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                         -=- FONTOOLS -=-

This package provides tools to simplify using OpenType fonts with LaTeX.

By far the most important program in this bundle is autoinst:

    AUTOINST - a wrapper script around Eddie Kohler's LCDF TypeTools.
        Autoinst aims to automate the installation of OpenType fonts in LaTeX
        by calling the LCDF TypeTools (with the correct options) for all fonts
        you wish to install, and generating the necessary .fd and .sty files.

In addition, this bundle contains a few other, less important utilities:

    AFM2AFM - re-encode .afm files

    OT2KPX - extract kerning pairs from OpenType fonts

    SPLITTTC - split an OpenType Collection file (ttc or otc) into
               individual fonts



    The Fontools are written in Perl; any remotely recent version should work.
    Perl is usually installed on Linux and Unix systems;
    for Windows, try ActivePerl (http://www.activestate.com)
    or Strawberry Perl (http://strawberryperl.com).

LCDF TypeTools
    Of course, Autoinst needs the LCDF TypeTools;
    they should be installed in a directory on your PATH.

    Automatically installing the fonts into a suitable TEXMF tree
    (as Autoinst does by default) requires a TeX-installation that uses
    the kpathsea library; with TeX distributions that implement their
    own directory searching (such as MiKTeX), Autoinst will complain that
    it cannot find the kpsewhich program and install all generated files
    into subdirectories of the current directory.

    If you use such a TeX distribution, either move these files to their
    destinations by hand, or use the -target command line option
    (please see the manual for more information).

When installing manually, the encoding files in the "share/" directory
should be moved to a "standard" location where otftotfm can find them.
What this location is depends on your TeX installation;
in TeXLive, it should be $TEXMFLOCAL/fonts/enc/dvips/fontools/ or,
if you don't have write permissions in $TEXMFLOCAL,

The scripts in the "bin/" directory should be placed in a directory
on your PATH (or else you have to call them with their full path name).

Of course, when using a package manager (such as tlmgr) to do
the installation, all files will automatically be put in the right


This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
See the GNU General Public License for more details.


This software is copyright (C) 2005-2019 Marc Penninga.
It is released under the terms of the GNU General Public Licence;
see the file GPLv2.txt for the license conditions.

Download the contents of this package in one zip archive (189.0k).

fontools – Tools to simplify using fonts (especially TT/OTF ones)

This package provides a few tools to ease using fonts (especially TrueType/OpenType ones) with and fontinst:

  • afm2afm – reencode .afm files; designed to replace fontinst’s \reencodefont for big .afm files;
  • autoinst – simplify the use of the LCDF TypeTools by creating a command file for otftotfm, plus .fd and .sty files; and
  • ot2kpx – extract all kerning pairs from an OpenType font.

Version 2019-10-01
LicensesGNU General Public License, version 2
Copyright2005–2019 Marc Penninga
MaintainerMarc Penninga
Contained inTeX Live as fontools
MiKTeX as fontools
TopicsFont development
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