CTAN Update: mf2pt1

CTAN Announcements ctan-ann at ctan.org
Sat Nov 28 19:50:34 CET 2020

Scott Pakin submitted an update to the



Version:  2.6 2020-11-27
License:  lppl1.3c

Summary description:  Convert stylized Metafont to PostScript Type 1

Announcement text:
 mf2pt1 facilitates producing PostScript Type 1 fonts from a Metafont
 source file.  mf2pt1's advantage over tools such as TeXtrace and mftrace
 is that it does not rely on bitmap tracing and therefore can produce
 higher-quality Type 1 fonts than trace-based tools.
 The catch is that mf2pt1 imposes a number of restrictions on the
 Metafont input so it is not, as the name may imply, an automatic
 converter of arbitrary Metafont fonts to Type 1 format.

 Starting with version 2.6, mf2pt1 no longer automatically generates
 a unique ID for the font.  Unique IDs frustrate reproducible builds
 of fonts; mf2pt1 generated such IDs randomly, implying that there was
 no guarantee of uniqueness; and Adobe has declared that unique IDs
 are no longer necessary
 (see, e.g., https://fontforge.org/docs/techref/UniqueID.html).

 In addition, a large number of external links in the mf2pt1
 documentation have been updated to point to current locations.


The package’s Catalogue entry can be viewed at

The package’s files themselves can be inspected at


   Thanks for the upload.

     For the CTAN Team
    Petra Rübe-Pugliese


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