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Outline font editor

'pfaedit' is an outline font editor that lets you create your own postscript, truetype, opentype, cid-keyed, svg and bitmap (bdf) fonts, or edit existing ones. It also lets you convert one format to another. This project has been renamed 'FontForge.' Please see for the most recent information on this package.


User tutorial available in HTML format from; User manual available in HTML format from


Download version 20161005 (stable)
released on 5 October 2016

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
License:BSD 3ClauseJanet Casey18 September 2003

Leaders and contributors

George Williams Maintainer

Resources and communication

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DeveloperVCS Repository Webview
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Software prerequisites

Weak prerequisitelibpng and zlib
Weak prerequisitelibungof
Weak prerequisitelibtiff
Weak prerequisiteautotrace *or* potrace (for autotracing around character images)
Weak prerequisitelibjpeg (to import images in the given format)
Weak prerequisitelibxml2 (to parse SVG files and fonts)
Weak prerequisitelibuninameslist (to display unicode names and annotations)
Weak prerequisitefreetype (to better rasterize bitmaps and to enable the truetype debugger)

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 3 March 2017.


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