FreeType Improvements For The Adobe Engine
Written by Michael Larabel in Desktop on 25 September 2017 at 08:44 AM EDT. 19 Comments
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With FreeType 2.8.1 having been released last week, a lot of new code landed in the early hours of today to its Git repository.

The code landed includes the work done this summer by Ewald Hew for Google Summer of Code (GSoC 17) adding support for Type 1 fonts to the Adobe CFF engine. Type 1 is an older, less maintained font format.

What appears to be most notable from the nearly 50 commits pushed to FreeType today so far is switching over the default hinting engine from FreeType to the Adobe engine, and as part of that using the engine with various improvements that just landed.

In 2013 is when Adobe had contributed their CFF rasterizer to FreeType.

For those more into fonts / FreeType, you can see all of the commits today via FreeType2.git.

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