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AmigaOS 4.0 - About OS4 - Preferences

FONT Preferences Editor
The Font Preferences editor is used to set the system fonts.

Fonts
The first panel is used to configure the Font settings, for the Workbench Window Titles, Workbench icons, and Shell screens.

This screen begins with a preview sample Workbench screen that shows how the selected fonts and the font drawing mode for icon texts would look like. This is followed by the Font options themselves:

Workbench Icon Font
Click on the 'Ff' button to bring up the font selection requester where you can select the Workbench icon font and its drawmode as shown below.

System Default Font
Click on the 'Ff' button to invoke the font selection requester where you can select the fixed width system default font.

Screen Font
Click on the 'Ff' button to bring up the font selection requester where you can select the Workbench screen font.

Antialiasing if possible
Antialiasing is a technique where graduated colours are used to blend text with the background to make them look less chunky. Font antialiasing currently only works with fonts installed with TypeManager (all outline font formats, but no bitmap fonts except a rare BDF variant). It only works on screens with more than 256 colours, but won't work with applications that modify fonts or use their own text output functions.

Action Buttons
When you make changes you can choose to 'Save' them permanently, just 'Use' them temporarily until the system is rebooted, or you can 'Cancel' and lose all changes.

Font Selection Requester
Variations of the Font Selection Requester are used to select the various fonts.

Font selection is made from the menu options at the top of the window. You can select the font, the style and the font size by clicking on the appropriate items.

The font and size selected is shown in the panel near the bottom of the window for quick reference.

Click on OK to use the selected font or click on Cancel to use the previously selected font.

Please note:
The Text, Field, and Mode options shown only apply when font selection requester for the Workbench Icon Font is selected.

Text : Enables you to choose the colour of the Workbench icon text by clicking on the preferred colour.

Field : Enables you to choose the colour of the field specified by Mode by clicking on the preferred colour, otherwise it is ghosted out.

Mode : Enables you to choose whether the icon text should use a Background colour, an Outline colour, or a Shadow colour as specified by the Field colour.

Other Options
In addition you can use you the right mouse button to invoke the actions menu for:

  • Restore (RightAmiga+Z) to undo any changes
  • Rescan Disk (RightAmiga+D) to rescan the FONTS: directory
  • Cancel (RightAmiga+K)
Caching
The second panel is used to specify Font caching by font directory.

This screen lists all of the directories assigned by FONTS: and gives you the option to cache the fonts by clicking on the 'Cached' box. When selected a tick will appear in the box.

A cached font directory contains a "_Cache/" subdirectory where the system stores cache files for faster loading of font requesters. Toggling the checkbox immediately creates an empty "_Cache/" subdirectory or deletes an existing directory including any files it may contain.

The files are automatically created and updated when needed, while running the FixFonts command forces a complete recreation.

Action Buttons
When you make changes you can choose to 'Save' them permanently, just 'Use' them temporarily until the system is rebooted, or you can 'Cancel' and lose all changes.

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Disclaimer: Amiga Auckland have prepared the above information for the use of its members based on our experiences and as such is subject to revision at any time. Amiga Auckland cannot guarantee any of the information and cannot be held accountable for any issues that may result from using it.


Copyright 2006 Amiga Auckland Inc. All rights reserved.
Revised: February 9, 2006.