[IMAGE-SIG] Are there any font rasterizers supported by PIL?
Wed, 15 Oct 1997 21:43:54 +0300
Fred L. Drake wrote:
> Hannu Krosing writes:
> > Are there any font rasterizers supported by PIL?
> > I mean either Type1 (which could be lifted from the XFree font server)
> > or TrueType (using the freetype library)?
> There's a new TrueType rasterizer from the freetype project;
> information is available at
> http://www.physiol.med.tu-muenchen.de/~robert/freetype.html. The
> current state is labelled "beta", and I've not had a chance to look at
> it. It might be usable.
It is the one that inspired my question. Seems to very neat rasterizing,can
also do antialiased text (only diagonals, leaving horisontals and verticals
> There's a Type1 rasterizer calle T1Lib based in part on the X11 Type1
> rasterizer, which is currently at "0.3-beta". (Only a little farther
> along than PIL itself, if version numbers mean anything. ;) It looks
> pretty cool; I was just planning to work up a quick Python extension
> for it while my wife & kids are visiting her parents. We'll see if I
> actually get to it. Once done, I'll announce it to the Image-SIG for
> preliminary testing. Since it supports antialiased text, it might be
> good to have as a Canvas item type as well; maybe it should be a
> Tk-level extension?
I don't have enough time presently to promise to try the same with freetype,
even tho I'm eager to try. When and if I will try it, I will check your
syncronize the efforts.
Anyhow I advise you to take a look at the freetype API to make sure that
the implementations of both rasterizers should look alike from the users
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