How to update the fonts list?

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How to update the fonts list?

Postby alycat14 » Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:54 pm

I am new to OpenOffice (using version 3.4.1 on Mac OS 10.6.8).

The problem is simple. (And yes, I have looked through forums and on the Internet for the answer, but haven't found a solution.)

The Font Book on my computer has many fonts that I do not see in the list of fonts in OpenOffice. I see the fonts in Font Book on other applications, so I know the problem isn't with Font Book. And I see fonts in OpenOffice that aren't in the Font Book.

I have tried, without success, to figure out where OpenOffice stores its fonts on my computer. And I have tried, without success, to figure out how to add and subtract fonts from OpenOffice's list.

How, without getting into programming, do I revise the fonts in OpenOffice?

P.S. What is the meaning of the symbol in front of the fonts in OpenOffice? It's an A and what looks like a vertical arrow with two pointers.
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Re: How to update the fonts list?

Postby Hagar Delest » Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:22 am

Hi and welcome to the forum!

The symbol in front of the font name may be to tag a TrueType font.

AOO installs some fonts in /opt/openoffice.org3/basis-link/share/fonts/truetype (on my Ubuntu system).

There have been some reports about problems when there are too much fonts installed.
See that one perhaps: [Solved] All OpenOffice.org files changed into italics?.
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Re: How to update the fonts list?

Postby alycat14 » Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:34 am

On the off chance it might work, I did try what was suggested in that thread. Alas, the OpenOffice fonts list is still different from what's in Font Book.
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Re: How to update the fonts list?

Postby acknak » Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:12 am

As far as I know, OOo still does not support OpenType fonts. If a font is not a supported type, it won't appear in OOo's font list.

I know there is a lot of demand for OT support, and I know it was being worked on, but I don't know how far along it has come. At any rate, that could explain some of the differences in the lists.

OOo re-builds its list of available fonts each time it starts.
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Re: How to update the fonts list?

Postby Hagar Delest » Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:26 am

OpenType is partly supported IIRC.
I tried with the fonts from this topic: [Solved] Newly installed fonts not showing up on menu and it works fine. I've removed the .ttf files and the font can be used in AOO with the .otf files. The export to PDF works fine also (font is Type 1).
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Re: How to update the fonts list?

Postby MrProgrammer » Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:12 am

Hi, and welcome to the forum.

My personal opinion is that it's not a good idea to mess around with fonts on the Mac. The simplest solution may be to clear the font cache with a restart in "safe mode", as explained in your Mac's help system. Then immediately do a normal restart and see if the problem is fixed. (Do not leave your Mac running in safe mode.) Otherwise, here are some topics that might help:
OOo does not find fonts which are in my library
[Solved] OS 10.6 Upgrade Problem

If this answered your question please go to your first post use the Edit button and add [Solved] to the start of the title. You can select the green checkmark icon at the same time.
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