March 13th, 2009 by Bryan Kinkel
I’m pleased to announce that the next build of Printer’s Apprentice 8.0 will include support for printing Postscript-based Type 1 and OpenType fonts. This release will be available before the end of March.
Since Printer’s Apprentice is written with Microsoft’s .NET platform, I had to resort to injecting my own Win32 drawing calls in order to render Postscript fonts on the page. Unfortunately, .NET 2.0 does not support PS fonts with GDI+. It took a while for me to get it working, but not as long as I expected.
Here are a pair of screenshots of the print preview window showing font catalogs and keyboard layouts. The catalog shows us printing a mix of Type 1, OpenType and TrueType fonts.
Needless to say, I will be very, very happy to get rid of the “no Postscript” dialog box.
Let me know if you have any questions or want to help with the beta test team.
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