I decided tonight that I wanted to make a font out of my own handwriting. Surely it's possible to do this online with my tablet and get instant gratification, I thought. One quick google search later and 9 dollars later, I had my answer: Yes, via www.fontifier.com.
1. I imported their template GIF into OneNote and resized it to be about as wide as I needed it for my normal handwriting2. I inked over the graphic in onenote3. I selected all of the contents on the page in OneNote and copied it to the clipboard4. I pasted that into Photoshop, resized it to 100dpi and saved as a PNG which I uploaded to their site5. I paid via paypal, and they gave me a TTF which I downloaded
I am totally geeked. Now, the trick is to get my font installed onto everyone's computers so that I can use it in email. Just kiddin'... I really wanted this to help with my scrapbooking and well, because it's just so neat. It's like it's 1999.
[Update 7/6: I was pointed at another way to do this for free: MyOwnFont. I tried this out, and it works wonderfully! Now I just need to find out if I can donate to the author, it's a fantastic application.]
Wasn't there a recent TabletPC contest-winner that does this for free? I think your urge for instant-gratification just cost you $9 :-)
I'm happy to pay $9 for good software. But I'll dig around for that, it would be fun to play with making fonts, but I wouldn't want to pay for just screwing around.
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New Powertoys from microsoft named FontTools can do this on a tablet PC for $0.
Very cool. Will definitely check it out.
Rob: Where can I find that powertoy? I don't see it on http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/tabletpc.mspx.
The Tablet PC Contest Winner:
Actually a Channel 9 video on it too.
Consult http://www.tabletpcpost.com for newly released Tablet apps.