[tex-live] mpost/mfplain without bounding frames

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Wed Nov 5 13:11:48 CET 2008

Hi Steve,

Steve White wrote:
> Hi,
> I've been using mpost with mfplain on various Metafont sources to
> produce EPS pictures of glyphs in the sources, so
>      mpost '&./mfplain \mag=1; truecorners:=0; filenametemplate
> "%j-%3c.eps"; input skt10.mf'
> I can then import the picture into FontForge.  This sort of works,
> with some annoying complications.
> One is that every glyph is given a frame, consisting of five thin
> rectangles (two of them below the character), that
> seem to be related to the bounding box.

This is because mpost is running in proof mode. You can make mpost
compile without the rectangles and in black instead of grey by
adding "mode:=localfont; " and a more suitable mag value to the

Be warned that for this font, it will not help you very much because
metapost doesn't understand the "cullit" metafont command and that
is used very often in the sanskrit fonts.

Best wishes,

PS In the future, it would be better to redirect your questions to
the metapost mailing list, metapost at tug.org

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