Converting font to TrueDoc for web use

kimberlily's picture

I'm working on a webpage for a friend of mine, and she really wants to use the Papyrus font on the page. I know how to accomplish this using a css sheet, however, I can't find a way to convert the font to TrueDoc format (.pfr) so that it will display in all browsers.

If anyone on this board can help me with this, I would be eternally greatful!


twardoch's picture is the only real cross-platform solution I know that allows custom fonts.


timotheus's picture

You can look around the TrueDoc web site (, but I don't think the authoring tool is available anymore. It was called WebFont Wizard (or WebFont Maker?).

kimberlily's picture

Tim, I've been all over the TrueDoc website, and it isn't available for download anymore. I've found a number of types of software that incorporate TrueDoc into the package, but I don't want to pay hundreds of dollars for something I'll only use once.

Adam, thanks, I'll check that out.

Si_Daniels's picture

Bitstream's Webtype Maker was discontinued in 2001 or 2002. There was also a product called typograf too by a company called Hexmac. I don't think the other tools will make a PFR for Web use. Glyphgate would be youyr best bet.

timotheus's picture

Depending on just how much text you need to set in Papyrus and how your programming skills are, you can also use code (PHP, .NET and others) to dynamically change the text into GIF images. There are obvious drawbacks to this approach, but it might be worth considering.

gargoyle's picture

Another technique that might be worth investigating is sIFR, which uses Flash to deliver custom type (and degrades gracefully if Flash is not installed).

hrant's picture

Wait, so sIFR is actually an "engine" for decent typesetting in Flash?
That's what I've been clamoring for for ages!!


Mark Simonson's picture

sIFR is a way to get arbitrary fonts into web pages. It doesn't do anything typographically that can't already be done in Flash. Basically, using a bit of Javascript and CSS, it replaces, say, <h1> headings with a small Flash swf containing the same text but in your chosen font.

More information here.

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