T1utils is a collection of simple programs for manipulating PostScript Type 1 fonts. Together, they allow you to convert between PFA (ASCII) and PFB (binary) formats, disassemble PFA or PFB files into human-readable form, and reassemble them into PFA or PFB format. Additionally you can extract font resources from a Macintosh font file or create a Macintosh Type 1 font file from a PFA or PFB font.
There are currently six programs:
t1ascii: Converts PFB files to PFA format.
t1binary: Converts PFA files to PFB format.
t1disasm: Disassembles a Type 1 font (PFA or PFB format) into a raw, human-readable text form for subsequent hand editing, tweaking, hint fixing, and so forth.
t1asm: Assembles the human-readable t1disasm text form into a Type 1 font in PFA or PFB format.
t1unmac: Extracts POST resources from a Macintosh Type 1 font file into PFA or PFB format for use outside the Macintosh environment. The Macintosh file should be stored in MacBinary, AppleSingle, AppleDouble, or BinHex format, or as a raw resource fork. Note that t1unmac does not have to run on a Macintosh.
t1mac: Creates a Macintosh Type 1 file from a PFA or PFB-format Type 1 font. Writes the Macintosh file in MacBinary, AppleSingle, AppleDouble, or BinHex format, or as a raw resource fork. WARNING: This will not suffice to use the new font on a Macintosh, as Macintoshes cannot read raw Type 1 fonts. You will need to create a font suitcase containing bitmap fonts if you do not have such a suitcase for the font already. T1utils cannot help you do this.
You need an ANSI C compiler, such as gcc.
make install will build and install
the utilities and their manual pages.
./configure accepts the usual options. See
INSTALL for more details. The
most commonly used option is
--prefix, which can be used to install the
utilities in a place other than /usr/local.
Copyright and license
The original t1utils were (c) 1992 I. Lee Hetherington, firstname.lastname@example.org. Changes since version 1.2 are (c) 1998-2017 Eddie Kohler. Distribution is under the Click LICENSE, a BSD-like license described in the LICENSE file in this directory.
Note that these tools should not be used to illegally copy Type 1 font programs. Typeface design is an intricate art that should be rewarded.
Eddie Kohler, email@example.com