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[ft-announce] FreeType 2.4.5 has been released


From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: [ft-announce] FreeType 2.4.5 has been released
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2011 09:20:26 +0200 (CEST)

FreeType 2.4.5 has been released.

It is available from

    http://savannah.nongnu.org/download/freetype/

or

    http://sourceforge.net/project/freetype/files/

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

See below  for the  relevant snippet  from the  CHANGES file; users of
version 2.4.4 should upgrade.

Enjoy!


   Werner


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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.


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CHANGES BETWEEN 2.4.4 and 2.4.5

  I. IMPORTANT BUG FIXES

    - A rendering regression  for second-order B├ęzier curves  has been
      fixed, introduced in 2.4.3.


  II. IMPORTANT CHANGES

    - If autohinting  is not  explicitly disabled,  FreeType now  uses
      the autohinter if  a TrueType based font doesn't  contain native
      hints.

    - The load flag FT_LOAD_IGNORE_GLOBAL_ADVANCE_WIDTH  has been made
      redundant and  is simply ignored;  this means that FreeType  now
      ignores the global advance width value in TrueType fonts.


  III. MISCELLANEOUS

    - `FT_Sfnt_Table_Info' can now return the number of SFNT tables of
      a font.

    - Support for PCF files compressed with bzip2 has been contributed
      by Joel  Klinghed.  To  make this  work, the  OS must  provide a
      bzip2 library.

    - Bradley  Grainger  contributed  project  and  solution  files in
      Visual Studio 2010 format.

    - Again some fixes to better handle broken fonts.

    - Some improvements to the B/W rasterizer.

    - Fixes to the cache module to improve robustness.

    - Just  Fill Bugs contributed (experimental) code to compute  blue
      zones for CJK Ideographs, improving the alignment of  horizontal
      stems at the top or bottom edges.

    - The `ftgrid' demo program  can now display  autohinter segments,
      to be toggled on and off with key `s'.



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