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Printer Font Metrics (PFM) RRS feed

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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.

    there is a partial spec by Adobe: http://partners.adobe.com/public/developer/en/font/5178.PFM.pdf. but it is incomplete and missing some information (like the kern and kern-track tables specification)

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

    Wednesday, March 6, 2013 6:59 PM

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  • Based on everything I can find, that format is deprecated. Note that the KB article link you referenced was last updated for Windows ME.

    I'd recommend looking at True Type fonts or Open Type fonts instead. If you need more assistance, please work with WDK support. https://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?&sd=gn&c1=501&gprid=16342&&st=1&wfxredirect=1

    Thanks

    Justin

    Thursday, March 7, 2013 9:57 PM
  • PFM ("Printer Font Metrics") files are  used by Windows to read and use Type1 fonts (which are not TrueType or OpenType fonts), and are still widely used.

    and actually supported very well by Windows, i can install and use Type1 fonts (that are constructed by couple of files *.pfb and *.pfm) on all new windows versions.

    so, somewhere in the Windows internals, there is a working good engine that parses this files. so this is definitely not a deprecated format, at least regarding the Windows run time support for it.

    in that case, i'd expect to have a way to reach a spec describing the structure of the PFM files.

    but up until now, i failed doing so.


    Tuesday, March 12, 2013 10:54 AM