Re: Pango & printing?

The problem with all font conversions that take place before the 
rasterization is that it either looses all hinting, or the hinting
gets converted with various level of success. Assuming that the
authors of the true-type font did proper hinting down to the last
pixel, you will not get that kind of rasterization if you first
convert the font to either Type1 or Type3. But on the other hand,
I  don't think there exist any postscript printers that work at
below 300 DPI. For lower resolution printers ghostscript is usually
used, which supports Type42 fonts. The only problem seems to be
epsf files where you don't know which RIP will be used. But for
them you can probably get away with type3 files.


On Thu, Jul 04, 2002 at 08:10:28PM +0200, Joaquín Cuenca Abela wrote:
> On Thu, 2002-07-04 at 07:06, Dov Grobgeld wrote:
> > I was just thinking... Of course it is crazy, but still perhaps someone
> > did it. Does there exist a version of a TrueType renderer written in
> > PostScript? I.e. if the underlying PostScript RIP did not support
> > Type42 fonts, then the fonts would be converted to bitmapped Type3
> > fonts by interpreting the Type42 font in the printer itself.
> > 
> > This would solve the problem of always being able to include TrueType
> > fonts.
> If that's the only problem to solve, why not just convert the truetype
> fonts to something else that the printer can understand?  There are code
> in the wild to do tt -> type1 conversions, and tt -> type3, so anyway
> you don't need to use Type42 if compatibility with old ps printers is an
> issue.
> Cheers,
> -- 
> Joaquín Cuenca Abela
> cuenca pacaterie u-psud fr

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