Install The Free Font Creator & Editor ‘Birdfont’ 2.0 in Ubuntu

January 25, 2015 — Leave a comment

Birdfont Font  Editor

Birdfont, a free and open source font editor, has reached the 2.0 release recently with new UI layout, bug fixes and a few improvements.

BirdFont is a free font editor that lets you create vector graphics and export TTF, EOT & SVG fonts. It is written by Johan Mattsson using Vala programming language, works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

The 2.0 release brings:

  • New UI layout
  • New zoom tool
  • Improved background import
  • Customizable short cuts
  • New tab for changing font name
  • Illustrator SVG import and other bug fixes
  • Load bf fonts faster

BirdFont 2.0 in Ubuntu

How to Install/Upgrade birdfont in Ubuntu:

The binary packages have been made into my personal PPA (unofficial), available for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 15.04.

Open terminal from the Dash or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T. When it opens, run command below to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/birdfont

After that, update system package cache and install the editor by running below two commands one by one:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install birdfont

If you don’t want to add PPA, download & install the .deb package directly from launchpad page.

New to Birdfont? See the video tutorials on its website.

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