I have tried Hiero but it has NEVER worked for me. Is there an alternative application for creating fonts for cocos2d?



Glyph Designer is pretty good. It's easy to use and the results are nice, they do a good job with options for outlines, shadows and gradients and the fonts look good enough that I have come to prefer using bitmap fonts generated by Glyph Designer over TTF fonts even in places with static text that are not performance-sensitive.

It has a few annoyances, like you can't simultaneously export a normal and retina asset, so you have to manually export twice to support both. It would also benefit from command-line automation, as I would often like to generate a set of sizes from a given set of parameters, and that means manually moving the size slider and exporting from the GUI, which is tedious. But it gets the job done with good results.

  • \$\begingroup\$ do you have a free solution? \$\endgroup\$ – Coder404 Jun 8 '12 at 3:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ No, I also found Hiero simply doesn't work, at least on the Mac. Not sure if it's the Mac Java implementation or what, but I do iOS development professionally so the license cost for Glyph Designer is trivial by development tool standards. I have thought it would be nice to start a GitHub repository for cocos2d bitmap fonts, at least cover the most common fonts across nice range of sizes, but that still won't help people who have something particular in mind. \$\endgroup\$ – Suboptimus Jun 8 '12 at 5:57

It's late in the day, but 71Squared has now released a command line app for Glyph Designer that allows you generate your font assets as part of your build process and also specify the size you would like, so you can automatically generate SD/HD output as required by your project.



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