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    Default Fonts under Wine

    Yesterday I was successfully able to install Microsoft Office 2007 suite via Wine and PlayOnLinux. I am happy that atleast the three basic applications (Word, Excel and PPT) work flawlessly.
    However, I noticed that the fonts for Office 2007 look shabby. I am not taking about anti-aliasing or subpixel hinting; but the general appearance of the applications in not even close to what I am used to in Windows.
    I'll show what I mean through some screen shots below:-
    The text for different options in the ribbon looks awful. Compare this with windows and the text is clearly legible. Same goes for the advanced options and other interfaces in Office 2007 under Wine.
    Linux - http://i38.tinypic.com/2lnbkoo.jpg
    http://i37.tinypic.com/1zm2k4m.jpg
    Windows - http://i35.tinypic.com/2mp0mfb.jpg
    http://i38.tinypic.com/2v2fy1w.jpg

    Additionally, when I type in some text in word, the default font (Calibri - Size 11) at 100% zoom looks awful. Here is the comparison of Linux with Windows7:
    Linux - http://i35.tinypic.com/ipz2n9.jpg
    Windows - http://i36.tinypic.com/2nsru3t.jpg

    I would like to mention here that I have excellent font rendering in other native Linux applications like Firefox and Open Office.
    I know that users of Ubuntu and LinuxMint do not face this issue... I have seen many video and screenshots where the installation on Linux looks as good as that on Windows. Additionally, I was going through some of the treads on this forum and I realised this was an OpenSuse centric issue...
    Subpixel Hinting Packages (Ubuntu Lucid Patches) are now available for 11.3

    I hope somebody knowledgeable can help me out with this problem...

    Thanks!

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    I find this to a common issue with applications in wine and I don't really have an answer. I recall in 11.1 I managed to get excellent fonts in a windows/wine application but never managed it again.
    I don't need MS Office, but if I did, I would almost certainly have opted for the Virtual Box path.

    Try copying the contents of \windows\fonts
    to the .wine/drive_c/windows/Fonts
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    winetricks allows to set fonts smoothing.
    winetricks - The Official Wine Wiki

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    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    I find this to a common issue with applications in wine and I don't really have an answer. I recall in 11.1 I managed to get excellent fonts in a windows/wine application but never managed it again.
    I don't need MS Office, but if I did, I would almost certainly have opted for the Virtual Box path.

    Try copying the contents of \windows\fonts
    to the .wine/drive_c/windows/Fonts
    Thanks for the suggestion... I did copy my windows fonts to the wine fonts directory, but that did not have any effect on the display...
    I think I will have to live with it for the time being...

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    It might be worth a look at winetricks, I do recall using it - maybe it was that which helped me in 11.1
    As @Lazy_Kent suggests
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lazy_Kent View Post
    winetricks allows to set fonts smoothing.
    winetricks - The Official Wine Wiki
    Well, never knew about Winetricks... Tried out the script, but my fonts are still the same.
    I think I will just wait for some time incase somebody is able to come up with a solution to this issue...

    Thank you all for your help...

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    Another small update... I have got almost all the fonts in Office 2007 installed under Wine working with subpixel hinting and anti-aliasing, but there are just 4 fonts that still look shabby. They are:-
    Cambria
    Calibri
    MS Mincho
    Tahoma


    Any idea how to make them look pretty?

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    star scream wrote:

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    > Another small update... I have got almost all the fonts in Office 2007
    > installed under Wine working with subpixel hinting and anti-aliasing,
    > but there are just 4 fonts that still look shabby. They are:-
    > CAMBRIA
    > CALIBRI
    > MS MINCHO
    > TAHOMA
    > Any idea how to make them look pretty?
    >

    I cannot help with that but can you post how you made the other fonts look
    nice. Other people with the same problem may be interested in your solution.


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    Quote Originally Posted by martin_helm View Post
    star scream wrote:

    >
    > Another small update... I have got almost all the fonts in Office 2007
    > installed under Wine working with subpixel hinting and anti-aliasing,
    > but there are just 4 fonts that still look shabby. They are:-
    > CAMBRIA
    > CALIBRI
    > MS MINCHO
    > TAHOMA
    > Any idea how to make them look pretty?
    >

    I cannot help with that but can you post how you made the other fonts look
    nice. Other people with the same problem may be interested in your solution.


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    openSUSE 11.3 64 bit | Intel Core2 Duo T9300@2.50GHz | Gnome 2.30 | Quadro
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    Yeah sure, the first thing I did was to visit the following page:
    SubpixelHinting - openSUSE Community Wiki
    and through 1-click install, I installed the freetype2 packages. It gets installed through Yast with the following warning - "Note that it _might_ infringe Apple patents."
    I couldn't care less and went ahead with the installation.

    Thereafter as mentioned by Lazy_Kent, ran the winetricks script and reinstalled all the fonts and enabled subpixel smoothing for RGB. Also ran 'wenquanyi' with winetricks and that was it. I restarted my system and fonts were looking pretty (except for the 4 MS fonts I have previously mentioned...)

    Hope someone finds this useful...

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