This page exists to acknowledge everyone who’s helped out with FontForge. Many thanks! (Actually the list should be far longer than this, but as time goes on there are just too many people to thank.)

Sample Text

The sample text in File-\>Print comes from many sources.


The following people, among others, have helped debug fontforge. Thanks!

  • Tom Harvey
  • Ken Chilton
  • Gerhard Killesreiter
  • Alexander Kotelnikov
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
    (which has several times let me use some of their machines to do builds and find bugs if I didn’t have the requisite system at home).
  • Uwe Koloska
  • Max Neunhoeffer
  • Martin Giese
  • E.J. Neafsey
  • Norvell Spearman
  • Stefan Fendt
  • Harald ?Gleis?
  • Valek Filippov
  • Pasi Eronen
  • Luc Devroye
  • Scott Pakin
  • Robert Brady
  • Dung Ta Quang
  • Sivan Toledo
  • Gerhard Schellhorn
  • MinGyoon
  • Olaf Rogalsky
  • Baruch Even
  • Volker Gering
  • Torsten Bronger
  • Jacob Jansen
  • Ulrich Klauer
  • Andrey V. Panov
  • Edward G.J. Lee
  • Werner LEMBERG
  • KANOU Hiroki
  • Pierre Hanser
  • Claudio Beccari
  • Yannis Haralambous
  • Walter Echarri
  • Wei-ju Wu
  • Huw Davies of CodeWarriors who showed me how to generate a windows fon format.
  • Wei-Lun Chao
  • Sergey Malkin
  • And many others!

TrueType and PostScript Autohinting

Michal Nowakowski in Poland and Alexej Kryukov of Moscow State University have taken over TrueType and PostScript autohinting and are doing a far better job than I could have.

Blocks of real type

Ben Weiner from Reading provided the banner image of blocks of real type. The type face is Imprint, created by Monotype (UK).


I owe David Turner (and everyone else) of FreeType a debt for providing an API which allows me to debug truetype instructions. Also he came up with the name “FontForge”.


FontForge was inspired by AltSys’s Fontographer now rescued from MacroMedia by FontLab. Godfrey DiGiorgi encouraged me to buy my first copy of Fontographer in the mid-80s.

My father inspired a general interest in typography (though he is interested in renaissance printing techniques rather than computers).

And finally I owe thanks to Linda Dozier, David Cole and everyone at NaviSoft which company has given me the free time to write this program.