2 MB total RAM, hard disk, some CLI savvy
Version: ATE Beta 5b, (1.5b re-upload)
Distribution: Aminet, Fred Fish, comp.binaries.amiga, Boston Computer
Replaces: util/misc/Atebeta4d.lha, util/misc/ATE.lha, text/font/ATEbeta5b.lha
NOTE TO BETA5B DOWNLOADERS: Sorry everyone for not uploading a beta5b that
works with POST V17. Unfortunately I couldn't figure out where I started
using stuff specific to HWGPOST. So, this re-upload doesn't include
post.library anymore, but requires HWGPOST V22 or better.
NOTE TO CODERS: Feel free to take included source code and do something
magical with it.
Amiga Typeface Engine (ATE) is my attempt to bring PostScript type
to the Amiga operating system. Like ATM(tm) for Windows and the Mac,
ATE builds bitmap fonts from PostScript typefaces on demand, and even
does it character by character, making it very fast on '030 systems
and actually usable on 68000 systems. ATE also replaces algorithmic
styles with true styles if available, so all those dumb EA apps that
blatantly open the normal style then SetSoftStyle() to get bold or
italic will get true styles instead.
Using post.library for actually drawing makes ATE usable with more
typeface formats, including Type 1 PFA, Type 1 PFB, Type 3, that weird
format Gold Disk uses, I think Nimbus-Q, and anything else that works
Beta5B includes source code for the actual typeface engine, the suggested
GUI for implementing a typeface installer and control panel, and source for
the first incarnation of ATE (ATMbeta1.c) which includes a method of
extracting character dimensions from a typeface directly.
Run the installer script from Shell or Workbench. It will look for
an existing POST setup and use it, otherwise it installs the correct
version of post.library based on processor type. It also edits
User-Startup if it had to install post.library. It will work with
HWGPOST as well. Use HWG's setup AS IS to ensure ATE works.
Restart the computer after install, or double-click on the "ATEbeta5b"
icon in SYS:WBStartup. You can test ATE with Prefs/Font, by selecting
any font with the prefix _ATE_. NOTE: Only FunkyFont is actually
included; the other fonts will generate errors unless you installed
them. Read ATEbeta4.txt for typeface installing instructions. Best
advice is to get ATM for Windows, and use the typefaces from it. I
included _ATE_ and .AFM files for the typefaces used by Windows ATM.
LET ME GET SOMETHING STRAIGHT: I couldn't include a bunch of typefaces
because it isn't legal, OK? All the included font defenitions except for
FunkyFont will fail unless you already have the typefaces! Use FunkyFont
to test ATE, then go purchase ATM for Windows and use the .PFB files from
there, or obtain them somewhere else.
Works with OS versions 2.04 up to 3.1. Does not require V37 of
diskfont.library (but requires minimum V36). Tested with Enforcer
V37 and Mungwall V37.71. Coded entirely in DICE C 3.0.
I tested ATE with: Excellence! 3.0, DPaint IV non-AGA, Prefs/Font.
Other testers used ProWrite 3.3, DPaint IV and V AGA. Compatibility
depends on how the applications themselves draw text. Apps that
use the OS (graphics.library and diskfont.library) wil work flawless.
Others (Notably Professional Page since 1.3) will draw nothing because
they don't use Text() to draw with. This will not cause any system
crashes but viewing blank characters will be annoying. :) This
release is an attempt to get developers on side and start using the
OS to draw with again.
One app (ProWrite 3.3) uses the OS to draw to the printer too, so
you can get excellent type quality on a non-PS printer using ATE.
This archive has distribution notices that state only Amiga Computing UK
may distribute this release. This is hereby superceded by myself;
disribution is allowed on the four mediums described at the top of this
Other PD libraries or software houses must obtain permission from me,
and you must ensure you distribute un-altered archives. Don't worry;
this is just for tracking info. I'll probably grant permission for
MuchMore 3.3 also included but is copyright 1992 Fridtjof Seibert.
Distributed with ATEbeta5b under his rules described in muchmore.doc
(not for profit).
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