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In an email that introduced that crazy project a few months ago, Jongware wrote to me: “People around me literally drop their jaws when I show them the working demo-version!” No kidding! IndyFont is nothing less than a complete font lab embedded in InDesign.

Create a custom OT Font from scratch

To give you a prior taste of this amazing product, here are the very basic steps involved in getting started:

1. Download the demo and drop the JSXBIN file into your regular Scripts Panel folder.

2. Run IndyFont from the Scripts panel. You'll get the main dialog:

IndyFont Main Dialog (original demo version, which is now obsolete).

3. Type in a font name and just click OK. A new InDesign document is instantly created. The first page contains system stuff—you can edit the ‘name’, ‘version’ etc. items here.

4. Goto the 2nd page to construct your first glyph. IndyFont kindly provides template characters in a dedicated layer to give you visual landmarks through the process:

Template Page for the letter A.

5. Then, using the pen tool or any combination of built-in shapes, start drawing/building your own art work. Only black objects on the layer Outlines will be exported—everything else is ignored. (The bottom left is the zero point for characters.)

Drawing my first character!

Note that the demo-version only allows one character to be exported—the first one in your document that validates as a candidate. You are free to create a hundred of characters, but IndyFont will output just the first.

6. When you're done, run IndyFont again. This is the step that actually generates the final OTF font file:

OK, let's build an OpenType Font file!

Choose InDesign Fonts (default option) to make the font only available to InDesign. Otherwise you can select a specific folder for output—the OTF will work in any program!

7. IndyFont then displays a very humble confirmation message:

That's it!

8. If the font does not immediately appear in InDesign, switch to another program and then switch back. Now your custom font should be listed in the related InDesign panels.

The new font is now available in InDesign.

Congrats to Jongware! Just another stroke of genius.

• Original IndyFont Demo-Version (2012, ZIP):