A bitmap font is a font in which every character is a small picture. Other names for bitmap fonts are image fonts, raster fonts and texture fonts. Bitmap fonts created by Alphabix are full colour, contain transparency info, are unicode and can be up to 1024 pixels high per character.View Screenshot
In contrast, a vector font is built out of lines and curves and does not contain colour information.View Screenshot
Alphabix can convert any TrueType, OpenType and Type 1 font installed on your system. You can set the character range (which characters you would like to convert), the character set, the size, colour, border size and border colour.View Screenshot
Any character can be replaced by any PNG, BMP, GIF, TIF or JPG picture. Alpha channels are correctly imported.View Screenshot
Vector fonts like TrueType (TTF) do not contain any colour information. Bitmap fonts are full colour.View Screenshot
Complex shapes are difficult to vectorize and expensive to render. Bitmap fonts can handle small details much more efficiently.View Screenshot
BluffTitler renders every character of a bitmap font as a single texturemapped rectangle (2 triangles). A vector font, depending on the shape of the character, is built out of hundreds of triangles.View Screenshot
If you know how to draw a picture in a paint application you can design your own bitmap font. This is a screenshot of Adobe Photoshop Elements.View Screenshot
Even on older graphics cards that do not feature good quality hardware antialiasing, bitmap fonts are antialiased because the texture file created by Alphabix is perfectly antialiased.View Screenshot
A disadvantage of bitmap fonts is that they do not scale. The edge of a vector font stays razor sharp, no matter how close you zoom in. However, when zooming in on a bitmap font, the individual pixels become visible.View Screenshot
Bitmap fonts created by Alphabix can be used by the text and scroller layers of BluffTitler. Press the Select Bitmap Font... button in the font dialog(<F6>) to select a bitmap font.View Screenshot
Alphabix can create cut-outs for letter cubes. Just enter the names you would like to write and the cut-outs are generated fully automatically. The algorithm has been optimized to write as many names with as little cubes.View Screenshot
Of course, you are not limited to little green men when creating your own bitmap fonts. To spark your imagination, take a look at the Online Gallery.
Alphabix costs € 19.95 ORDER
A free evaluation version is available for you to fully test the program before ordering.
Size: 1 MB
Date released: Monday, February 25th, 2013
If you do not like installers you can download the program as a ZIP file.
The user guide can be found here.
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