The firetype library is listed on this page for historical reasons. While I am currently working as an illustrator and character designer, I have also done some projects as a developer in the past. One of the technologies I worked with was Actionscript and the Flash Player.

firetype is an Open Source Actionscript 3 library I programmed. It parses OpenType fonts, converts the contained vector glyphs into polygon shapes and renders them using Stage3D via the GPU.

The steps taken by the firetype Actionscript library to render letters using the GPU
The steps taken by the library to render letters on the GPU in the Flash Player.

I am still very happy with the architecture and the capabilities of the library. It was possible to:

The library was featured on several prominent websites like the wiki of the Starling framework, Flash Daily and AS3 Game Gears. Despite that, to my knowledge, it never saw widespread use.

Nevertheless, the code is still available on GitHub:

firetype repository on GitHub

Now, come for the code, stay for the pretty pictures. Since you’re here anyways, why not check out my artworks?

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