Archive for August, 2009

Change The Windows XP Font Size!

Friday, August 28th, 2009

If your Windows XP computer’s default font size seems a little small for comfortable viewing, you can easily make the font larger.

Here’s how:

  1. Right-click an open area of the Windows Desktop and then click “Properties” to open the “Display Properties” window.
  2. Click the “Appearance” tab.
  3. In the drop down list labelled “Font Size”, select the desired size.
  4. Click “OK” to save the change and exit the “Display Properties” window.change-font-sizeThere are three font sizes to choose from, these being, “Normal”, “Large Fonts” and “Extra Large Fonts”. As the name implies, “Normal” is the Windows XP default size. To return to the default font size, follow the procedure outlined above and choose “Normal” in the “Font Size” list.The change will alter the font display in Windows title bars, dialogs and menus. It will not normally alter the font in documents such as word processor files or web pages.
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Font-Related Printing Issues in Oracle Reports!

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

How do you check whether a font is used in Oracle Reports printing?

PostScript files have a list of fonts, which is created after reading the PPD file. If you examine the PostScript file, you can check the fonts by looking for the following tags:

  • DocumentNeededResource has the list of fonts referenced in the PPD file.
  • DocumentSuppliedResource has the list of fonts for which the PostScript driver was able to find corresponding AFM files.
  • %%Page before the field’s %IncludeResource:font has the font name that will be used for the field.

For PCL output files, you can check whether a particular font was used. Depending on this information, the font settings in Oracle Reports or the printer can be modified.

What is the real difference between running reports to Screen and Preview?

Formatting a report to Screen, for screen fonts, guarantees that the report will look good in the Paper Design view of the Report Editor. If an attempt is made to print a report formatted with screen fonts, though, it is likely to come out with some differences because screen fonts typically map very poorly to printer fonts. If Preview is selected instead of Screen, the report is formatted with printer fonts and the output on the screen is almost certain to match the printed output.

Will there be any font issues if I do not have a valid printer installed?

Prior to Oracle Reports 10g on UNIX, you had to set the DISPLAY environment variable in order for Reports Server to use the windowing system display surface for creating images and getting pixel resolution. This dependency is removed with Oracle Reports 10g.

Additionally, earlier releases required a valid printer on UNIX for fonts. When no valid printer was available, Oracle Reports Services used the screen fonts, which again required setting the DISPLAY environment variable. Now, Oracle Reports Services includes a default screen printer surface, ScreenPrinter, that emulates a screen or printer for fonts in the absence of an available printer. As a result, Oracle Reports Services no longer requires a printer on UNIX.


Frequently encountered problems with Fonts!

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

The first thing to establish is the number of fonts you have installed (including variations). The limit is around 700–1000, although I would recommend having no more than 250. For more detail on this, see I’d like to delete some fonts, but I’m afraid I’ll remove some that Word needs. What fonts do I have to keep?

Here is a list of other common font problems:

  • The default printer has been set to something other than the printer you are actually using, or no default printer has been selected. Check that your default printer has not been set to generic, text only”, as this will stop fonts from showing. See also Word shows only one or two fonts in its Font list.
  • The Fonts folder has lost its system properties. This will be obvious if you view the C:\Windows\\Fonts\ folder – you will see file names instead of font names; and you will not see the Install New Font option under the File menu. If this happens, right-click on the C:\Windows\\Fonts\ folder and select Properties.

If System is not checked (and greyed out) on the Properties dialog, then you cannot install new fonts; to fix this, restart your computer in DOS mode, and at the command line, type the command:

attrib +s +r C:\Windows\Fonts

  1. Press Return to invoke the command, reboot, and all should be well.
  2. Or you can use TweakUI from PowerToys. It has a Repair Fonts option which will also fix the Fonts folder. For details and the download, click here. TweakUI can also fix the missing or damaged Desktop.ini file issue mentioned in 6.
  3. Your Font cache has become corrupted (this is less common). Delete C:\Windows\ttfCache (which is an extensionless file, not a folder) and reboot. (Do not move it; delete it). It will be regenerated.
  4. Check that the Fonts value in the registry at:  “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders”
  5. has the data C:\WINDOWS\Fonts (assuming that your Windows directory is C:\Windows)
  6. Fontext.dll is missing or corrupt, or the Desktop.ini file may be missing or damaged. If so, see Microsoft Knowledge Base (MSKB) article Q133725: Missing Menu Commands in the Fonts Folder.
  7. Check the following MSKB article on the use of the Fontreg tool: Q133732: Missing TrueType Fonts in Fonts Folder or Programs. ( )

Usefull Software : (MainType 2.1.1)

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

MainType is a powerful but easy to use font manager and font viewer for Windows, that takes the frustration out of managing your fonts. It is packed with tons of intuitive features that makes it simple to find, preview, organize, install, and print your fonts.

It includes features for novice users who just want to view and install fonts as well as advanced features for graphic designers and typographers. In order to find the right fonts for your needs, the software includes filter and sort functionality. MainType provides immediate system-wide font synchronization, with no need to refresh font lists or reboot the computer after installing fonts. The software contains a font information pane that reveals important typographic data and a groups pane that helps you quickly organize all your fonts. Nice touches are drag and drop capabilities and the ability to insert characters into background applications.

MainType works with TrueType, OpenType, TrueType Collections, Postscript Type 1, vector and raster fonts. You can preview and browse fonts on any drive, before installing them. MainType supports all seventeen planes defined in the Unicode character database and displays all characters grouped in Unicode blocks. MainType allows you to generate an HTML-based overview of any of your fonts, print outstanding reports and export font information to clipboard and text.

Key Features:

  • Install, uninstall, load and unload fonts
  • Preview and browse fonts on any drive or directory without installation
  • Full Unicode support
  • Character grid with Unicode block navigation
  • Print and print preview your fonts
  • Support all popular font formats and more: TrueType, OpenType, TrueType Collections, Postscript Type 1, Vector and Raster fonts
  • Move, copy, rename and delete fonts
  • Full drag and drop support
  • Insert characters into background applications
  • Font export wizard generates a HTML-based overview of all your fonts
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