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Re: Alternative music font

From: Jan Nieuwenhuizen
Subject: Re: Alternative music font
Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2009 19:51:54 +0200

Op dinsdag 20-10-2009 om 14:58 uur [tijdzone +0100], schreef Simon
> Jan Nieuwenhuizen <address@hidden> wrote:

> I generate trivial Postscript describing
> a lot of overlapping nib shapes moving round the curves, call
> Ghostscript to render to a bitmap

Ah, I see.

> Ghostscript is the major consumer of CPU time in this process

If that is so, would it be feasible (and would it help?) to have
ghostscript render multiple glyphs in one go?  Is forking/startup
time a factor?

> I've half thought out a much more ambitious approach that doesn't go
> through a physical bitmap at any point (and hence ought to improve
> the quality of the output outlines too, due to losing the resolution
> bottleneck), but I haven't yet worked out whether it's too ambitious
> to be feasible, or indeed too ambitious for me to have time to try
> it :-)

It seems to me that your approach could me more attractive than
using metafont/metapost.  What is the reason you did not use
plain metapost input?


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