Howdy !

Ilmari Heikkinen and I have created Ruby bindings for the
FTGL library.  FTGL is a C++ library that uses the freetype2
library to render true type fonts in OpenGL using various
methods.  (Outline, Polygon, Texture, Bitmap, Pixmap, and
Extruded.)

Screenshots:
http://tastyspleen.net/~billk/ruby-ftgl-test1.png
http://tastyspleen.net/~billk/ftgl-extruded-font.png

The latter extruded font screenshot is from the FTGL C++
demo.  I haven't ported the demo to ruby yet, but the
ruby bindings needed should all be there.


The ruby-ftgl project page is at:
http://rubyforge.org/projects/ruby-ftgl/

The bindings are released under the Ruby license.  If anyone
needs an alternate license let me know.  The underlying FTGL
and freetype2 libraries have their own licenses, which appear
to be compatible with both open source and closed source
development.  (IANAL)


The ruby-ftgl extension currently builds on win32 and linux.
We anticipate minimal effort required to get it to build under
OS X.

For win32, because building the underlying FTGL and freetype2
libraries was kind of a pain, we've included pre-built versions
of the .dll's and their corresponding header files.  So building
the fuby-ftgl extension on your win32 system should be as 
simple as downloading the following .zip file and doing
"ruby setup.rb"
http://rubyforge.org/frs/download.php/5010/ruby-ftgl-0-1.zip

For linux, pre-built versions of FTGL and freetype2 are not
included; but you should have no trouble obtaining and building
them on your linux system.  The following archive contains
ruby-ftgl bindings only:
http://rubyforge.org/frs/download.php/5011/ruby-ftgl-0-1.tgz


Enjoy!


Regards,

Bill