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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


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.




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 2.4.4 and 2.4.5


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


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

    - 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.


    - `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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