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VOLT Release Notes - Getting started

Getting VOLT

Visit the VOLT community site and apply to join. VOLT downloads, as well as notes and VOLT related discussions are hosted on this community site.

Installing VOLT

During VOLT's installation you will be presented with the tool's EULA (end user license agreement). You'll need to click the 'Yes' button to accept the terms of the license and install the tool.

Screen grab of VOLT end user license agreement

Getting Started

To start VOLT 1.1 on your computer, select 'Start/Programs/Microsoft VOLT/Microsoft VOLT' from the Start menu.

Screen grab of Start menu

After VOLT has started, load a TrueType font file into the tool by using the 'Open' button on the toolbar or 'File/Open' from the menu.

Screen grab of VOLT File menu For VOLT version 1.1, we added a 'Recent Files' list to the File menu, and added a command line parameter for automatically opening a font file. To use the command line parameter, type 'volt.exe fontname.ttf' at the command prompt.

With VOLT 1.1, we also changed the way read-only files are handled. When you ask VOLT to open a read-only file, VOLT will issue a warning, as shown below:

Screen grab of VOLT readonly warning dialog box
VOLT will not permit overwrites of read-only files.

VOLT lets you open font files directly from a system's font folder. However, as these fonts are installed and in-use by Windows, we recommend that production font files be stored and accessed from a neutral location.

VOLT erases all OpenType Layout (OTL) tables (GDEF, GSUB or GPOS) present in the font. You cannot start an OpenType Layout project in OTL assembly and continue it in VOLT. It has to be done entirely in VOLT. If VOLT detects OpenType Layout tables in a font file, the following warning message will be displayed:

Screen grab of VOLT warning dialog
VOLT strips existing OpenType tables

VOLT saves its data in a temporary table inside the TTF. This table is removed when the font is shipped. The warning message only appears when you open a font in VOLT for the first time. It warns you that you cannot switch freely between VOLT and raw OT assembly. VOLT keeps more data around (to make its interface more user-friendly), so the translation to OT assembly is not reversible. As long as other tools preserve this table, it should not be a problem to open and save the same font in different tools.

The current version of VOLT only supports fonts containing TrueType font outlines. VOLT cannot display fonts containing CFF PostScript outlines.

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Last updated 31 October 2000.

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