[Scribus] Linux Font Editor?

John Jordan johnxj
Fri Oct 28 17:47:51 CEST 2005

On 28 Oct 2005, at 11:37, Tobias Hilbricht wrote:

> Am Freitag, 28. Oktober 2005 10:26 schrieb Tobias Hilbricht:
> > Am Donnerstag, 27. Oktober 2005 22:48 schrieb John Jordan:
> > > But I still have a problem. The installation via Synaptic went
> > > without error, but the fonts do not appear in any application's
> > > font list.
> >
> > If I do as said above, then it works out of the box not only with
> > TeX, but also with Scribus. Please consult the Ubuntu manual on
> > installing packages there, but I think it will be the same there.
> Just to come back to one of your problems concerning installation of
> TIPA-fonts: once you have installed the fonts on Ubuntu for use with
> Scribus for example, then take the tipa-pfbs with the corresponding
> tipa-afms and copy them together into one directory on your Windows
> machine. ATM should recognize them, and you can use them there as
> well.

Synaptic did install it, or so it said. And the pfb and afm files are 
located on the hard drive in usr/share/texm/fonts/Type1/tipa. After 
adding this path to Scribus it now sees and can use the fonts. 
However, they are still not listed in OpenOffice and I can't find an 
equivalent place in OpenOffice to add the path. I thought that 
adding them via Synaptic would just make them available system-
wide to all programs (like installing them via ATM on Windows). 
But evidently there is something else that I have to do to make that 

It took a while with Konqueror, but I finally managed to copy the pfb 
and afm files to my Windows 2000 computer that has ATM Deluxe 
4.1 on it. However, ATM still sees no fonts when I point it to the 
folder where the fonts are located. The pfb and afm for each font are 
located in this folder. I opened an afm with Quickview and it seems 
to be just a text file showing data for each character. It appears the 
afm files were created by Ghostview. Evidently there is still 
something odd about these files.

Also, now that I am able to use the fonts in Scribus, I can't figure 
out the system for where the characters are located. I used Extras 
> Insert special and it popped up a window (sort of like Character 
Map). But each font lists only a few characters. I just fiddled with it 
a bit, but so far I haven't found any of the combining diacritics (for 
example). For those not familiar with IPA, these are special 
symbols that you can stick on any character, like accents. They 
are drawn so that they appear one character to the left of the actual 
space where typed - but take up no space on the line, so the next 
character's spacing is correct. In the IPA there are a ton of these.

There has to be a simpler way to insert the characters, or some 
kind of system so I can find the right font. If I have to wade through 
69 fonts with Insert Special to find the right character it's going to 
be pretty tedious to set type with these fonts. Is there 
documentation someplace that would help here?

Thanks for your help so far. :)

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