The Dutch Type Library (dtl), renowned for its exquisite typefaces since 1990, and the Hamburg (Germany) based company urw Type Foundry –font-technology pioneer since the early 1970s– jointly develop tools for the professional font production for more than 20 years. The history of these tools goes all the way back to the ikarus system from more than 40 years ago.
Since the second half of the 1990s the goal of dtl and urw has always been to make the increasingly complex professional font production as simple to handle as possible, without compromising the quality aspect in any manner. Initially these font tools were developed exclusively for intensive internal use at dtl and urw, as, for example the video below shows.
However, in the course of time the advanced applications for professional font production were also made available to third parties. All of dtl’s new font tools are developed for macOS, Windows, and Linux.