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Creating Unix Font Files From ttf Files to be used in Forms/Reports Builder on Unix (Doc ID 745466.1)

Last updated on AUGUST 19, 2023

Applies to:

Oracle Reports Developer - Version 6.0.8 and later
Oracle Forms - Version 6.0.8 and later
HP-UX PA-RISC (32-bit)
Linux x86
Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)
Oracle Solaris on SPARC (32-bit)
Checked for relevance on 21-Aug-2012
Checked for relevance on 07-Jul-2014
Checked for relevance on 21-Dec-2015
Checked for relevance on 21-Dec-2015
HP 9000 Series HP-UXSolaris Operating System (SPARC) (64-bit)Intel Based Server LINUX


When using Forms/Reports Builders on Unix platforms, the list of fonts available are acquired from Operating System.

Sometimes it is necessary to use a font for which only Windows format "ttf" files are available. This document describes a method (not the only method but a method that proved to be quite useful and easy) to convert the ttf files to unix side afm/pfb files so that any font could be ported to unix X Window session.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that, there are some freely available ttf files and also some licensed fonts. To apply the method described in this document, it could be necessary to contact the font vendor to get appropriate licenses. This document only demonstrates the method.


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