Character map templates for Inkscape and Illustrator

February 17, 2010 at 7:54 pm 29 comments

Back in the day, there was a great free program for the Mac called TypeBook, which I used to print specimen sheets and character maps for my fonts. Unfortunately, it didn’t make the leap to OS X. I have been using an Excel spreadsheet to print character maps for my giant collection of dingbat fonts in the intervening years, but wanted to make something easier to use and to share. The result is my Inkscape version that you can download here.

And I also made a version for Adobe Illustrator that you can download here. Illustrator has a built in character table (Type menu>Glyphs), but if you want something to print out, this will come in handy.

Here’s what a completed page looks like for my 09kutups font.

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  • 1. Carol Parks  |  February 17, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Awesome. I’ve never made a character map, but I’m sure going to try to do this in Inkscape. It would be nice to have a printout of
    my character fonts. Thanks so much.

  • 2. Laura Adams  |  March 9, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I have been all over the Internet the past few days looking for something like this. I wanted to be able to print out character maps of my dingbat fonts, to keep in a notebook for reference (keystroke). Finally made my own in my word processor, but this is so much better. Thanks for all you do. I’ve learned a lot from your site. (I especially loved the story of how you came up with the name of your site – haha.)

  • 3. Laura Adams  |  March 9, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Ok – I’m back. I followed your steps to select a font from my computer, and the apply button stays dim – unclickable – however you say it. Any ideas why? My layer is unlocked. Email me. Thanks.

    • 4. Kay  |  March 9, 2010 at 8:15 pm

      Step 1 is to select all. Did you do that? If so the only thing left to do to activate the apply button is to click a different font name in the list.

      • 5. Laura Adams  |  March 11, 2010 at 8:31 pm

        Yeah, I did select all, and tried clicking on several fonts. The apply button just stayed dim. I’m using Inkscape 0.46. I’ll try it in 0.47. Thanks.

  • 6. Laura Adams  |  March 11, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I figured it out. You have to have the text ‘Create & edit text objects’ button selected, too (The ‘a’ in the left sidebar menu). Duh. Should have known that. Thanks for the template.

    • 7. Kay  |  March 14, 2010 at 7:57 pm

      I don’t have to do that on my Mac in .47. Bet it’s a .46 thing so thanks for letting me know.

  • 8. Linda from Vegas  |  April 17, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I tried your tutorial but the Apply button never lit up so I couldn’t hit apply. does this only work with Ink 47 or will it work with Ink46?

  • 9. Linda from Vegas  |  April 17, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Me again, I selected the Create and edit text objects button also and the Apply button still would not light up.

  • 10. Linda from Vegas  |  April 17, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Me one last time. I can get the apply button to light up if I make the font size 28 but I can only do one letter at a time. Isn’t this supposed to be easy?

    • 11. Kay  |  April 17, 2010 at 9:39 pm

      Sorry you are having so much trouble with this. I suggest you start over with a new download and go through the steps exactly as they are shown again. I have tested the process repeatedly and it works as shown for Inkscape .47. I can not run Inkscape .46 to test so it is possible that this is an Inkscape .46 issue.

  • 12. jodyp  |  May 6, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    This is fantastic, thanks so much for doing this.

  • 13. Stacie  |  June 10, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    This worked perfectly for me!
    To anyone having troubles, try this:
    Open the file from the download, click on ANY letter so that is has a selection box around it (box with arrows on all sides).
    Once you have ONE letter selected, THEN click CTRL-A to select the rest.
    Then click the “T” to bring up the text menu and choose any font.
    Apply should be ready to click (-:
    The problem may be that when you’re click Select All (CTRL-A), your curser is not on the mat and it doesn’t know what to select. By choosing one letter, you “tell” it what you’re trying to select…
    Hope that helps…

  • 14. thefrugalcrafter  |  June 26, 2010 at 8:21 am

    thank you Kay, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, you are a genius!

  • 15. Vesta McDonald  |  July 14, 2010 at 1:22 am

    You are so helpful, Kay. I downloaded the Inkscape version. I am on Mac OSX. What do I do with the download? Do I drag it into Inkscape?

    Sorry, I’m not so good with computers.

    • 16. Kay  |  July 16, 2010 at 9:04 pm

      This is a standard Inkscape file so you can open it just like any other. File>Open or Double click on the icon or drag the file to the Inkscape toolbar icon, etc.

  • 17. thefrugalcrafter  |  September 3, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I followed your instructions but could not get the inkscape map to work but the online one works perfect (dummy proof:) Thanks for the link Kay, you are a treasure!

  • 18. Nina Yang  |  January 31, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I knew that there must have been something like this out there… You are amazing!

  • 19. Annette  |  October 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Hi, I would love to use this but I get a mal site warning each time I try to download. Also, does this work for windows?

    • 20. Kay  |  October 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Yes this works for Windows. Mediafire is a well known download site, but you can just use the online one since you have Windows.

  • […] while back, I posted Character Map templates for Inkscape and Adobe Illustrator. The purpose of these is to make it quick and easy to make a one page reference map of the main […]

  • 22. Janislu  |  April 16, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Will have to try this out. Thank you for sharing.

  • 23. Curly Quills  |  October 27, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Will this work with something that has many characters (i.e. Samantha font)?

    • 24. Kay  |  October 27, 2014 at 10:22 am

      No, it only shows the keyboard accessible characters. Fonts like Samantha typically come with a PDF user guide that shows all the characters, including the ones that can’t be accessed from the keyboard.

  • 25. Judith  |  November 11, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Where can I find the online version? Does this work with otf fonts?

    • 26. Kay  |  November 11, 2015 at 9:49 am

      The online version is no longer available. Yes this works with OTF fonts.

  • 27. Judith  |  January 13, 2016 at 9:34 am

    I have been using your character map for quite some time and love it. I recently downloaded the newer version on Inkscape 0.91 and now I can’t make it work.. please advise

    • 28. Kay  |  January 18, 2016 at 10:43 am

      I am not able to get it to work from my templates folder, but otherwise it is working fine for me. What specifically is it doing?

      • 29. Judith Woodworth  |  January 19, 2016 at 3:40 am

        When I open it. It comes into Inkscape with the letters from alphabet on the left and the template on the right instead of all in one. I did a screen shot but can’t post it here. Please give me an email or location where I can send it to you.

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