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Visual OpenType Layout Tool

The Microsoft Visual OpenType Layout Tool "VOLT" 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 VOLT related downloads. Links to VOLT's release notes as well as tips and tutorials are also posted below.

VOLT supports a wide range of substitution and positioning types. It also contains a proofing tool that helps see the result of applying 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.

Getting VOLT

Visit the VOLT community Web site and apply to join. A VOLT version 1.1 download as well as notes and VOLT related discussions are hosted on the site.


Of historic interest

this page was last updated 21 August 2002
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Microsoft Typography | Developer information | VOLT