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Re: [Freetype] Best approach to get anti-aliased font bitmaps?

From: Vadim Plessky
Subject: Re: [Freetype] Best approach to get anti-aliased font bitmaps?
Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 13:35:24 +0400

On Tuesday 14 May 2002 02:55, Pedriana, Paul wrote:
|  We are using FreeType and it works fine with TrueType and
|  PostScript outlines. However, we would like to have some
|  bitmapped fonts that have anti-aliasing in the bitmaps
|  (so they look nice). What are the various approaches to
|  achieving this with FreeType?

I guess *right* approach it to use good _hinting_ (take existing font and 
manually hint it)
Any chance to take a look at fonts you want to *enhance*?
I am asking as it seems to me solution is more simple than grayscale bitmaps

|     - Does FreeType support anti-aliased bitmaps?
|     - Can we add anti-aliased bitmaps to TrueType or PostScript fonts?

Not sure about this.
PostScript was designed 20 years ago (aghhh..), TrueType - in late 80's - 
early 90's (say, 12 years ago)
Both displays and printers were rather limited at that time, and there was no 
need to add anti-aliased bitmaps to such fonts.

|     - Do any other font formats support anti-aliased bitmaps?

Probably, not.
AFAIK neither IKARUS nor Sun Folio formats support AA bitmaps (or bitmaps at 
AGFA Compugraphic Intellifont also doesn't support bitmaps.

Hope this helps!

|  Thanks, Paul


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