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[ft] FreeType 2.4.0 has been released

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: [ft] FreeType 2.4.0 has been released
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 22:50:00 +0200 (CEST)

FreeType 2.4.0 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 2.3.12 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 2.3.12 and 2.4.0


    - Since May  2010, all  patents  regarding  the TrueType  bytecode
      interpreter have expired worldwide.  Consequently, we now define
      TT_CONFIG_OPTION_BYTECODE_INTERPRETER by  default (and  undefine

    - A new function `FT_Library_SetLcdFilterWeights' is available  to
      adjust the filter weights set by `FT_Library_SetLcdFilter'.


    - Thanks to many reports from Robert Święcki, FreeType's stability
      in handling broken or damaged fonts is much improved.

    - Support  for LCD  filter  control has  been  added to  the  demo
      programs `ftdiff' and `ftview'.

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