Update 8th March 2013
A big thank you to all donors so far! Due to full-time work on a FreeType development project I have to delay my work on ttfautohint. I expect that I will be back in about two months, so please stay tuned.
Meanwhile, I’m releasing version 0.95 which contains only minor improvements.
Update 28th November 2012
I am starting a new funding drive for 2013 to continue the development of this project, and raised the target to $70,000. Dave Crossland has reworked the promotional video above with Andy Ellis – thank you!
And, BTW, I’ve just released version 0.94.
Update 7th June 2012
After a long hiatus due to personal reasons, followed by intensive work on the documentation, I’m happy to release version 0.9.
I’m also happy to thank Christian Anderson, from Google’s Android team, for another very generous donation.
Update 6th April 2012
Thanks to a very generous donation from Extensis WebINK, the $30,000 target has been reached! I still can’t believe that my small, innocent tool gets so much attention, and I’m very happy about this.
Version 0.8 has been released two weeks ago, and I will publish another development version in the end of April. Everything’s going well currently, and I expect version 1.0 within a few months. Thanks again to all of you!
Update 15th February 2012
About a week ago I’ve released version 0.7 which comes with a GUI! The Qt framework is used to provide a uniform interface for all supported platforms.
There is still a lot to do. More contributions will help me improve both the hinting quality and the GUI so that ttfautohint becomes more powerful.
A static Windows binary is available here. If you want to have better installation support (including a package for Mac), please donate!
Update 9th November 2011
The Google Web Fonts has contributed an additional $3,000! I have now raised two thirds of my goal!
I hope other corporate font developers, especially those with large font catalogs, who will benefit substantially from this work, will consider making a contribution of a thousand dollars.
I have just released version 0.5, including a Windows binary. You can read the project roadmap here.
Update 18th October 2011
In September we have raised over $2,000 from the public, $7,000 each from Google and FontLab, together with a copy of FontLab 5, and received from Microsoft the Visual TrueType file format specification. This will allow designers to refine ttfautohint’s results further using VTT, if I reach my $30,000 goal!
The collected money so far enables me to intensively work on ttfautohint for the next three months. The two main issues I’m going to handle are
fixing the bytecode to make it work reliably with Apple’s TrueType engine (I’ve already started with that, and I estimate to provide a new release in about two weeks)
writing a GUI for easier control
In case you have special wishes, now it’s the right time to tell me! Please look into the TODO file and check whether your idea is already covered!
ttfautohint brings the excellent quality of FreeType to fonts on platforms which don’t use it, like Microsoft Windows.
Hinting can be a slow and expensive process, and many fonts lack good hinting. So that all web fonts can look great, everywhere, I am making this tool to insert FreeType autohinting back inside TrueType fonts.
If you care about web typography, please support me.
You can learn more at http://www.freetype.org/ttfautohint
(Thanks to Dave Crossland and Andy Ellis for writing and producing the promotional video!)