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    Re: HOWTO: Make your fonts smooth enough to drool over.

    Quote Originally Posted by kidrich
    This may not be necessary -- A quick look at my Hoary box shows auto hinting is already enabled by default globally (for all users) in /etc/fonts/local.conf.
    What about the "freetype autohint module"? What does it do, and is it inconsistent with sub-pixel rendering?

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    Re: HOWTO: Make your fonts smooth enough to drool over.

    Whoa! that's EXACTLY what I was looking for, thanks!!!! My fonts are beautiful now! I *added* that section to my .fonts.conf file, though, so mine now looks like this:

    Code:
    <?xml version="1.0"?>
    <!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">
    <fontconfig>
     <dir>~/.fonts</dir>
     <match target="font" >
      <edit mode="assign" name="hinting" >
       <bool>true</bool>
      </edit>
     </match>
     <match target="font" >
      <edit mode="assign" name="hintstyle" >
       <const>hintmedium</const>
      </edit>
     </match>
      <match target="font">
        <edit name="autohint" mode="assign">
          <bool>true</bool>
        </edit>
      </match>
    </fontconfig>
    and everything renders beautifully. My eyes THANK YOU!!!!

    Take care,
    -Frank

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    Re: HOWTO: Make your fonts smooth enough to drool over.

    Quote Originally Posted by Magneto
    This is for those who need assistance with TTF - TrueType Fonts
    Here are some key words for those using search
    font problems
    better fonts
    MS fonts
    microsoft fonts
    cleartype fonts

    ...

    So, given all the above, the actual commands are rather anti-climactic:

    # cd /etc/X11/fonts/TrueType
    # cp msttcorefonts.scale fonts.dir
    # python <pathto>/mkfontalias.py
    # grep 'iso8859-1"' fonts.alias > msttcorefonts.alias
    # rm -f fonts.dir fonts.alias
    # update-fonts-alias TrueType

    ...
    So I used apt-get install msttcorefonts to download and install it, but the directory /etc/X11/fonts/TrueType was not created. I'm not sure why, but I cannot run the script and finish this process without fixing this problem. Anyone have any ideas why this might have happened?

    Edit: In fact, the directory called "Type1" is the sole directory in "fonts".
    Last edited by ConstableRoark; December 12th, 2004 at 08:10 PM.

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    Re: HOWTO: Make your fonts smooth enough to drool over.



    There really is a fairly clear difference, thanks for the awesome suggestion.

    The right side is from screenshot before and the left side is after.

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    Re: HOWTO: Make your fonts smooth enough to drool over.

    YMMV - I tried it on my laptop and found it made the fonts more blocky and ugly. It certainly makes a difference but end results will vary from display to display. FWIW, I also prefer the appearance of the LH screenshot above - the letter shapes aren't quite as nice but it's less blurry and easier to read on my screen.

    Wulf
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    Re: HOWTO: Make your fonts smooth enough to drool over.

    Quote Originally Posted by zenwhen
    Drop this file in your home directory renamed to ".fonts.conf" and log out and in again. It turns on auto hinting and makes your fonts sexy smooth.


    Edit: Oops, typo.
    OH my god!!! Now I have to link to this thread for every OSX person who says how ****** and hard to configure Linux fonts are....you rock!!!!

    (I aplogize in advance for overloading the server jdong )

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    Re: HOWTO: Make your fonts smooth enough to drool over.

    Quote Originally Posted by CowPie
    OH my god!!! Now I have to link to this thread for every OSX person who says how ****** and hard to configure Linux fonts are....you rock!!!!

    (I aplogize in advance for overloading the server jdong )
    DOes this website look blocky to anyone else (onlyt he parts that look like times new roman): http://webster.commnet.edu/grammar/conjunctions.htm

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    Re: HOWTO: Make your fonts smooth enough to drool over.

    Quote Originally Posted by ConstableRoark
    So I used apt-get install msttcorefonts to download and install it, but the directory /etc/X11/fonts/TrueType was not created. I'm not sure why, but I cannot run the script and finish this process without fixing this problem. Anyone have any ideas why this might have happened?

    Edit: In fact, the directory called "Type1" is the sole directory in "fonts".
    Did you try creating the directory?

    mkdir TrueType

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    Re: HOWTO: Make your fonts smooth enough to drool over.

    Very nice guide, exactly what I was looking for. My fonts are as nice as they are in XP now.

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    Re: HOWTO: Make your fonts smooth enough to drool over.

    Yeah, thanks for this. My lcd monitor no longer hates me

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