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Adobe releases OpenType toolkit for Linux

Adobe has released the latest build of its Adobe Font Development Kit for OpenType (AFDKO), a collection of command-line utilities and scripts for testing, validating, and manipulating OpenType font files. But a surprise in this latest update is that Linux packages are available for the first time. AFDKO is a valuable resource, but don't look for it to be packaged by distributions or other open source projects just yet; the license agreement prohibits some important freedoms, such as reverse-engineering or attempting to "discover the source code." Since many of the utilities are Python or Bash scripts, such prohibitions are perplexing if taken at face value, but a real license change is still in order before AFDKO would be compatible with most free software.

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Adobe releases OpenType toolkit for Linux

Posted Apr 8, 2014 10:45 UTC (Tue) by yosch (guest, #4675) [Link]

Well-done Adobe! a positive first step in the right direction...

Beyond fixing the licensing itself, this will likely also need a lot of tweaking and cleanups before it can be packaged. Hopefully the wider open font community will help.

To test this and get the major scripts to work, you have to point the AFDKO_Python variable to the system Python instead of the one bundled with the release. This is set in the setFDKpath file.

In the meantime you may want to check out the OFDK (Open Font Design/Development toolKit) instead:

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