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[ft] FreeType 2.4.4 has been released

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: [ft] FreeType 2.4.4 has been released
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 2010 13:32:06 +0100 (CET)

FreeType 2.4.4 has been released.

All users should upgrade.

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.




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 2.4.3 and 2.4.4


    - UVS support (TrueType/OpenType cmap format 14) support is fixed.
      This regression has been introduced in version 2.4.0.


    - Detect tricky fonts (e.g. MingLiU)  by the lengths and checksums
      of Type42-persistent subtables (`cvt ', `fpgm', and `prep') when
      a TrueType font without family name is given.  The previous fix,
      introduced in 2.4.3,  was too rigorous,  causing many  subsetted
      fonts (mainly  from PDF files) displayed badly  because FreeType
      forced  rendering with  the TrueType bytecode engine  instead of
      the autohinter.

    - Better support for 64bit platforms.

    - More fixes to improve handling of broken fonts.

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