Fontographer was originally developed by James Von Ehr as Altsys' first product in January 1986. Version 2.0 was released in the fall of that year. Its graphics engine became the foundation of Aldus FreeHand 1.0.
Altsys was acquired by Macromedia in January 1995. Version 4.1 was included with Macromedia FreeHand Graphics Studio and FreeHand Graphics Studio 7 for Macintosh. The Macromedia packaging was designed by J. Stewart Huey.
In May 2005, before the acquisition of Macromedia by Adobe Systems, FontLab licensed the rights to continue developing Fontographer, alongside its higher end FontLab Studio product. The last updates from Macromedia at the time were versions 3.5.2 / 4.1 for Windows and 4.1.3 for Macintosh / Power Macintosh. Fontlab began immediately selling versions 4.1.4 for Macintosh and 4.1.5 for Windows. By November 2005, version 4.7 for Mac OS X was released. The last release to date from FontLab is version 5.2.3 in December 2013. The Mac version is 32-bit and is not expected to be supported by macOS Catalina or later.
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- Macromedia Fontographer by J. Stewart Huey, Katharine Green, CleanGetaway Communications and Branding. 2009.
- Macromedia Fontographer Support Center, Macromedia. Archived 2005-05-13.
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- Fontographer 4.7 (Mac) & 4.1.5 (Win), FontLab. Archived 2005-11-24.
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- Fontographer 5 at FontLab
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- Interview with the FontMeister at BlogSpot (2006-05-31, archived 2011-07-08)
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- Fontographer at The Best of NeXT Computers
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- Fontographer at Wikipedia