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FontForge

FontForge

FontForge (previously known as Pfaedit) is an open source font editor, software designed to create and modify outline and bitmap fonts.

FontForge is also a font format converter, and can convert among PostScript (ASCII & binary Type 1, some Type 3s, some Type 0s), TrueType, and OpenType (Type2), CID-keyed, SVG, CFF and multiple-master fonts.

FontForge uses FreeType for rendering fonts on screen. Fonts that have been created with FontForge include DejaVu fonts, Linux Libertine, Beteckna, and Asana-Math.

Also included with FontForge are programs to generate a font thumbnail image, check for certain common errors and to compare two font files (fontimage, fontlint, and sfddiff respectively).

 FontForge

Price
Free to download

Size
6.4MB
License

Revised BSD Liceense

Developer
George Williams

Website
fontforge.sourceforge.net

System Requirements

Optional:
libpng
libtiff
libungif
libjpeg
libxml2
libspiro
libuninameslist
libiconv
freetype
libintl
libpython
libX
libcairo
libpango
Potrace
Autotrace

Support:
Documentation, FAQ, Tutorial, Wiki, SourceForge Project Page, Mailing Lists, Open Font Library

Selected Reviews:
Oliver Ker

Features include:

  • Create or edit glyphs
  • Supports many font formats, including TrueType, PostScript, OpenType, SVG, FON, FNT, Web Open Font Format, and TeX Bitmap fonts
  • Supports Adobe's OpenType feature file specification
  • Supports the unofficial Microsoft mathematical typesetting extensions (MATH table)
  • Convert fonts from one format to another, or can store fonts in its native text-based "spline font database" format (.sfd)
  • Uses Potrace or AutoTrace to trace bitmap images and import them into a font
  • 2 scripting languages
  • Internationalization support: (English), Russian, Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, Vietnamese, Greek, Simplified & Traditional Chinese, German, Polish, and Ukrainian

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