Patent Number: 6,252,671

Title: System for downloading fonts

Abstract: An apparatus and a method transmits a font available on a computer to an output device supporting a page description language with a download format. The apparatus determines whether a character set associated with the font can be represented in a byte and if so, downloads the font to the output device using a first font format. Otherwise, the apparatus determines whether the number of glyphs in the font is below a threshold and if so, downloads the font to the output device using the page description download format and otherwise breaks the font glyph data into one or more blocks of glyph data, each of which having fewer glyphs than the threshold. Once broken up, the apparatus downloads the blocks to the output device using the download format and stitches the blocks together during a subsequent font reassembly in the output device.

Inventors: Peng; Xiantu (San Jose, CA), Patterson; John A. (Longmont, CO), Jacobs; Matthew A. (Saratoga, CA)

Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated

International Classification: G06K 15/02 (20060101); B41B 015/00 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018