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[ft-devel] font file converter

From: Mark DeVries
Subject: [ft-devel] font file converter
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2005 11:25:59 -0400

I am looking for code I can incorporate into my product to convert OpenType font files to PostScript Type 1. These are the main requirements:

- At the very least, this should process OpenType (CFF-flavored, Type 1 outlines); OpenType CFF/CID is also important, and OpenType (TrueType) would be nice but not required. - When all is done, I want to have a Type 1 font file (.pfb or .pfa) and an AFM, including kerning information.
- This may be run on Windows, Solaris, AIX, or HP-UX -- for now.
- Since we would ship this with each copy of the product, solutions that cost hundreds of dollars per system are out of the question. - We cannot ship alternative development environments with the product, so solutions based on Python or Java are not acceptable. That seems to leave (1) compiled tools in C or C++ and (2) Perl scripts. (We *do* ship Perl and ghostscript with the product.)

I have some tools that use Perl and ghostscript to produce an AFM from .pfb or .pfa -- but need something to convert the OpenType into that format.

Is freetype2 an appropriate tool for the font conversion, or would it be overkill for this application?

Thanks in advance,

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