Sam Howard Sam is a developer at IDRsolutions who specialises in font rendering and conversion. He's also enjoyed working with SVG, Java 3D, Java FX and Swing.


21 Stories by Sam Howard

Setting up VisualVM in under 5 minutes

It’s hard to put a label on VisualVM – it has a profiler, but it’s more than that. It also has tools for tracking...
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Should Type 3 Font support be dropped from the PDF Specification?

The PDF format has been around for at least 20 years now, and throughout that time it’s continued to add the latest and greatest...
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6 tools for making fonts work in browsers

One part of writing a PDF converter is making sure that the fonts embedded within the PDF are accessible to the target platform. For...
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How to use Type 1 fonts on the Web

Back in the 1980s, Adobe saw that the existing methods of displaying text digitally – bitmapped fonts – were not up to the task...
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How does TrueType Hinting work?

TrueType hinting use a program inside the TrueType file to modify the outlines for fonts. This allows it to do clever things like optimise...
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