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Scripting in Glyphs.app: Converting Amiga Bitmap Fonts

Way back in the 1990s, I created a few bitmap fonts on the Commodore Amiga, notably Webcleaner, a set of fonts for early web browsers. Technology moves on, and I was concerned that my handiwork would be lost forever. Could they be revived to live another day? Thus began a deep dive into the Amiga […]

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Amiga Bitmap Fonts, Part 3: The Font Descriptor File

In Part 2 of our exploration of Amiga fonts we looked at the format of the font contents file and found… well not much of interest. Let’s now turn our attention to the other file type – the font descriptor file. The font descriptor filename is usually numeric – the number corresponding to the vertical […]

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Amiga Bitmap Fonts, Part 2: The Font Contents File

In Part 1 of our exploration of Amiga bitmap fonts, we identified the structure of a font on disk. We’ll now take a look at one of the files in more detail – the font contents file, suffixed .font. To identify the structure of this file we turn again to the Amiga ROM Kernel Reference […]

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Amiga Bitmap Fonts, Part 1: Introduction

Chances are you’re reading these words on a device with nice, crisp text. The typeface you’re looking at now is drawn from mathematical lines and curves, which means it can be scaled up and down to look good at large and small sizes. It wasn’t always this way. Early home computers such as the ZX […]