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[ft-announce] FreeType 2.3.12 has been released

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: [ft-announce] FreeType 2.3.12 has been released
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2010 09:15:43 +0100 (CET)

FreeType 2.3.12 has been released.

It is available from


The latter site also holds older versions of the FreeType library.

See below  for the  relevant snippet  from the  CHANGES file; users of
version 2.3.11 should upgrade.




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) of most vector and bitmap
font formats.

Note that  FreeType 2 is  a font service  and doesn't provide  APIs to
perform higher-level features, like text layout or graphics processing
(e.g.,  colored  text  rendering,  `hollowing',  etc.).   However,  it
greatly simplifies these tasks by providing a simple, easy to use, and
uniform interface to access the content of font files.

FreeType  2  is  released  under  two open-source  licenses:  our  own
BSD-like FreeType  License and the  GPL.  It can  thus be used  by any
kind of projects, be they proprietary or not.


CHANGES BETWEEN 2.3.11 and 2.3.12


    - For  `FT_Open_Face',  new  parameters  are  available  to ignore
      preferred family names: FT_PARAM_TAG_IGNORE_PREFERRED_FAMILY and


    - Support  for  incremental  font  loading  (controlled  with  the
      FT_CONFIG_OPTION_INCREMENTAL macro) is now active by default.

    - Better support for vertical metrics.

    - Various minor bug fixes.

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