Where are the advanced typography features such as ligature, glyphs, and more?

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2018-02-08 11:19:17


I read here that Pixelmator Pro allows me to
"take advantage of advanced typography features such as ligature, glyphs, and more"
... and I bought a beautiful OpenType font with "over 330 glyphs, alternative characters such as Stylistic Alternates, Stylistic Set, and Swash variant..."

... but I can't find anywhere in Pixelmator how to make these advanced features show up! . Not in th Text panel, not in a right-click. Doesn't Pixelmator handle OpenType (which advanced typography font format, then)? Is it hidden somewhere in a submenu?

Any help would be very appreciated!

In short: HELP!

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2018-02-08 11:47:10

Hi Nicolas, the general steps for this are as follows:

1. Choose Format > Font > Show Fonts
2. Click the Action pop-up menu (gear icon) in the Fonts window and choose Typography...
3. Highlight the text you'd like to customize
4. Choose an option from the Typography window for the selected character(s)
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2018-02-08 13:12:45

THANK YOU for helping me, Andrius, I really appreciate it.

It really seems like the right (and windy!) way to do it but, unfortunately, it doesn't work for me.

All I am getting is an list of anonymous options (Other 1, Other 2, Other 3...) - see attached pic - and none of them do anything else (after I selected the letter I want to change) than modifying the spacing between letters... May be a buggy thing, since the last item of the menu is not even showing entirely.

I am a total beginner with fonts, but the should be an easier way to get alternative characters and other advance features!

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2018-02-08 13:24:26

Hmm, that's odd — could you check whether the same steps work in, for example, the Pages app?
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2018-02-08 13:40:07

Great: it works in Pages!

... meaning it could be a problem with Pixelmator Pro? (I didn't try with Pixelmator non-Pro I have on my older desktop).

Anyway, thanks for having told me how to do it!
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2018-02-08 13:43:01

Yeah, that does mean it could be a potential bug with Pixelmator Pro. I tried with the default Zapfino font, which has glyphs and ligatures, and it worked for me but could you possibly share the font with us at support@pixelmator.com? We'd test it out and see what could be going wrong.