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mmpfb(1)                                                              mmpfb(1)




NAME

       mmpfb - creates single-master fonts from multiple master fonts


SYNOPSIS

       mmpfb [OPTIONS...]  font


DESCRIPTION

       Mmpfb  creates  a normal, single-master PostScript font from a multiple
       master font by interpolation. You pass it a PFB or PFA font and options
       specifying  the  design  point you want; it writes the resulting PFB or
       PFA font to the standard output.

       The fonts mmpfb creates are interpolated at a low level to remove  mul-
       tiple  master  instructions from individual characters. Therefore, they
       can be used by programs that don't normally understand multiple  master
       fonts, like ps2pk(1).

       Mmpfb  supports  fonts with intermediate masters, like Adobe Jenson and
       Kepler. It can also create AMCP (Adobe Multiple Master Conversion  Pro-
       gram) files for use by mmafm(1); see --amcp-info below.

       The  font  argument  is either the name of a PFA or PFB font file, or a
       PostScript font name. If you give a font  name,  mmpfb  will  find  the
       actual outline file using the PSRESOURCEPATH environment variable. This
       colon-separated path is searched for `PSres.upr' files, an Adobe method
       for indexing PostScript resources.

       You  can  also  give  the name of a multiple master font instance, like
       `MinionMM_367_400_12_'.  Mmpfb will parse the font name and create that
       instance for you. `PSres.upr' files must be set up for this to work.


EXAMPLE

       % mmpfb --weight=400 --width=600 MyriadMM.pfb > MyriadMM_400_600_.pfb


OPTIONS

       Long options may be abbreviated to their unique prefixes.

       --output=file, -o file
            Send output to file instead of standard output.

       --pfb, -b
            Output a PFB font. This is the default.

       --pfa, -a
            Output a PFA font.

       --amcp-info
            Do  not  create  a  font;  instead, output an AMCP file for use by
            mmafm(1).  A message is printed if the font doesn't have  interme-
            diate masters, in which case no AMCP file is necessary.

       --weight=N, -w N
            Set the weight axis to N.

       --width=N, -W N
            Set the width axis to N.

       --optical-size=N, -O N
            Set the optical size axis to N.

       --style=N
            Set the style axis to N.

       --1=N (--2=N, --3=N, --4=N)
            Set the first (second, third, fourth) axis to N.

       --precision=N, -p N
            Set  the  output  precision  to N.  Higher values mean the control
            points in the output font will be more exactly aligned; lower val-
            ues  (1  or  2)  create  smaller  output font files, and are close
            enough for most purposes. A precision of N means that  each  point
            will  be within 1/N font units of the exact interpolated value. (A
            font unit is generally 1/7200  inch  for  a  10-point  font.)  The
            default is 5.

       --subrs=N
            Limit  the  output  font  to  at most N subroutines. 256 is a good
            value for N.

       --no-minimize
            Do not minimize the output  font  definition.  By  default,  mmpfb
            removes  extra PostScript code and dictionary definitions from the
            font.  Supply the --no-minimize option to avoid this behavior.


TROUBLESHOOTING

       The "IBM" Type 1 font interpreter shipped as part of the X font  server
       and  ps2pk  (among  others)  is inappropriately strict about PostScript
       code embedded in a font. The --minimize option (now the default)  fixes
       this problem.

       Some versions of Adobe Acrobat Distiller may report "Warning: unable to
       embed font X.  Invalid  character  outline  data"  when  distilling  an
       instance generated by mmpfb.  This is due to a limitation in the number
       of font subroutines Distiller can accept. (Multiple master  fonts,  and
       the  single-master fonts generated by mmpfb, tend to have a lot of sub-
       routines.) Try limiting the number of subroutines in the generated font
       with the --subrs option.


SEE ALSO

       mmafm(1)


DIAGNOSTICS

       reducing font to minimum number of subroutines (N)
            You tried to reduce the number of subroutines to less than N using
            the --subrs option, but the font needs at least N to function. The
            output font will have N subroutines.


AUTHOR

       Eddie Kohler, ekohler@gmail.com

       The latest version is available from:
       http://www.lcdf.org/type/

       Thanks to Melissa O'Neill for suggestions and patient debugging.



Version 2.106                   LCDF Typetools                        mmpfb(1)

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