A bitmap font is a font in which every character is a small picture. Other names for bitmap fonts are image fonts, raster fonts and texture fonts. Bitmap fonts created by Alphabix are full colour, contain transparency info, are unicode and can be up to 1024 pixels high per character.
What is a vector font?
In contrast, a vector font is built out of lines and curves and does not contain colour information.
Convert vector fonts into bitmap fonts
Alphabix can convert any True Type, Open Type and Type 1 font installed on your system. You can set the character range (which characters you would like to convert), the character set, the size, colour, border size and border colour.
Replace characters by pictures
Any character can be replaced by any PNG, BMP, GIF, TIF or JPG picture. Alpha channels are correctly imported.
Bitmap fonts are full colour
Vector fonts like True Type (TTF) do not contain any colour information. Bitmap fonts are full colour.
Bitmap fonts are highly detailed
Complex shapes are difficult to vectorize and expensive to render. Bitmap fonts can handle small details much more efficiently.
Bitmap fonts are fast
BluffTitler renders every character of a bitmap font as a single texturemapped rectangle (2 triangles). A vector font, depending on the shape of the character, is built out of hundreds of triangles.
Bitmap fonts are easy to design
If you know how to draw a picture in a paint application you can design your own bitmap font. This is a screenshot of Adobe Photoshop Elements.