CTAN package upgrade: dvipng

CTAN Announcements ftpmaint at alan.smcvt.edu
Mon Apr 3 20:57:47 CEST 2006

A package has been updated at tug.ctan.org and should soon make its 
way to your favorite mirror.

Jim Hefferon
Saint Michael's College


The following information was provided by the package's contributor.

Name of contribution: dvipng
Author's name: Jan-Åke Larsson
Location on CTAN: /dviware/dvipng
Summary description: A fast DVI to PNG/GIF converter.
License type: gpl

Announcement text given by the package's contributor:
This program makes PNG graphics from DVI files as obtained from TeX and 
its relatives.

The 1.8 release adds the possibility to include bitmapped images 
(PNG, JPEG, and GIF), and changes PostScript inclusion so that the 
image is not cropped to the boundingbox (unless requested) and has 
a transparent background. From now on, for performance reasons, the 
output image will be truecolor if an image is included.

The output quality is substantially improved when using the Freetype 
font library. Freetype hinting has previously been disabled in dvipng 
(because of substandard output from the Computer Modern font), but 
from the 1.8 release onwards, hinting will be enabled in a mode that 
prefers shape over contrast (which works well with the Computer Modern 

In short, the output quality is visibly better when Freetype is 
available than when it isn't.

The release also fixes a few bugs and enhances the internal color 
cache for better performance.

Report any bugs you find, see README for instructions.

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