, originally developed by Péter Szabó, is a
bundle of Unix scripts that use Martin Weber’s freeware boundary
generate Type 1 outline fonts from Metafont bitmap
font outputs. The result is unlikely ever to be of the quality of
the commercially-produced Type 1 font, but there’s always the
editor to tidy things. Whatever, there
remain fonts which many people find useful and which fail to attract
the paid experts, and auto-tracing is providing a useful service here.
Notable sets of
fonts generated using TeXtrace
are Péter Szabó’s own
EC/TC font set tt2001
and Vladimir Volovich’s
CM-Super set, which covers the EC, TC, and the
Cyrillic LH font sets (for details of both of which sets, see
“8-bit” type 1 fonts
Another system, which arrived slightly later, is
this is a small Python
program that does the same job.
may use either autotrace
) or Peter Selinger’s
the initial outlines to process. Mftrace
is said to be
more flexible, and easier to use, than is TeXtrace
, but both systems
are increasingly being used to provide Type 1 fonts to the public domain.
system aims to use Metafont font sources, by way
of MetaPost and a bunch of scripts and so on, to produce high-quality
Type 1 fonts. The first results, the
Latin Modern fonts
, are now
well-established, and a bunch of existing designs have been reworked
in MetaType1 format.
is another translator of Metafont font sources by way of
MetaPost; in addition,
available) to auto-hint the result of its conversion.
is also written in perl
This is FAQ version 3.26, released on 2013-02-25.