FreeType for Complete applications Publisher's description
from Werner LEMBERG
This is a font engine designed to be capable of producing high-quality output glyphs and fonts
It can be used in graphics libraries, font conversion tools, text image generation tools, display servers, etc.
It is a font service and doesn't provide APIs to perform higher-level features like text layout or graphics processing.
FreeType 2 supports the following font formats:
TrueType fonts (and collections)
Type 1 fonts
CID-keyed Type 1 fonts
OpenType fonts (both TrueType and CFF variants)
SFNT-based bitmap fonts
X11 PCF fonts
Windows FNT fonts
BDF fonts (including anti-aliased ones)
Type 42 fonts
Here are some key features of "FreeType":
В· FreeType 2 provides a simple and easy-to-use API to access font content in a uniform way, independently of the file format. Additionally, some format-specific APIs can be used to access special data in the font file.
В· Unlike most comparable libraries, FreeType 2 supports scalable font formats like TrueType or Type 1 natively and can return the outline data (and control instructions/hints) to client applications.
В· The design of FreeType 2 is based on modules that can be either linked statically to the library at compile time, or loaded on demand at runtime. Modules are used to support specific font formats, or even new glyph image formats!
В· FreeType 2 was written with embedded systems in mind. This means that it doesn't use static writable data (i.e., it can be run from ROM directly), and that client applications can provide their own memory manager and I/O stream implementation.
В· The latter allows to easily read from ROM-based, compressed or remote font files with the same API. Several stream implementations can be used concurrently with a single FreeType 2 instance.
В· From a given glyph outline, FreeType 2 is capable of producing a high-quality monochrome bitmap, or anti-aliased pixmap, using 256 levels of пїЅ?grayвЂ™. This is much better than the 5 levels used by Windows 9x/98/NT/2000 or FreeType 1.
В· FreeType 2 supports all the character mappings defined by the TrueType and OpenType specification. It is also capable of automatically synthetizing a Unicode charmap from Type 1 fonts, which puts an end to the painful пїЅ?encoding translationвЂ™ headache common with this format.
В· The FreeType 2 core API provides simple functions to access advanced information like glyph names or kerning data.
В· A full-featured and efficient TrueType bytecode interpreter. The engine is able to produce excellent output at small point sizes. This component has been extremely difficult to get right, due to the ambiguous and misleading TrueType specification. However, we now match Windows and Mac qualities. Please read our patents page to learn more about some issues when using the interpreter.
В· For those who don't need or want to use the bytecode interpreter for TrueType fonts, we developed our own automatic hinter module. It is also used by other scalable formats.
В· FreeType 2 provides information that is often not available from other similar font engines, like kerning distances, glyph names, vertical metrics, etc.
В· Due to its modular design, it is easy to enhance the library to provide additional format-specific information through optional APIs (as an example, an optional API is provided to retrieve SFNT tables from TrueType and OpenType fonts).
В· FreeType 2 provides its own caching subsystem since release 2.0.1. It can be used to cache either face instances or glyph images efficiently.
System Requirements:C and C++
Program Release Status: Major Update
Program Install Support: Install Only