Select your PDF and a "Pick a font" window will open. Select the font you want to extract and click OK. A window with a display of the font will show up. It's not quite ready to turn into a TTF yet.
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Also lets you convert one format to another. FontForge has support for many macintosh font formats. This website itself has been translated into Japanese and the tutorial into traditional Chinese and German.
Known Bugs Reporting Bugs How else you can help Acknowledgements Font File Formats standards Unicode Books Companion programs sfddiff man page acorn2sfd man page random font utilities Related tools Open Source Font development efforts I have no one to do QA for me except users on the net, so this is essentially and eternally beta software.
Expect to find bugs. Please let me know when you do this is a public mailing list. The name of the author may not be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission. This is essentially the " revised BSD license ". Mailing Lists There are currently three mailing lists established for FontForge. You may not post to a list until you have subscribed sorry about that, but we were getting too much spam. Caveat: Posting to these mailing lists exposes your email address.
And probably has some bugs. Be prepared to save frequently and consider working on a copy of the original. No attempt has been made to be efficient. Many type 3 fonts will not be read in correctly Importing a type0 font loses the encoding. FontForge only imports simple type0 fonts such as those made by itself , will get confused if there's more than one font with a chars dictionary.
Bugs O, don't the days seem lank and long When all goes right and nothing goes wrong, And isn't your life extremely flat With nothing whatever to grumble at! Minor bugs get reported to me and are generally fixed within a week and rarely appear on this list.
Some truetype fonts kaiu and mingliu do not store the correct outline. Instead they rely on using the instructions to move points around to generate the outline. The outline does not appear to be grid-fit at all, just positioned. FontForge does not apply the instructions when loading. In most fonts this would be the wrong thing to do, and I don't know how I could tell when it needs to be done I don't see a way around this at the moment.
Just reencode them as unicode and all should be well. I'm told AutoKern doesn't work too well. I may have fixed this, but I'm not sure FontForge is confused by small splines, on the order of one em unit. If you need something that small, scale the font up by a factor of 2 or more including the ascent and descent. There is a fundamental problem when importing a type3 font or an eps file.
In an most postscript programs each contour is stroked or filled individually, but in a type1 character, all contours are filled together. This can lead to unexpected side-effects if contours overlap. I think this is a bug in the XServer on linux it doesn't happen on other systems but I have not examined it closely.
Under gnome mnemonics in menus don't work. Personally I consider this a bug in gnome. Under gnome, docked palettes don't work the first time. Some commands don't work well in extreme conditions. Reporting bugs I'm sure you'll find some. If you can isolate it and come up with a reproducible minimal case, that would be great. If your executable has symbols in it, you could run it in gdb and get a stack trace Give me a test case if possible. Do what you can. Please post bugs to: fontforge-devel lists.
My writing leaves much to be desired. Anyone who can make my documentation more readable is encouraged to do so. This could also be translated into other languages and would be a simpler job than trying to translate the entire website.
The html has been translated into German and Chinese. The UI can be translated into different languages. FontForge now uses gnu gettext. See the section on translation notes for more info. This needs to be updated! Last update Apr Michal Nowakowski is constantly updating the Polish translation.
Last update Sept Apostolos Syropoulos is working on a Greek translation Last update Apr Any other language additions would be great the entire UI does not need to be translated, any subset is a help , if you are interested see the translation notes here. Different font formats FontForge supports Type1, truetype, opentype, cff, type42, cid-keyed and svg fonts, also bdf and NFNT for bitmaps FontForge will sort-of accept metafont files essentially it runs metafont and autotraces the result.
It won't produce. But there are other formats out there that I can't find descriptions of or don't think are worth supporting Can you point me at documentation for other standards Can you explain why that format is useful? There are certain c ommands which don't work very well and if someone else wanted to they might code them better than I References I'd like to provide a reasonable bibliography, please suggest some good relevant books.
Are there any other programs or websites that I should be mentioning? Tests I've have a very simplistic testsuite -- more to weed out crashes in the underlying engine, than to make sure it produces the right results. If anyone has a better idea for an automated suite, or would like to contribute tests to the current stuff, please let me know. QA I don't.
I find QA boring, and since no one is paying me for this I don't do very much I generally run it past my testsuite from time to time. This is obviously a problem. If anyone or several anyones wants to undertake to do QA for me I'd be delighted this is a public mailing list. Printing tests I'm always on the look out for short copyright free texts for printing.
I'm looking for samples from languages I don't have anything on, or in styles that I don't have. I'm also interested in phrases equivalent to "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. These are short sentences which use every letter in the script. Indic information Indic languages have a series of special ligature features in opentype. I believe that FontForge could probably generate some of these by default but I don't know enough to say which.
The following people have helped debug fontforge. Many thanks! Panov Edward G. Also he came up with the name "FontForge". My father inspired a general interest in typography though he is interested in renaissance printing techniques rather than computers. And finally I owe thanks to Linda Dozier, David Cole and everyone at NaviSoft which company has given me the free time to write this program. Eventually supposed to support other formats fstobdf -- Part of the X distribution, reads a font from the server and generates a bdf file from it.
Used to make some Type1 fonts work with ATM. TrueType utilities Rogier C van Dalen has written a set of utilities for viewing and hinting truetype fonts Peter Baker has a programming language called xgridfit for hinting truetype fonts. It is also available bundled with his junicode font. Xgridfit aims to releve some of the tedium of instructng fonts by provding such amenities as named points, control values, variables and functions, high-level programmng structure, and automatic management of stack and reference points.
Does some error checking too. If you know of a tool you think should be on this list, please let me know this is a public mailing list. I did my research a couple of years ago and expect it is out of date.
Linux Libertine -- A replacement for the Times font family Open Font Library -- Collecting public domain fonts in one place for easy use. O, don't the days seem lank and long When all goes right and nothing goes wrong, And isn't your life extremely flat With nothing whatever to grumble at!
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