Re: Commodore fonts?

From: Anders Carlsson (
Date: 2004-02-18 17:36:56

On Wed, 18 Feb 2004, Marko Mäkelä wrote:

>> Anyone have any idea as to what software would actually do
>> something like this?
> pfaedit and maybe an automatic bitmap to vector tracer.

Doesn't PfaEdit do the tracing? I tried a few commercial Windows
programs lately for drawing True Type-fonts, but apart from that
they cost money, it is close to impossible for an amateur to get
any useful font out of it, both when you draw on freehand and when
you import a bitmap graphic.

Often these tracers want really big bitmaps to work on, so you
probably would have to resize the C64 font by a factor of 8 or
more to get reasonable results. If you prefer a smooth font over
an "angular" on, you also have to make sure the resizing algorithm
will preserve diagonal lines, circles etc out of the few pixels
that were there from the beginning.

On this page, you can upload a sample image of a font and get it
analysed and compared to the fonts they have:

I tried their service with this picture:

"commodore" is a Microgramma or Eurostile font, while "COMPUTER"
is a Futura font (available from Adobe or Agfa).

Anders Carlsson

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