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How to search for available glyphs in a downloaded CID font?

New Here ,
Apr 02, 2015 Apr 02, 2015

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I have a downloaded CID font. All the font and glyph information is in the font. How can I write a PostScript program to search the font to find the available glyphs inside the font?

Thanks so much in advance for any help.

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Explorer ,
Apr 04, 2015 Apr 04, 2015

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Hi.

In what format are you hoping to return your search results? Unfortunately, CID fonts are not as exploration-friendly as Type 1 fonts. In particular, there are no character names, so the best you can do is print a sample sheet of some or all of the character set.

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New Here ,
Apr 04, 2015 Apr 04, 2015

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Hi John,

In either CID number or a sample sheet of characters with their CID number. Most importantly, I would like to know what hoops I have to jump through to reach the glyph descriptors.


Thanks so much,

Robert

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Apr 15, 2015 Apr 15, 2015

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John,I extracted and simplified a font from a driver generated file. See attached.How can I know what glyphs are available in myFont if I want to print some?

The original file uses the GlyphDirctory and adds incremental glyphs and printed those added glyphs. But I would suspect that there are glyphs in the font; I just don't know what are they and don't know how to find out what are they.

TIARobert

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LEGEND ,
Apr 16, 2015 Apr 16, 2015

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Attachments do not work.

Your only tool is "glyphshow".

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New Here ,
Apr 16, 2015 Apr 16, 2015

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thanks for the response; maybe there is no glyph descriptors in the font.If you need to print any glyphs, they have to be added through the GlyphDirectory.

The glyphshow will not work unfortunately, because the composefont implicitly creates a Type 0 font. Thanks for your suggestion though.

 

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Apr 20, 2015 Apr 20, 2015

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You could open the font with e.g. fontforge convert to a Type1 and than do it by dumping the character dictionary.

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Apr 21, 2015 Apr 21, 2015

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Would you elaborate on "open the font with e.g. fontforge"? I can download and install fontforge but don't know anything about fontforge. How fontforge take a font, a Postscript font dictionary?

TIA 

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Apr 21, 2015 Apr 21, 2015

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It does have support for reading/writing most font formats including CID. Type1. TTF. OTF. Type3 (limited read) etc.

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