A computer font is implemented as a digital data file containing a set of graphically related glyphs. A computer font is designed and created using a font editor.
Most computer fonts are in either bitmap or outline data formats. Bitmap fonts consist of a matrix of dots or pixels representing the image of each glyph in each face and size. Outline or vector fonts use Bézier curves, drawing instructions and mathematical formulae to describe each glyph, which make the character outlines scalable to any size.
Linux users may not have a plethora of fonts, but there are many lovely and usable fonts. Different Linux fonts are supplied with different Linux distros. What you may need is an efficient way to manage your fonts. Step forward a dedicated font manager utility.
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Let’s explore the font managers. For each application we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot, together with links to relevant resources.
|Simple tool suitable for the needs of most desktop users
|Featureful personal font manager; keep your font collection in order
|Utility that enables users to find, view and manage font files of all kinds
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