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