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  • After much internet searching, I have failed to find the specification for "Printer Font Metrics", *.pfm files used by Windows to describe Type1 Font metrics.

    All over the internet, it is written, that this is Microsoft file format, and its specification is maintained by Microsoft.

    I have even found a Microsoft reference for that: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/95456?wa=wsignin1.0

    But no success, with finding the specification for PFM files.

    Can someone help me. I need the PFM file format specification.

    Tuesday, March 5, 2013 3:41 PM

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  • >I have even found a Microsoft reference for that:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/95456?wa=wsignin1.0
    >But no success, with finding the specification for PFM files.

    Don't the References in that Overview point to some
    sources with format info?

    >Can someone help me. I need the PFM file format specification.

    Some info on PFM format for a specific font type here:

    Building PFM Files for PostScript-Language CJK Fonts
    http://partners.adobe.com/public/developer/en/font/5178.PFM.pdf

    - Wayne
    Tuesday, March 5, 2013 11:56 PM

  • Can someone help me. I need the PFM file format specification.

    "Printer Font Metric (PFM) is a binary version of AFM, usually
    carrying ".PFM" file name extension. It contains font metric
    information.

    The PFM format is documented in the Windows 3.1 "Printers and
    Fonts Kit" help file (PFK31WH.HLP). Some details are also covered
    in the Windows 3.1 "Device Drivers Adaptation Guide" help file
    (DDAG31WH.HLP). Both of those documents are part of the Windows 3.1
    Device Development Kit (DDK), which is still available (October 2008)
    to MSDN subscribers."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PostScript_fonts

    A better place to ask may be:

    Windows Hardware WDK and Driver Development
    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/wdk/threads

    - Wayne

    Wednesday, March 6, 2013 2:00 AM
  • i did found the 5178.PFM.pdf document, but this document is a bit lacking. it is missing the PairKernTable definition, TrackKernTable definition, and OriginTable definition.

    it is also targeted for CJK Fonts, so it might be lacking a complete information of the full variety of values.

    so this document, is very helpful to get a starting point, but is not complete enough. i'm hoping to find something more complete.

    Wednesday, March 6, 2013 6:54 PM
  • i sow the wiki link but it references exactly the document i'm not able to find: Printers and Fonts Kit

    which is also referenced by http://support.microsoft.com/kb/95456?wa=wsignin1.0

    it seems like this document was lost in time :-(

    anyway, thanks for the suggestion to open a thread on the WDK group. i'll do that, hopefully to find the complete specification.

    Wednesday, March 6, 2013 7:07 PM
  • Hi,

    Welcome back.

    Since you have created a new thread on WDK forum:http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/wdk/thread/b79b0ef9-fb95-40fe-b984-22b91c7e9eda

    I will change this thread type to General Discussion.

    Have a nice day.

    Regards,


    Elegentin Xie
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    Thursday, March 7, 2013 7:50 AM