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FONTFORGE(1)									     FONTFORGE(1)

       fontforge - create and modify PostScript, TrueType and SVG fonts

       fontforge [-c string] [-cmap maptype] [-depth pixeld] [-display str] [-lang=ff] [-lang=py]
       [-last] [-library-status] [-help] [-keyboard ktype]  [-new]  [-nosplash]  [-recover  mode]
       [-script file] [-sync] [-usage] [-vc vclass] [-version] fontfile ...

       The  program  fontforge allows you to create and modify font files, accepting input in the
       following formats (with associated file extensions appearing in parentheses):

       Glyph Bitmap Distribution (.bdf)

       Macintosh resource fonts (.dfont, .bin, .hqx)

       OpenType (.otf)

       fontforge spline font database (.sfd)

       POSTSCRIPT, which includes:

	      ASCII format (.pfa)

	      Binary format (.pfb)

	      CID-keyed fonts, Adobe convention used primarily for Asian characters (.cid, .otf)

	      POSTSCRIPT Type 0 (.ps)

	      POSTSCRIPT Type 3 (.ps)

       Scaleable vector graphics fonts (.svg)

       TeX bitmap (.pk)

       TrueType (.ttf, .ttc)

       X11 bitmap (.pcf)

       If the argument list contains a font file name (or several), fontforge  opens  a  fontview
       window  for  each  font	displaying  the  characters  of the that font.	In the absence of
       options or arguments, the program opens a file-picker window, allowing you to browse  your
       disk to find a font file, or create a new one.

       This manual page is intended only as a rudimentary overview; see the HTML Users Manual for
       more complete information.

       -c string
	      Must be the first argument. Executes "string" as a set of scripting commands.   Any
	      additional arguments will be passed to the script.

       -cmap maptype
	      Employ  the  specified method to control 8-bit colormaps, where maptype assumes one
	      of these three values:

		     Attempt to allocate colors in the current (shared)  colormap.   The  program
		     will likely not find everything it requires.

	      copy   Allocate  what can be allocated, then copy the current colormap; it can thus
		     make use of cells other programs are using.

		     Create a new colormap and fill it with the required colors.

       -depth pixeld
	      Attempt to employ a visual that matches the specified pixel depth, pixeld.

       -display str
	      Employ the X display specified by the string str (for example: localhost:0).

       -help  Display the usage description and start a web client displaying the online documen-

       -keyboard ktype
	      Alter the displayed menus to employ modifier keys appropriate to the specified key-
	      board type, where ktype assumes one of the following four values:

	      ibm    IBM PC type keyboard.

	      mac    Apple Macintosh keyboard.

	      sun    Sun workstation keyboard.

	      ppc    Macintosh keyboard, but on a system running SuSe linux (the mappings  differ
		     from those used under MacOS X).

       -last  Opens  whatever  font you last edited with fontforge.  If you specify n -last font-
	      forge will open the last n fonts.

	      Interpret the script with the fontforge interpreter.

	      Interpret the script with the python interpreter.

	      Prints information about optional libraries.

       -new   Create a new font with the ISO 8859-1 encoding (the international encoding standard
	      for western Europe, and the standard for most X fonts).

	      Suppress display of the splash screen.

       -recover mode
	      Control  the  crash recovery mechanism (helpful if crash recovery causes problems),
	      where mode takes on one of three allowed settings:

	      auto   perform automatic recovery (default) if the program  crashed  before  saving

	      clean  Delete recovery information.

	      none   Suppress crash recovery.

       -script file
	      Execute  the  script  named  file.   Does not open the X display.  This must be the
	      first argument passed to fontforge. Any other arguments are handled by the  script-
	      file  itself.   Any other command line arguments will be passed to the script.  The
	      program contains a command interpreter which allows access to most but not  all  of
	      its  interactive	features.   If	a scriptfile is executable, and if its first line
	      contains the string "fontforge", then the argument -script  may  be  omitted.  This
	      means that fontforge can be used as an interpreter.

       -sync  Make X synchronous.  Used primarily for debugging, this option slows X down.

       -usage Display the usage description.

       -vc vclass
	      Attempt  to  use	a  visual that matches the class, vclass, specified as either the
	      name of a visual class or an integer enumerating a visual class.

	      Display the current version (a six digit string containing the date  stamp  of  the
	      source files).

       If any of the following environment variables exist, they are used:

	      Specifies the name of a browser program for examining documentation.

	      Specifies  the location of the autotrace program (usually FontForge can figure this
	      out without help, but not always).

       MF     Specifies the location of the metafont program.

	      Turns on verbose mode in scripting. Each statement is printed as it is executed.

	      crash recovery directory

	      translations for the user interface

	      optional location for online documentation.

	      "encoding"  files   for	Adobe's   cid	formats   from	 http://fontforge.source-


       The HTML version of the fontforge manual, available online at:


       fontforge used to be called pfaedit.

       Copyright  (C) 2000-2007 by George Williams (gww@silcom.com).  Original manual page by Tom
       Harvey, subsequently modified by George Williams.  Heavily rewritten and modified  to  use
       standard -man (5) macros by R.P.C. Rodgers (rodgers@nlm.nih.gov), 23 October 2002.

       Undoubtedly many, but unknown and ever changing.  See

	      http://fontforge.sourceforge.net/#known-bugs for a current list.

					   2 March 2004 			     FONTFORGE(1)
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