a darker color in the back of the point coordinates. 
Measurement Show Glyph Metrics Use glyph metrics during measuring. (left and right margins)
Measurement Show Font Metrics Use font metrics during measuring. (descender, baseline, x height, ascender, cap height)
Contours can close by dragging An open contour can close while dragging the first or last point on the first or last point.
Contour Closing Snap Distance The snap distance used to snap the first or last point while closing an open contour..
Draw Strokes Using Antialias Use anti alias to draw strokes. This is an option for Retina displays where the device pixel is rather small.


Glyph Editor Color Settings

Hot Keys

The Glyph View Preferences also allows the user to create and configure his/her own customized keyboard shortcuts.

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