Wrapper around FreeType 2 library. Relevant exerpts from the FreeType 2 website: What is FreeType 2? FreeType 2 is a software font engine that is designed to be small, efficient, highly customizable, and portable while capable of producing high-quality output (glyph images). It can be used in graphics libraries, display servers, font conversion tools, text image generation tools, and many other products as well. The following is a non-exhaustive list of features provided by FreeType 2. FreeType 2 provides a simple and easy-to-use API to access font content in a uniform way, independently of the file format. Additionally, some format-specific APIs can be used to access special data in the font file. Unlike most comparable libraries, FreeType 2 supports scalable font formats like TrueType or Type 1 natively and can return the outline data (and control instructions/hints) to client applications. By default, FreeType 2 supports the following font formats. TrueType fonts (and collections) Type 1 fonts CID-keyed Type 1 fonts CFF fonts OpenType fonts (both TrueType and CFF variants) SFNT-based bitmap fonts X11 PCF fonts Windows FNT fonts BDF fonts (including anti-aliased ones) PFR fonts Type 42 fonts (limited support) From a given glyph outline, FreeType 2 is capable of producing a high-quality monochrome bitmap, or anti-aliased pixmap, using 256 levels of gray. This is much better than the 5 levels used by Windows 9x/98/NT/2000 or FreeType 1. FreeType 2 supports all the character mappings defined by the TrueType and OpenType specification. It is also capable of automatically synthetizing a Unicode charmap from Type 1 fonts, which puts an end to the painful 'encoding translation' headache common with this format (of course, original encodings are also available in the case where you need them). The FreeType 2 core API provides simple functions to access advanced information like glyph names or kerning data. FreeType 2 provides information that is often not available from other similar font engines, like kerning distances, glyph names, vertical metrics, etc. FreeType 2 provides its own caching subsystem since release 2.0.1. It can be used to cache either face instances or glyph images efficiently.
cabal install freetype2-0.1.2
Special notes to Unix users =========================== Please read the file `docs/UPGRADE.UNIX'. It contains important information regarding the installation of FreeType on Unix systems, especially GNU based operating systems like GNU/Linux. FreeType 2's library is called `libfreetype', FreeType 1's library is called `libttf'. They are *not* compatible! FreeType 2.4.4 ============== Please read the docs/CHANGES file, it contains IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Read the files `docs/INSTALL' for installation instructions. The FreeType 2 API reference is located in `docs/reference'; use the file `ft2-doc.html' as the top entry point. Additional documentation is available as a separate package from our sites. Go to http://download.savannah.gnu.org/releases/freetype/ and download one of the following files. freetype-doc-2.4.4.tar.bz2 freetype-doc-2.4.4.tar.gz ftdoc244.zip Bugs ==== Please report bugs by e-mail to `firstname.lastname@example.org'. Don't forget to send a detailed explanation of the problem -- there is nothing worse than receiving a terse message that only says `it doesn't work'. Alternatively, you may submit a bug report at https://savannah.nongnu.org/bugs/?group=freetype Enjoy! The FreeType Team ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Copyright 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 by David Turner, Robert Wilhelm, and Werner Lemberg. This file is part of the FreeType project, and may only be used, modified, and distributed under the terms of the FreeType project license, LICENSE.TXT. By continuing to use, modify, or distribute this file you indicate that you have read the license and understand and accept it fully. --- end of README ---