Font rendering (was: Re: Flash player no longer supported, what happens to media9 and Skim?)

Jim Diamond Jim.Diamond at
Tue Aug 4 01:08:40 CEST 2020

On Mon, Aug  3, 2020 at 23:11 (+0200), Reinhard Kotucha wrote:

> On 2020-08-03 at 11:31:12 -0700, Shreevatsa R wrote:

>> as I learned while writing an answer
>> <> in 2016: the intended
>> difference is that the resulting example-2.pdf uses Type 1C (CFF)
>> fonts, for which FreeType (used by Evince) has (or had) a better
>> rasterizer, instead of Type 1 fonts (as example.pdf does). All this
>> may no longer hold now in 2020, but I'm just curious whether it
>> makes a difference.

> Thank you very much for the link.  It would be nice to know whether
> Type 1 and CFF are still rendered differently by Freetype.

> If different engines are are used for both formats and CFF rendering
> is considered better, the easiest solution would be to convert Type 1
> to CFF on the fly.

I don't think there is a difference in font rendering.  But the
conversion looks worth doing just to get a smaller file.


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