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tealeaf

Posted Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:42 am

Having been recreating my Amiga teenage years recently, when I should have been writing, this thread and ideal has resonated with me hugely.

Does anyone know if it's possible to get WordPerfect 4.1/5.0alpha to respect the Workbench system font if it's been altered via preferences? Much as I love the default topaz, I've found that in the rather higher resolution I'm using now that the slimmer topaz6 font is vastly preferable.

I've had no problem getting Workbench and the various cli applications to use a different default font, and I was hoping that WordPerfect would honour that. Instead, it sticks to its original topaz. I've tried various approaches, including ModePro font overriding, and even replacing the topaz font on the disk itself with a renamed topaz6, but WordPerfect is still stubbornly showing the original. I'm guessing that the font is hardcoded into the binary.

Still, if anyone knows, or can imagine, a trick that I might have missed to override or replace WordPerfect's base font then I'd love to hear it!

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intric8
Seattle, WA, USA
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Posted Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:01 am

@tealeaf I will pull out my manual later and scan to see if I can find anything around what you describe. I can also install it to one of my machines that's running RTG/1024x768 with custom fonts and see if I can help. Seems odd that it would be hard-coded. Do you mean specifically the menus, or the text you type - or all of it?

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tealeaf

Posted Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:01 am

intric8 wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:01 am
@tealeaf I will pull out my manual later and scan to see if I can find anything around what you describe. I can also install it to one of my machines that's running RTG/1024x768 with custom fonts and see if I can help. Seems odd that it would be hard-coded. Do you mean specifically the menus, or the text you type - or all of it?
Thanks! I mean the text you type, although I was anticipating the menus as well. (The menus I could live with, but it's the main body text that I really care about.)

I was fully prepared -- and actually happy -- that WordPerfect wasn't based around changing fonts in the text, but I was expecting that changing the Workbench system/application fonts in the preferences would be reflected in WordPerfect itself.

As I said, I played around with ModePro, but could only get the font in the window titlebar (under Workbench) to change, not anything actually 'in' WordPerfect. (Having said that, it was the first time I'd used ModePro, so I may be doing something wrong. I hope so!)

Perfectly happy for a 'hacky' solution, even if it's not supported by WordPerfect itself. (I was actually a little surprised, when I saw that there was a 'fonts' drawer on the main WP: adf containing the topaz font, that it didn't work to overwrite that with topaz6.)

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intric8
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Posted Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:32 pm

@tealeaf

I opened up the massive 3-ring binder manual and there really isn't a lot about fonts. Interestingly, it's a lot more like the kind of setup I might expect to find on the C128. You might notice there is a "Preview" mode. I don't have the Print disk installed at the moment, but by holding down CTRL and F8, that's supposed to invoke a Fonts menu. For printing. In other words, you type with what they gave you and you can swap fonts - and preview your print - before you send it to your Printer. It's a pretty old-school way of doing things. One of my favorite C128 Word Processors does the same thing.

If you want to swap out fonts and see them in real-time, there are a ton of options in the WYSIWYG world for Amiga. I'd recommend Pen Pal, Excellence, Final Copy - heck, you probably have a few faves already.

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tealeaf

Posted Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:13 pm

I had suspected. To be honest, I'd rather live with the original topaz font -- half the point was avoiding the complexity of the more WYSIWIG editors. :)

Thanks for taking the time!





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