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eastwind
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Joined: Mar 07, 2014

PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:12 am    Post subject: font for main screen labels Reply with quote

Just bought the game on steam special, playing with balance mod. I'm playing windowed 1900x1180. This lets the window (plus frame) take up the full screen size of my 1920x1200 main monitor, and I have a second monitor for the manual, which is why I don't want to play in full screen mode.

My question has to do with the font used for labels like "Warp Point to Lylat" on the main screen. With my setup these labels are really large, and run into each other and obscure stuff. I've discovered I can turn them off with a button above the quadrant map (with an 'N' icon), but what I really want to do is make the font smaller.

In the mainfonts.txt file there's a section:
// GAME_FONT_SCREEN_DISPLAY_LARGE
Font File Name := trebuc.ttf
Font Internal Name := Trebuchet MS
Font Height := 15
Font Style Bold := TRUE
Font Style Italic := FALSE
Font Color := 255, 255, 255

And reducing the height works to an extent, but around height 6 or 7 the font becomes blurry, but is still too large, larger than, for instance, the font in the main status bar at the top of the screen.

It seems to me the main display is being scaled to fit the width of my monitor, and the font is being scaled along with it, probably by the same factor, and that what I want is to reduce that factor for the font scaling but not the hex grid size. I can't find where this might be controlled, though.

I've tried substituting the other TTF fonts that come with the game, doesn't really help. Haven't tried the .FON fonts yet, those aren't used anywhere else in mainfonts.txt so I don't know the 'Font Internal Name' values.

Any suggestions or pointers? Maybe a pointer to a TTF font that's designed to look sharp when very small and will scale up well?

TIA


Edit: I had to give up and turn the labels off, couldn't get anything to work well, even though I downloaded a bunch of different "tiny" fonts.


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murphy0512
Space Emperor


Joined: Jan 30, 2014

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 12:39 am    Post subject: Re: font for main screen labels Reply with quote

I don't know if this is going to help or not, but try to set
Font Style Bold := TRUE
to FALSE instead with what you tried to do. Sometimes with Bold it makes the font bigger and also could be the reason why it was also blurry



eastwind wrote:
Just bought the game on steam special, playing with balance mod. I'm playing windowed 1900x1180. This lets the window (plus frame) take up the full screen size of my 1920x1200 main monitor, and I have a second monitor for the manual, which is why I don't want to play in full screen mode.

My question has to do with the font used for labels like "Warp Point to Lylat" on the main screen. With my setup these labels are really large, and run into each other and obscure stuff. I've discovered I can turn them off with a button above the quadrant map (with an 'N' icon), but what I really want to do is make the font smaller.

In the mainfonts.txt file there's a section:
// GAME_FONT_SCREEN_DISPLAY_LARGE
Font File Name := trebuc.ttf
Font Internal Name := Trebuchet MS
Font Height := 15
Font Style Bold := TRUE
Font Style Italic := FALSE
Font Color := 255, 255, 255

And reducing the height works to an extent, but around height 6 or 7 the font becomes blurry, but is still too large, larger than, for instance, the font in the main status bar at the top of the screen.

It seems to me the main display is being scaled to fit the width of my monitor, and the font is being scaled along with it, probably by the same factor, and that what I want is to reduce that factor for the font scaling but not the hex grid size. I can't find where this might be controlled, though.

I've tried substituting the other TTF fonts that come with the game, doesn't really help. Haven't tried the .FON fonts yet, those aren't used anywhere else in mainfonts.txt so I don't know the 'Font Internal Name' values.

Any suggestions or pointers? Maybe a pointer to a TTF font that's designed to look sharp when very small and will scale up well?

TIA


Edit: I had to give up and turn the labels off, couldn't get anything to work well, even though I downloaded a bunch of different "tiny" fonts.


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