The Inpector panel is a floating window with several sections, each one giving access to a particular kind of data in the current glyph.

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/expanded by clicking on its title. Some sections can be resized using the division bar at the bottom.

Glyph

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

option description
Name

The name of the current glyph.

If the name is changed, a pop-up sheet will appear to assist with renaming the glyph in referenced components, groups and kerning, as well as setting unicodes automatically.

Unicode The unicodes of the current glyph. Similarly to the glyph name, a pop-up sheet will appear to assist in setting a new unicode value.
Width Set the width of the current glyph.
Left Set the left margin of the current glyph.
Right Set the right margin of the current glyph.
Mark Set the mark color of the current glyph.

Preview

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

Layers

The Layers section offers an interface for creating and managing layers.

action description
drag & drop Change layer order.
click and hold Rename a layer.
+ / - 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.

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 popu 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 could be a combination of move, scale, skew and snap transformations.
Transform Selected Glyphs Apply all transformations to glyph selection 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. (Handy if the transformation is set from 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.

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 an image.
Align Off Curve Points Apply alignment to off curve points.
Set Italic Angle as Skew α Value Use the skew angle as the font’s Italic Angle.
Reset Panel Reset the panel to default settings.

Components

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

Double-click on any value to edit it.

option description
✔︎ Select/deselect component.
Base Glyph The glyph referenced by the component.
Transformation The component’s transformation matrix representing its translation, scale, rotation and skew settings.

Anchors

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

Double-click any value to edit it.

option description
Select/deselect anchor.
X / Y The position of the anchor.
Name The name of the anchor.
Color The color of the anchor. (optional)

Guidelines

RoboFont 3.3b

The Guidelines section shows a list of all global and local guidelines available in the current glyph.

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

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

A checkbox 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.

Last edited on 02/08/2019