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[ft-devel] ttfautohint 0.9 has been released

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: [ft-devel] ttfautohint 0.9 has been released
Date: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 09:14:14 +0200 (CEST)

ttfautohint 0.9 has been released.

The source tarball, statically-linked binaries for Win32 (TTY and GUI) and
OS X (TTY only) are available from




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This project provides a library which takes a TrueType font as the input,
remove its bytecode instructions (if any), and return a new font where all
glyphs are bytecode hinted using the information given by FreeType's
autohinting module.  The idea is to provide the excellent quality of the
autohinter on platforms which don't use FreeType.

The library has a single API function, `TTF_autohint'; see
`lib/ttfautohint.h' for a detailed description.  Note that the library
itself won't get installed currently.

A command-line interface to the library is the `ttfautohint' program; after
compilation and installation, say

  ttfautohint --help

for usage information, or say

  man ttfautohint

to read its manual page.

A GUI to the library is `ttfautohintGUI'; it uses the Qt4 framework.  The
compilation of this application can be disabled with the `--without-qt'
configuration option.


New in 0.9:

* The created bytecode has been reduced in size, making it approx. 20%

* New option `--symbol' to use standard stem height and width values instead
  of using character `o' (which may be missing).  Use this option for symbol
  fonts or math glyphs.

* More documentation (in text, HTML, and PDF format).  It's still
  incomplete, though.

* Option `--ignore-permissions' has been renamed to `--ignore-restrictions'. 
  The short form is still `-i'.

* Defaults for various parameters have been set to more sensible values:

    hinting-range-max: 50 (was 1000)
    hinting-limit: 200 (was 1000)

* Option `--increase-x-height' now has a mandatory argument (in the range
  6-20 or value 0 to disable it, default value is 14).

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