About the Tool
The Microsoft Visual OpenType Layout Tool provides an easy-to-use graphical user interface to add
OpenType layout tables to fonts with TrueType outlines. It is licensed free and can be downloaded
from the online community set up for it. The community hosts an active discussion forum, version
history information, a wish-list and related downloads. Links to VOLT's release notes, as well as
tips and tutorials are also posted.
VOLT supports a wide range of substitution and positioning types. It also contains a proofing tool
for reviewing the application of layout table lookups. It allows import and export of glyph names,
lookups, glyph groups and a full project.
The tool has been used by community members to add OpenType layout tables to various fonts
supporting scripts, including Arabic (Naskh and Nastaliq writing styles), Bengali, Cyrillic,
Devanagari, Greek, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Latin, Sinhala, Syriac, Telugu, and Thaana.
Last updated 21 August 2014.