[Solved] Letter variation by font variation

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[Solved] Letter variation by font variation

Postby T-low » Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:42 pm

Hi, I was looking for a font or font tool that has letter variation to imitate handwriting.
I only found normal font tools, font tools with minimal variation or super expensive font tools with medium variation.
I am ''aware (limit to characters?)'' of the problem with implementing variation to a font template in open office.
So how to solve this? A font with variation in letters for handwriting in open office and on top of that cheap or better free?

I thought of a Extension where you can add x many fonts for the variation in letters and the extension would change every letter through the given fonts. (simpler)
Or to let the extension read the letters in an array and variate the font from that... (more complicated)
So for example you feed the extension with only 5 fonts in the simple version, you would become a way better variation of letters than some of the most expensive variating fonts.
I have not much programming experience so I would like some advice if this Idea is in any way possible?

Sorry for grammar and spelling :(

Thx for every comment in advance ;)
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Re: Letter variation by font variation

Postby RoryOF » Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:53 pm

There is discussion on methods in this posting
http://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/26833/handwriting-font-that-at-random-picks-characters

It would need a lot of programming skill (and time), which I doubt you or we have.
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Re: Letter variation by font variation

Postby JeJe » Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:26 pm

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   Option Explicit
   
   
   Global oDocView
   Global oKeyHandler
   
   sub InitialiseMacros
      RegisterKeyHandler
   end sub
   
   Sub RegisterKeyHandler
      oDocView = ThisComponent.getCurrentController
      oKeyHandler = createUnoListener("MyApp_", "com.sun.star.awt.XKeyHandler")
      oDocView.addKeyHandler(oKeyHandler)
   End Sub
   
   Sub UnregisterKeyHandler
      oDocView.removeKeyHandler(oKeyHandler)
   End Sub
   Sub MyApp_disposing(oEvt)
   End Sub
   
   Function MyApp_KeyReleased(oEvt) As Boolean
   end function
   
   
   Function MyApp_KeyPressed(oEvt as object) As Boolean
   dim ff,v As Integer, oVC
   ff = array("Times New Roman","Courier New","Modern","Papyrus")
   if oEvt.keychar<>0 then
   v= CInt(Int((ubound(ff) * Rnd()) + 1))
   oVC = thisComponent.getCurrentController.getViewCursor
   oVC.charfontname = ff(v)
   end if
   end function
   



if you put this in a module and press f5 to run InitialiseMacros. It will pick a random font name for each letter pressed.
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Re: Letter variation by font variation

Postby T-low » Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:47 pm

@RoryOF thanks for the link :)
Shows nicely the limitations to fonts.

@JeJe awesome Macro :D
It is exactly the solution to my "simple method thought" for randomly selecting fonts.
Now i just have to set up 10 nice fonts to switch through randomly ^^
I try to post some results here and try to write an macro for a letter array randomness o_o

thx for the awesome replies :)
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