For our PDF rendering we were in need of a good font handling library - i think anyone who is comfort with this topic will come to this conclusion:
- The VM support is poor
- There is no plain Java library around
- FreeType is the de facto standard - and its free
While we bind and use only a very small subset of the FreeType features available to support jPodRenderer it should be no problem to use and enhance this implementation in other contexts.