FontBox is a mature java library for loading, manipulating, and rendering fonts in Java. It gives you direct access to the font glyphs so that you can perform effects or transformations on them. A couple of years ago, I ported FontBox to Codename One, but since CN1 didn’t yet include support for drawing shapes, I made it dependent upon the CN1Pisces library, which did support drawing shapes. This was cool but it had some major limitations; the main one being that FontBox fonts could only be used to draw strings on Pisces graphics contexts, which can only be rendered to an image – not directly to the screen. This meant that you couldn’t just use a FontBox font in your app (e.g. in a label or a button). You could only use it to write on an image.
Fast forward to the present day, when Codename One supports drawing shapes “natively” on all major platforms, I felt is was time to revamp this library so that it integrates better with Codename One. My goal was to be able to use a FontBox font interchangeably with “normal” fonts. E.g. for a label, button, text field, graphics context, etc… The motivation for this update came as I was developing the “Meme Maker” demo. I needed to draw some text that was filled white but had a black outline. Built-in fonts don’t have this ability, but since FontBox provides direct access to the font glyphs as paths (i.e. lines and curves) I could fairly easily create a font that had both fill and stroke. That’s just what I did, with the new
TTFFont do that
TTFFont is a subclass of
CustomFont which is itself a subclass of
com.codename1.ui.Font. Therefore it can be used in any place that a standard font is used. Why would you do this?
TTFFont supports stroking, filling, or both, with different colors. E.g. You can create a font that is stroked with white, but filled with black. And you can specify the width of the stroke just as you would a normal shape.
TTFFont supports both horizontal and vertical scaling, so you can make your text really skinny, or really wide, depending on what your requirements are. This also enables you to size text to fit a space exactly.
TTFFont can load a TTF file from storage, file system, resources, or just from a plain old InputStream. This means that you can load fonts dynamically over a network if you want.
TTFFonts are actually rendered in CN1 as shapes, they will be slower than built-in fonts, which are rendered natively by the platform. Therefore, you should only use TTFFont in cases where you require its extra capabilities. That said, there was no noticeable “lag” introduced in the Meme Maker app by my use of TTFFont.
Loading TTF File
TTFFont font = TTFFont.createFont("MyFont", inputStream);
TTFFont font = TTFFont.createFont("MyFont", "/MyFont.ttf");
TTFFont font = TTFFont.createFontToStorage("MyFont", "font_MyFont.ttf", "http://example.com/MyFont.ttf" );
From File System/URL:
TTFFont font = TTFFont.createFontToFileSystem("MyFont", FileSystemStorage.getInstance().getAppHomePath()+"/fonts/MyFont.ttf", "http://example.com/MyFont.ttf" );
TTFFont font = TTFFont.getFont("MyFont", 12);
Setting Font for Style
Getting Particular Size Font
font = font.deriveFont(24); // get size 24 font.
Horizontal and Vertical Scaling
font = font.deriveScaled(0.5f, 1.5f); // scaled 50% horizontal, and 150% vertical font = font.deriveHorizontalScaled(0.5f); // scaled 50% horizontally font = font.deriveVerticalScaled(0.5f); // scaled 50% vertically
Stroking and Filling
font = font.deriveStroked(Stroke(1f, Stroke.CAP_BUTT, Stroke.JOIN_MITER, 1f), #ff0000); // Stroke with red 1px outline font = font.deriveStroked(Stroke(1f, Stroke.CAP_BUTT, Stroke.JOIN_MITER, 1f), null); // Stroked - stroke color determined by graphics context's current color.. e.g. defers to Style's foreground color font = font.deriveStroked(null, 0x0); // Not stroked font = font.deriveFilled(true, null); // Filled - fill color determined by graphics context's current color.. e.g. defers to Style's foreground color font = font.deriveFilled(true, 0x00ff00); // Filled with green font = font.deriveFilled(false, null); // Not filled
font = font.deriveAntialias(true); // Should be rendered antialiased font = font.deriveAntialias(false); // should be rendered without antialias.
Drawing Directly on Graphics Context
font.drawString(g, "Hello world", x, y); // Or ... g.setFont(font); g.drawString("Hello world", x, y);
Appending to existing GeneralPath
font.draw(path, "Hello world", x, y, 1f /*opacity*/);
More About CN1FontBox
For more information about CN1FontBox, check out the CN1FontBox github repository. The best way to install it is through the “Extensions” section of the Codename One Settings for your project.