RE: just two little hints ^^

Tom Newton (
Wed, 8 Sep 1999 10:30:46 +0100

>From my experience with Maxwell, "How do I add more fonts?" will become a
FAQ (particularly as it is not necessarily trivial for an end user to edit
the fonts.dir file). A suggestion: a GUI on the UNIX front end for adding
fonts would be really nice. I don't think it would be too difficult:
parsing the header of the pfa/pfb/afm files and generating entries in the

Might make a nice project for someone (not me unfortunately).


-----Original Message-----
From: Shaw Terwilliger []
Sent: 07 September 1999 19:17
To: Karsten;
Subject: Re: just two little hints ^^

Karsten wrote:
> I'll be very short. Abiword is great and small, but it still have just 2
> problems:
> 1) only few fonts are avaylable
> 2) it won't charge the pictures contained in the office's saved files

Yes, the fonts we ship are a collection from GhostScript. In fact,
any Type 1 fonts that you have are usable within AbiWord. Adding
them is usually only a matter of changing
(or /usr/share/abisuite/fonts/fonts.dir) to know of the location of
your fonts. AbiWord will look for both the font data file (it will
usually be named with an extension of .pfa or .pfb) and the metrics
file (usually named with an extension of .afm).

AbiWord now ignores the embedded objects in Microsoft Word files.
This will change in the future, when we make more general our
embedded objects architecture. I do believe wv (the library AbiWord
uses for Microsoft Word import) does a good job of extracting
the proper contents of embedded OLE objects, even Windows Metafiles.

Shaw Terwilliger

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