[Image-SIG] Re: PIL-compatible fonts -- 200dpi, 250dpi, 300dpi, ...and beyond
Sat, 15 Apr 2000 09:57:19 -0700
Actually, a week or two ago, Joerg Baumann posted a patch for PIL that
allowed you to use the FreeType2 engine to render fonts into PIL format
on-the-fly. This, I see as the perfect solution, once FreeType2 is
buildable on all major platforms.
Fred: is there any problem building that patch into PIL, with whatever
modifications necessary to allow you to load the FreeType2 library from a
configurable directory (or maybe just somewhere on the system path or
Currently, that library is only supported on Linux, although I havent tried
building it myself.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Randall Hopper" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "kcazabon" <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, April 15, 2000 6:36 AM
Subject: Re: PIL-compatible fonts -- 200dpi, 250dpi, 300dpi, ...and beyond
> Ok. Makes sense.
> You know I was thinking last night. XFree86 (the X distribution that's
> provided with FreeBSD, Linux, etc.) now provides true-type-capable X
> servers that'll use TrueType font files directly.
> With these X servers, you can use TTFs just as you can conventional X
> fonts. For example, I use the Verdana TTF in Netscape under FreeBSD for
> web browsing.
> Since with X you can render fonts into off-screen pixmaps, I wonder if
> anyone has built (or has thought of building) a Python-/PIL- back-end to
> interface with the standard X font API?
> ...or maybe this is already supported. (I'm just now starting to use PIL,
> so I don't know.)
> Thanks again for the TTF conversions, Kevin.
> Randall Hopper
> |The script to convert BDF files to PIL format is available in the
> |distribution (PilFont.py). I modified it a bit to automate it for my
> |purposes though. The 'real' trick was getting all my fonts into BDF
> |To do that, I purchased a program called "FonMaker" that converts
> |fonts (Type 1 and TT) to BDF. It's $99 USD, available at
> |http://www.fontlab.com. I have a HUGE library of Windows fonts, but
> |converting them will just take too much space.
> |Randall Hopper:
> |> Some of these are pretty large files. Rather than archive them, would
> |> care to share your script so that they could be generated on the fly?
> |> is that something you'd rather not do.
> |> kcazabon:
> |> |Piers Lauder was kind enough to provide FTP space for the packages I
> |> |created. They're available at:
> |> |
> |> |http://www.cs.usyd.edu.au/~piers/python/pilfonts.html