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Roman78 28 December 2011 15:26

3.9 desktop icon text question
 
Just installed 3.9 and classicWB 3.9. Everything went fine, but i have a simple question. I have chosen for more colors than 16. I installed picasso96 and running at 1024x786x16bit (also tried 32bits). And my icon text is white whit a darker border and some strange shadow. It's affected by the background picture.

How can i remove the strange shadow and chose a darker text border?

I'll tried it whit prefs/Fonts but that has no success. Also when i changing the color (i.e. to red) it will stay white.

Here a picture to illustrate what i mean: here

mfilos 28 December 2011 18:39

Go to Prefs and open Font Prefs
From there, choose the Workbench Icon Font (Ff button)...
...and check if Mode has "Text+Field".
If it's like that, then change it to only "Text" and you're set :)

Roman78 29 December 2011 07:23

That what i thought, but that had no success. There is some other program in ClassicWb who did this. Also chopper is disabled.

mfilos 29 December 2011 09:43

Have you disabled...
- Fblit/Ftext,
- BlazeWCP,
- IconBeFast,
- CyberBugFix

These tend to cause issues with RTG systems iirc

Roman78 29 December 2011 10:30

Disabled all 4 but no changes.

mfilos 29 December 2011 19:23

Hmm are you using CreateOutline to create outlined fonts?

I used it for my A600 and ECS environment (as you can check below)

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/939939/Pics/A600_Screenshot.png

... but I never tried it on RTG. Is that the case?

PeterK 29 December 2011 20:00

Hi mfilos !

Roman78 has solved his problem already but maybe forgetten to make a short note in his thread here. http://www.a1k.org/forum/showpost.ph...6&postcount=23

Something was broken with his XHelvetica font.
I would suggest to try FixFonts in such a case.

mfilos 29 December 2011 20:58

Yeah XHelveticaC is just XHelvetica plus outline via CreateOutline :)

I seen the solution some minutes ago while surfin' a1k.org. I'm glad a FixFont would fix teh case.

clauddio 30 December 2011 03:24

I tried xhelvetica on winuae but only works on AGA and RTG with 8 bit screens
16 bit screens and 32 but screens shows a rare shadow in green

anyone know hot to solve this?

Roman78 30 December 2011 07:41

Sorry, has forgot to tell that's fixed.

@Clauddio that's exactly the problem i had. Just chosen another font.

mfilos 30 December 2011 09:18

Yep, just tried it myself as well just for testing.
Fonts created with CreateOutline don't appear well in RTG over 8bit color.

Bloodwych 30 December 2011 11:19

It's a "known problem" listed in the CreateOutline doc, as shown below.

That's why I only use these fonts in the native Amiga packs. Discovered the same problem back in March. P96 users need to change back to a normal standard font.

I'm actually going to be doing some work on the packs soon, so I'll see if there is a substitute for P96 users that doesn't cause any problems.

Quote:

REQUIREMENTS
Any Amiga® (compatible) computer with at least OS3.0 and
68020+ cpu.


DESCRIPTION
CreateOutline is a small program that has been written to make
these OutlineFont-like patches obsolete (programs that draw
an outline around your icon texts by patching graphics.library).
It takes a font and creates a colorfont from it which can either
have an outline or a shadow. The new font will have a slightly
different name and size than the source one (byron.font/12
-> byronC.font/14). By default the program creates fonts that
use the screen pens #1 and #2 (black and white).


USAGE
The program can only be started from shell, the following
options are provided:

FONT/A,TO/K,SIZE/N/A,SCALE/S,SHADOW/S,PREDOMINANT/N/K,
TP=TEXTPEN/N/K,OP=OUTLINEPEN=SP=SHADOWPEN/N/K,PREVIEW/S

FONT/A: the source font.

TO/K: the name of the font to create (you can omit the .font
suffix). If you don't use this option, the font will be named
like the source one but with a 'C' in front of the suffix (ie.
xenC.font).

SIZE/N/A: its size.

SCALE/S: creates the font when it doesn't exist at the requested
size.

SHADOW/S: create a font with shadow instead of outline.

TEXTPEN/N/K: the pen that should be used for the font face. By
default pen #2 will be used (white). CreateOutline is only
able to create fonts with a maximum depth of 3 planes, so the
maximum pen number is 7!

SHADOWPEN=OUTLINEPEN/N/K: the pen that should be used for the
outline/shadow cast. By default pen #1 will be used (black).
CreateOutline is only able to create fonts with a maximum depth
of 3 planes, so the maximum pen number is 7!

PREDOMINANT/N/K: The pen number that should be made "changeable"
via Font prefs. This must either be the TEXTPEN or the SHADOW/
OUTLINEPEN. If you don't give this option, no pen will be
changeable.

PREVIEW/S: view a sample text in a window but don't save
the font.


KNOWN PROBLEMS
Not a bug of the program: When using p96 you need to enable
"Text+Field" in Font prefs to get the right colors on 15+ bit
screens (otherwise the text will be pink).


HISTORY
1.0 first public release.
1.1 added PREDOMINANT/S switch.
1.2 removed extra spacing btw. characters <Antonio Remedios>.
1.3 corrected doc (PREDOMINANT isn't a /S switch). added TO/K
option <Ed Vishoot>.
1.4 added options to change the pen number of the font face and
the outline cast <Ed Vishoot>, the offset into the colortable
wasn't correctly calculated, programs that directly support
colorfonts (PPaint, ...) weren't able to load the right
colormap (magicwb colors). this was never a problem for the
wb as it doesn't really support colorfonts :)

DeafDaz 30 December 2011 11:33

@Mfilos
Love ur WB background pic:) Any chance u could upload the pic to the Zone pls?

thomas 30 December 2011 13:21

Google image search result

Mad-Matt 30 December 2011 14:18

I use Powericons to add a basic outline around the icon font.

DeafDaz 30 December 2011 15:54

Thank u Thomas :)

mfilos 30 December 2011 17:54

Quote:

Originally Posted by DeafDaz (Post 793144)
@Mfilos
Love ur WB background pic:) Any chance u could upload the pic to the Zone pls?

Not only that but my whole collection was shared some time ago in this thread: http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=558

DeafDaz 30 December 2011 19:23

Excellent stuff there:great Downloaded the lot:D

ancalimon 04 December 2014 18:13

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mad-Matt (Post 793159)
I use Powericons to add a basic outline around the icon font.

Is it possible to use PowerIcons just for this purpose? I am already using PeterK's icon.library and I don't want PowerIcons to get in the way and make things slower (it also causes ugly icon dragging)

James 04 December 2014 20:21

Quote:

Originally Posted by ancalimon (Post 990037)
Is it possible to use PowerIcons just for this purpose? I am already using PeterK's icon.library and I don't want PowerIcons to get in the way and make things slower (it also causes ugly icon dragging)

The icon.library package already includes an OutlineIconText command, or you can try OutlineFont:

http://aminet.net/package/util/wb/outlinefont14


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