TypeCon 2016 Program Summary:
Hinting TrueType fonts can be a slow and expensive process, especially for multiscript projects with 1,000s of glyphs, but it is required by Windows. Sadly, many TTFs completely lack hinting after a simple conversion from OTF. TTFAutohint provides reasonable quality hinting in an instant, and sets a foundation for hand adjusting for ultimate hinting quality.
In 2010 Dave Crossland suggested to Werner Lemberg, the primary developer of FreeType, the idea of extending FreeType’s rendering system into a TTF autohinter, so that all fonts could look good on Windows.
Werner made a prototype that had promising results, and he since raised over $100,000 from individual professional type designers and with support from Adobe, Microsoft, Google, Extensis WebInk (RIP), FontLab, RoboFont and Glyphs.
In this session you will see the quality of hinting that TTFAutohint can produce for various scripts, learn tips on using it with your favorite font editor, and hear about the project’s future.
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