Related Tools

  • BDF editors
    • gbdfed – bdf editor Formerly called xmbdfed
    • gfe – GNU font editor. Eventually supposed to support other formats
    • fstobdf – Part of the X distribution, reads a font from the server and generates a bdf file from it.
  • PostScript/ttf font editors
  • MetaFont – Knuth’s font generation which produces bitmaps from a program based on splines (& other TeX utilities)
    • (available with the TeX package)
    • MetaPost, Uses the metafont language to produce PostScript pictures.
    • MetaType1, Which attempts to generate a type1 font directly from the metafont splines (I think)
    • MetaFog – Part of TrueTeX (proprietary) another mf->outline converter.
    • TeXTrace, generates pfb fonts from TeX fonts by rasterizing at high res and then autotracing them
    • mftops, similar
    • mftrace, traces pk fonts (bitmap images) and creates pfb/pfa files. (formerly called pktrace)
  • PostScript utilities
    • gfontview – displays a postscript/ttf font
    • gglyph – another font displayer
    • t1utils – Type 1 utility programs & multiple master utilities
    • Type1inst – helps to install type 1 fonts under X and ghostscript
    • ttf2pt1 – Converts truetype to type1 postscript fonts and generates hints
    • ttftot42 – Converts truetype to type42 postscript fonts.
    • type1fix – (part of the TeXtrace package). Used to make some Type1 fonts work with ATM.
    • my stuff– Type 1 decoders and converters. True Type & open type decoder.
  • TrueType utilities
  • Other font creation tools
  • Font manipulation libraries
    • RoboFab – Font library for python
  • Rasterizers
  • Other font tools of mine
    • fondu – Unwraps fonts from mac resource files (this includes dfonts). Produces ttf, pfb and bdf files for ‘sfnt’, ‘POST’ and ‘NFNT’ resources
    • mensis – Allows the user much finer control over some truetype tables than is provided by FontForge.
    • fonttools/showttf – Dumps the contents of a truetype/opentype font. Does some error checking too.
    • fonttools/pcl2ttf – Reads a pcl file (to go to an HP printer) and extracts any truetype or bitmap fonts in it. (the bitmap fonts become bdf files, the truetype fonts become ttf files).
  • font organizers
  • Unicode Font Guide for Free/Libre Open Source Operating Systems
  • Other related links…

If you know of a tool you think should be on this list, please let me know (this is a public mailing list). I did my research a couple of years ago and expect it is out of date.