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.bdf File Extension

Developer: Adobe Systems
File type: Glyph Bitmap Distribution Format
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .bdf. Files with the file extension .bdf can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .bdf files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .bdf file?

Files with the .bdf extension are known as data encoded in the Glyph bitmap distribution format, and these BDF files are classified as font files used by a wide variety of applications developed for font creation and editing purposes. The BDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems. When these BDF files are installed in the appropriate directories within the system, the supported applications that can use the content of these font files initially search for the correct BDF file as soon as the user requests for a font that is provided by the BDF file. Once found, these programs load the required content from the BDF file unto the system and its resource libraries, in order to provide users with access to implement the font that corresponds to the BDF file into their projects. Most of the applications that are integrated with support for these BDF files are from Adobe Systems, and these programs are implemented with compatibility support for widely used versions of Microsoft Windows.

how to open a .bdf file?

Launch a .bdf file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .bdf file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .bdf files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .bdf file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .bdf file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .bdf file association errors

applications that open a .bdf file

Adobe Font Metrics

Adobe Font Metrics

Adobe Font Metrics refers to the format that is used for a variety of applications, particularly for digital typesetting. This is considered as one of the PostScript fonts, which are outline font specifications, that are created by Adobe Systems Inc.The file extension name is .afm, which is an obvious abbreviation of Adobe Font Metrics, that is primarily consisted of font metrics information and general font information. It provides global metrics for a font application, while metrics for each and every individual character. All metrics of any base font program is described by a single AFM file. This particular type of file format is only used in UNIX programming environments, which is a Linux tool that can be both installed in Windows and Mac computers. Generally, there are three major kinds of font types that are supported by PostScript language, namely normal Type 1, multiple master, which is a Type 1 extension, and Type 0 or also referred to as composite fonts.
Adobe FrameMaker 10

Adobe FrameMaker 10

First launched in January of 2011, Adobe FrameMaker 10 is a version of the original FrameMaker, which is a document processor software used exclusively for authoring and publishing of documents with a variety of contents, including both structured and unstructured, and XML or DITA. This program is also called as FrameMaker 10 Application Pack for S1000D, because the major tasks or functions of authoring, publishing or even reviewing contents that are XML based are on S1000D standard, and definitely 4.0 document supported. With an enhanced, friendly-user interface, this program is easy to manage for the creation and publication of dataset. There are also intuitive tools, for a maximum use, including the use of table catalog, scripting, drag and drop of texts, spelling checker, content management system, automatic formatting, and templates. Publishing contents is more flexible as it works to different channels like Adobe Air, Adobe FlashHelp, PDF, HTML, Oracle Help, and WebHelp.
Adobe Pagemaker

Adobe Pagemaker

First introduced way back in the year 1985 from Aldus Corporation, Adobe PageMakeris a desktop publishing software. It’s now presented by Adobe as Adlus, including this product PageMaker, was owned since 1994. This program entirely relies on a graphical-user interface which makes it more compatible for both Windows and Mac computers. The latest version of this product is Adobe PageMaker 7.0 that is designed exclusively for home, office, school and business use. It allows users to create a variety of publications from brochures to newsletters. This software product has hundreds of templates available already which a user can just manipulate and customize through the use of the integrated design and editing tools, or start from scratch to showcase any desired design from top to bottom and left to right. There are also options on how the data is viewed from layout view to Web view or small to large view. Adding texts, images and other objects is as easy as using a simple document, which generally make editing easy, quick and convenient.
FontForge for Mac

FontForge for Mac

FontForge is a free software that is used for font editing. It is formerly known as PfaEdit. It can run on Linux/Unix, Windows, VMS and Mac. It employs two scripting languages, its own and Python. It can run scripts from the command line, from its GUI, and may also serve as a Python module so it can integrate into a Python program. It supports Adobe OpenType feature file with its own syntax extension, the unofficial Microsoft MATH table for Cambria Math supported by XeTex, LuaTex and Office 2007. It uses FreeType for screen fonts and libpango and libcairo for text and graphics to support complex text layout and anti-aliased graphics. It uses AutoTrace or Potrace for tracing bitmap images to be imported into font. Some parts of its code are used by LuaTex for parsing and reading OpenType fonts. Its source code includes programs such as “showttf” that shows binary font file contents and WOFF deconverter and converter. FontForge supports a variety of fonts. Its native format is SFD [Spline Font Database] and collaborates with other designers to create difference files. Other formats supported by Fontforge are TTC [TrueType Collection], OTF [OpenType Font], TTF [TrueType Font], TeX Bitmap Fonts, PostScript Type 1, X11 OTB bitmap [SNFT only], BDF [Glyph Bitmap Distribution Font], WOFF [Web Open Face Font], FNT and FON for Windows, SVG [Scalable Vector Graphics].

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .bdf files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .bdf. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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