Re: TrueType fonts in AbiWord: Part Deux SOLVED!

Subject: Re: TrueType fonts in AbiWord: Part Deux SOLVED!
From: Tim LaDuca (
Date: Mon Jul 30 2001 - 18:08:09 CDT

I couldn't believe you're reply (I had literally spent days trying to
get this to work) but when you mentioned that the support files get
generated during printing, that tipped me off, I need a GTK build! I've
been so enamored of gnome-print I completely forgot about GTK.

On the GTK build everything works as advertised(although I have run into
a few problems here and there, I get a core-dump when you embed arial),
so this is specifically a gnome-print problem. So all instructions are
OK(my apologies to Tomas and to the person who wrote the TT FAQ answer).
Well this makes me pretty happy, but probably not martin. Also, I don't
see it mentioned anywhere, this process will fail if you don't run
abiword as root.

Thanks for your response!


On 30 Jul 2001 11:02:26 +0100, Tomas Frydrych wrote:
> Hi Tim,
> I have just tried the Verdana font and it seems to work fine on my
> machine. Also, the font support files do get generated
> automatically on the first attempt to print.
> The fact that AW complains about the .afm file missing would
> suggest that it cannot execute the ttftool program; this should be
> reflected in the debug messages (if you run a debug build).
> Concerning the problems after running the script
> manually, is it possible that the problem is with your printer (e.g.,
> that it cannot handle the Verdana font and so it substitutes
> Times)? For instance, using GhostScript, it is necessary to either
> register the font with GS, or to use the 'embed fonts' option in the
> AW print dialogue; using a proper PS printer it is probably always
> necessary to embed the fonts. See if the fonts directory contains
> files verdana.afm, verdana.u2g and verdana.t42.
> Hope we can get soon to the bottom of this.
> Tomas
> >
> > Hi. The directions on our FAQ for installing TrueType fonts in AbiWord
> > don't appear be completely accurate. I took some "properly installed"
> > True Type fonts and dropped them in a new abisuite fonts folder. AbiWord
> > than complained that it could not read the font metrics file for times
> > new roman(*.afm file). Running the script now distributed
> > with AbiWord does fix this, but only, it seems for certain fonts. Fonts
> > like Verdana and MS Trebuchet will appear on the screen fine but will
> > print in the default Times New Roman Font only. So unless someone tells
> > me I am doing something wrong, I am going to update the FAQ to reflect
> > this.
> >
> > Also Tomas Frydrych's(I hope I got that right) instructions are no
> > longer accurate either. AbiWord does not "automatically install support
> > files". You have to manually run the script manually on the
> > Abisuite/fonts directory.
> >
> > Regards,
> > Tim
> >
> > P.S. This process *DOES* work beautifully for fonts like Arial, Times
> > and courier. Fonts look great on screen and print perfectly WYSIWYG
> > AFICT.
> >
> >

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