Frequently Asked Question - What are all those hints? I have noticed that the one of the TT import options is to keep Save "TT hinting information." However when I import a hinted font the hint button on the option bar does not show any hints in the edit window. If I autohint the font and save it as TT, and I open it again I can't see the hints. If I save it as a *.VFB file the hints are their when I open it. It there something I am missing?

What are all those hints? I have noticed that the one of the TT import options is to keep Save "TT hinting information." However when I import a hinted font the hint button on the option bar does not show any hints in the edit window. If I autohint the font and save it as TT, and I open it again I can't see the hints. If I save it as a *.VFB file the hints are their when I open it. It there something I am missing?

Yes. There are 3 kind of hints in FontLab: Type 1 hints (green lines in Edit window), TrueType visual instructions (seen in TrueType hinting tool only) and original, saved TrueType instructions that can't be seen. You can see what hints your characters have in Font window (small colored marks in character cells give information about present hints — look into help for description) and in right-top area of Glyph window.
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  • What are all those hints? I have noticed that the one of the TT import options is to keep Save "TT hinting information." However when I import a hinted font the hint button on the option bar does not show any hints in the edit window. If I autohint the font and save it as TT, and I open it again I can't see the hints. If I save it as a *.VFB file the hints are their when I open it. It there something I am missing?