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Font Smoothing Still A Frustration
L Hunter
L Hunter
Posted 2013-10-17 07:08
After three years I still cannot get decent fonts on my windows programs running in Linux.  There are numerous threads discussing this, including one I participated in here:;mhl=90382;msg=83832#msg90382

I have been working to set up a new Ubuntu system recently and this issue arose again.  In general, I find crossover unusable because of the poor fonts, but out of a general sense of Don Quixote I have upgraded Crossover twice in hopes that the problem would be fixed.

I can install wine and using winetricks change the registry settings and get perfectly acceptable font smoothing.  The same registry tweaks done manually in Crossover have no result.  (following the advice stated here: )

Can you please update me on the latest techniques for dealing with this issue.  I cannot believe it is simply me or a narrow band of users.  I suspect that a lot of other people are like me - install it, find it satisfactory only for minimal use, and give up in frustration.  I would really like to track this problem down to a conclusion of one kind or another or simply go back to pure wine or Q4wine.  

Thank you for any assistance you can offer.

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Gabrielle D. Profenno
Gabrielle D. Profenno
Posted 2013-10-17 07:46
Hi Hunter

I'm no expert on your issue however if you can fix the problem in wine with winetricks why not use winetricks in crossover. Here is sample code.


WINEPREFIX="/Library/Application Support/Crossover Games/Bottles/NewBottle" winetricks riched20


WINEPREFIX=~/.cxgames/NewBottle winetricks riched20
L Hunter
L Hunter
Posted 2013-10-17 08:16
Thank you Gary for a very prompt and logical suggestion.

Unfortunately that does not work.  I installed winetricks, ran winetricks settings fontsmooth=rgb

and then

winetricks settings fontsmooth=gray

but no visible changes

but again thank you for the suggestion!  I find this really frustrating and want to get to the bottom of it!
L Hunter
L Hunter
Posted 2014-05-27 10:51
As an update to this, I just discovered that my entire font issue was solved by moving to NETRUNNER OS as my linux distribution.  These are the guys who support KDE in Germany, and I still don't know what they do differently, but the result is amazingly better.  Simply switching to Netrunner now has all my fonts looking perfect in every aspect of the crossover bottle.  I've been frustrated with this for years, but the results on Netrunner show me that the issue all along has been something about the linux distribution setting, not about Crossover itself.  
Silviu Cojocaru
Silviu Cojocaru Omniscient Mystical Exalted Nigh-invincible Supreme Raging Atomic Dragon Turbo Chief Senior Advocate, Rank 8
Posted 2014-05-28 05:16
One quick note though: when saving screen shots, try the "best quality" setting, even if the resulted file is bigger because the picture that you posted is horrible due to compression artefacting... can't tell what's from font rendering vs. jpg high compression.

One other trick when dealing with fonts in wine is to increase the dpi setting in the Graphics tab of the Wine Configurator. It defaults to 96... as you increase it, fonts get bigger too but also anti-aliasing starts to work better and everything should look a lot better.

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