We are happy to announce the stable version 2.0.1 of Glyphs Mini, the affordable light version of the Glyphs font editor. The update is available now, free for all users of Glyphs Mini 2, and primarily consists of performance and stability improvements.
To update, simply choose Glyphs Mini > Check for Updates… and confirm the dialog that follows. As always, it is a good idea to save and backup any unfinished work you have open in the app.
Users who purchased Glyphs Mini in the AppStore need to be a little more patient, but should receive their update automatically in a few days. The update has been uploaded, but as always, it will take a little until it is reviewed and approved by Apple.
Performance and Stability
All reported crashes are fixed now, and many small issues are history. In terms of performance, both importing existing fonts and exporting OpenType fonts are much faster now. We could squish many small bugs, like the editing troubles some users had in Font Info (alignment zones) and the little grey Info bar in Edit view (tabbing, number typing, and arrow-up/down stepping). Or the ‘endless error dialog’ issue, where under certain, luckily rare, circumstances, confirming an error message would bring the same dialog back immediately, keeping you in limbo until you force quit. No more of that, it works like a charm now.
There are also a few small things we could improve: Placed images are handled better now, for one thing. If you have been doing a lot of that, you will like the new version.
One nicety for people who do all-cap fonts: Glyphs Mini now automatically encodes missing lowercase glyphs in an all uppercase font. In other words, if you only have uppercase letters in your font, both the uppercase and lowercase Unicodes are mapped to the same glyphs. No more need to duplicate and rename your uppercase. Reduces the file size. A lot.
Here is my favorite: When you start the app, and no font was open, it will now open a new empty document right away. Many users had problems with the ‘quiet’ app start, where Glyphs Mini showed no window and no nothing, and it was hard to see whether the app was running at all.
A big thank you to all our great users: Your continued feedback makes the improvement of the software possible. Have fun with Glyphs Mini 2.0.1!