The Inpector panel is a floating panel which gives access to several kinds of data in the current glyph. The current glyph can be a glyph in the Glyph Editor or a selected glyph in the Font Overview.

To open the Inspector, choose Windows > Inspector from the main application menu, or use the keyboard shortcut ⌘ + I.

Each section of the Inspector can be collapsed or expanded by clicking on its title. Some sections can be resized.

Glyph

The Glyph section allows you to view and edit basic attributes of the current glyph.

Attributes

option description
Name The name of the current glyph.
Unicode The unicode(s) of the current glyph.
Width The advance width of the current glyph.
Left The left margin of the current glyph.
Right The right margin of the current glyph.
Mark The mark color of the current glyph.
Exclude during export A flag indicating if the glyph should be skipped when generating fonts

Editing glyph names

When a glyph name is edited, a sheet appears in the font window with options to:

  • rename all references to this glyph in components, groups and kerning
  • set the unicode value automatically based on the glyph name
  • rename the same glyph in other layers

Glyph names which already exist in the font are not allowed when renaming glyphs.

Editing unicode values

When the unicode value is edited, a sheet appears in the font window with options to:

  • set the glyph name automatically
  • if the glyph name is changed, rename all references to this glyph in components, groups and kerning

Preview

The Preview section shows a simple live preview of the current glyph.

Layers

The Layers section offers an interface for creating and managing layers, and for setting the display attributes of each layer.

The current layer is indicated by a circle with a black dot.

The default layer is indicated by a star.

Actions

action description
drag and drop Change the layer order in the font.
click and hold Rename a layer.
right click Open a contextual menu with an option to make the current layer the default one.
double click on color Open a color palette to choose the layer color.
+ / - Add or remove a layer.
display controls

Control how the layer is displayed in the Glyph View.

  • if the selected layer is the active layer:
    display controls affect the display of the active layer.
  • if the selected layer is not the active layer
    display controls affect the display of the layers in the background

Layer names must contain ASCII characters only, and spaces, slashes and semicolons are not allowed.

Layer display options

Use the icon buttons to toggle different display attributes for layers:

icon layer attributes
visibility
fill
stroke
points
point coordinates

Contextual menu

Right-click on a layer to open a contextual menu with the option to make that layer the default one.

Transform

The Transform section offers several tools to apply transformations to one or more glyphs.

Alignment options

Use the icons at the top to define an origin point for the transformations, and to flip and align shapes.

option description
Select the origin point for the transformation. If no point is selected (0,0) will be used as origin.
Mirror horizontally.
Mirror vertically.
Align selected objects to the bottom.
Center selected objects vertically.
Align selected objects to the top.
Align selected objects to the left.
Center selected objects horizontally.
Align selected objects to the right.

Transformations

Set the individual transformation settings to define a transformation matrix.

option description
Move Move selected objects by (x,y) values. Optionally equalize x and y.
Scale Scale selected objects according to (x,y) percentage values. Optionally equalize x and y.
Rotate Rotate selected objects by an angle (in degrees).
Skew Skew selected objects by angles α,β. Optionally equalize α and β.
Snap Snap selected objects to a grid.

Transform options

The Transform button opens a popup menu with options to control the scope of the transformation within the font.

option description
Transform Apply all transformations to the current glyph. The transformation can be a combination of move, scale, skew and snap transformations.
Transform Selected Glyphs Apply all transformations to the selected glyphs in the Font Overview.
Transform All Glyphs Apply all transformations to all glyphs in the font.
Mirror Selected Glyphs Vertical Mirror all selected glyphs vertically.
Mirror Selected Glyphs Horizontal Mirror all selected glyphs horizontally.
Mirror All Glyphs Vertical Mirror all glyphs vertically.
Mirror All Glyphs Horizontal Mirror all glyphs horizontally.
Transform Again Apply the same transformation again on the current glyph. This can be handy if the transformation values were set by a Transform action in the Glyph View.
Transform Again Selected Glyphs Apply the same transformation again on the selected glyphs.
Transform Again All Glyphs Apply the same transformation again on all glyphs in the font.

Transform scope

The gear icon opens a second popup menu with options to control the scope of the transformation within each glyph.

option description
Transform Contours Apply transformations to contours.
Transform Metrics Apply transformation to metrics.
Transform Components Apply transformation to components.
Transform Anchors Apply transformation to anchors.
Transform Image Apply transformation to image.
Align Off Curve Points Apply alignment to off-curve points.
Set Italic Angle as Skew α Value Set the skew angle as the font’s Italic Angle.
Reset Panel Reset the panel to default settings.

Points

The Points section shows a list of all contours and points in the current glyph.

Attributes

option description
A flag indicating if the contour or point is selected.
contours A list of contours. Each contour is a collapsible list of points.
X / Y The position of each point.
smoothness

A flag indicating if the point is smooth or unsmooth.

name

A name for the point (optional). Must not be unique.

Contextual menu

Right-click in the list to open a contextual menu with options to select and delete points.

Components

The Components section shows a list of all components in the current glyph.

Double-click on any value to edit it.

Attributes

option description
✔︎ A flag indicating if the component is selected.
Base Glyph The glyph referenced by the component.
Transformation The component’s transformation matrix representing its translation, scale, rotation and skew settings.

Contextual menu

Right-click in the list to open a contextual menu with options to select and delete components.

Anchors

The Anchors section shows a list of all anchors in the current glyph.

Double-click any value to edit it.

Attributes

option description
A flag indicating if the anchor is selected.
X / Y The position of the anchor.
Name The name of the anchor.
Color The color of the anchor. (optional)

Contextual menu

Right-click in the list to open a contextual menu with options to select and delete anchors.

Guidelines

The Guidelines section shows a list of all guidelines available in the current glyph, including both font-level (global) and glyph-level (local) guidelines.

Click and hold to edit any value. Double-click on the color cell to edit the color.

Attributes

option description
X / Y The guideline’s origin position.
Angle The angle of the guideline in degrees.
Name The name of the guideline. (optional)
Global

A flag indicating if the guideline is global (font-level) or local (glyph-level). Click on the checkbox to make a local guideline global, and vice versa.

Color The color of the guideline. (optional)

Note

The Note section contains a simple text box for adding an optional note to the current glyph. This note is stored in the UFO only and does not make it into compiled fonts.

Last edited on 01/09/2021