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McGill University
Montreal, Canada
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Dieter Baron

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Printing TrueType fonts in Unix

Nice technical discussion by Juliusz Chroboczek. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Explanations on the conversion of a truetype to a postscript (type 42) font IF you have UNIX and IF ghostscript (gs) is installed:

  • Take the script ttf2pf.ps here, and correct/replace the capital names/files by their lower case counterparts: GS_TTF.PS => gs_ttf.ps, PF2AFM.PS => pf2afm.ps.
  • Start the (UNIX) command "gs -q -dNODISPLAY -- ttf2pf.ps myfont.ttf myfont.pfa myfont.afm" (replace "myfont" by the appropriate name of course). The command requires ghostscript ("gs").
  • This leaves the postscript font myfont.pfa and the metrics file myfont.afm.
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Thomas H. Barton

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TrueType to type 42 font converter written by Christophe Labouisse. It is a PostScript program that makes TrueType fonts useful in PostScript programs that are printed on printers with type 42 support. Hints are untouched. The program does not yet process /Metrics, /Metrics2 and /CDevProc. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Thomas H. Barton]

Ghostscript-based program written in 2002 by by Thomas H. Barton for creating a PostScript Type 42 font file from a TrueType font file. The included C program ShowAllGlyphs creates a PostScript program which shows all the glyphs defined by the font. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Postscript program that wraps a TTF font into a type 42 PostScript font, and writes an AFM file as well. Free utility by Staszek Wawrykiewicz. In the file itself though, it says that the program is by Boguslaw Jackowski. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Utility for wrapping truetype fonts and making them into type 42 fonts. Code written by J. Chroboczek. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Dieter Baron]

Free TrueType to type 42 converter, a program to facilitate using TrueType fonts on PostScript interpreters with TrueType rasterizer. Makes AFM and type 1 font files from truetype font files. You need the FreeType library to compile and use it. By Dieter Baron. Dates from 1999. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Type 42

A Type 42 font is a postscript font that wraps around a TrueType font. It is superficially similar to other PostScript fonts, and the conversion is therefore lossless. All recent versions (post 1999) of PostScript (starting with Adobe Postscript 2013) know how to deal with such fonts. My postscript printer and all post-1999 postscript printers should have no problem with them. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Type 42 specs

Specs at Adobe of type 42, a truetype font wrapper to make fonts useful in a postscript world. [Google] [More]  ⦿