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Author Topic: LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - DINA FONT - v2.88, October 30, 2005  (Read 17421 times)
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« on: October 30, 2005, 08:28:50 PM »

The latest version of Jibz's Dina Font, for programmers, is now available:

http://www.donationcoder....are/Other/Dina/index.html

Changes in this version:
Full bitmap fonts now included for bold and italics, at 8pt and 10pt.



ps. If you do any form of coding or html writing, you owe it to yourself to check out Dina.
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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2005, 08:10:11 AM »

This is great - Jibz you are working really hard on this: I know how long all this stuff takes having tried and given up !!!
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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2005, 05:13:24 AM »

Thanks a lot thumbs up.

It has been more work than I had expected, but I am really quite happy about the result myself.
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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2005, 09:55:45 AM »

The font is great.  However, my windows 2K treated as italic font by default.  The Vim, Emacs editors are fine and display the font gracefully.  When I use Visual Studio 6.0, the default font for Dina is italic and consistent with the default style in Windows 2K.  Can anyone help?
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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2005, 10:00:35 AM »

i don't know the answer but i'll make sure jibz sees this and replies asap.
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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2005, 02:32:06 PM »

I have fixed the problem using softy.  Basically, you need to repackage different styles.  Make sure the regular is displayed before regular,italic  Grin

I have attached the modified copy.

* DINA.zip (14.38 KB - downloaded 748 times.)
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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2005, 12:15:03 AM »

thanks a lot zhichao!
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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2005, 04:01:18 AM »

I think I managed to create a version that also works with Visual Studio on Win2K now. I've sent a new package to mouser, and to zhichao to test.

Thanks a lot for the bug report and help with fixing it! Thmbsup.
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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2005, 04:47:48 AM »

new version is now available on jibz's Dina page:
http://www.donationcoder....ware/Jibz/Dina/index.html
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« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2006, 09:11:30 AM »

Just registered because I wanted to thank you for your hard work on this font. I've been looking for a font to use with Emacs on X11/Unix, and this is by far the best. The oblique and bolds are great as well.

Anyway, after trying almost every other available bitmap font out there, I'm glad I found this one. Thanks again.
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« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2006, 04:59:39 AM »

Just got a glimps of the font and I already love it.

One problem though: I can't get it to work in Macromedia Dreamweaver 8.
When I go to Preferences>Fonts the font won't show up in the dropdownlist with the available fonts...

Got any idea how to fix this?
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« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2006, 12:27:11 PM »

jkr11222: Could you point me to where you found the version for X11?  Thanks.
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« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2006, 11:21:46 AM »

I myself have been wanting to make a bitmap font of my own stylistic preference, but I've been unable to find an application capable of completing the task.

Softy is the only program I've found that saves .FON files that can be read by Windows, but there's a problem: that whole packaging order zhichao mentioned above. For me, no matter what order I save new styles to the file, Softy always automagically reorders them Regular Italic, Regular, Bold Italic, Bold, which is wrong and causes Windows to display italic for regular, etc.

What I'd like to know is how to go about reordering the styles in the font file--Softy apparently doesn't even allow an existing style to be deleted from a file, and the listing doesn't respond to mouse dragging or anything else. zhichao seems to have succeeded where I have failed, so what might I be missing in Softy itself?

Moreover, does anyone know of an application better suited to the task of making bitmap fonts? I feel it's worth sharing that FontForge has a far more competent interface that makes creation a breeze, making it more than worth installing Cygwin to use, but it fails at actually saving a readable .FON file. While Softy can repair the damage, I still can't get it to save in order, so I'm still stuck.
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« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2006, 11:34:36 AM »

let's see if we can't get jibz to come post some tips for us!
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« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2006, 03:42:08 AM »

If you are using Softy, I would suggest saving each font (i.e. each size of regular, bold, italic, bold+italic) into a separate file while working on them, and then when you want to create your final file, load them all into one font.

You have to get the order in which you load styles correct, or the font will not work in certain programs. I think it's reverse order, but you'll probably have to experiment a little Thmbsup.
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