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<title>Fonts in Depth</title>
<h2>Fonts in Depth</h2>

<p>Fonts are often where the trouble starts and often ends in DTP. They are in my experience one of the leading troubles in DTP in general and one of the sources of constant questions on the mailing list and IRC. </p>

<p>Scribus uses the freetype2 libraries for accessing font features. Scribus also does some error checking upon loading to verify the quality of the fonts. Not all fonts are up to the task for use in DTP. Why ?</p>

<p>High quality fonts are essential for reliable output, no matter which platform. Call me a font snob, but I never ever use freely downloaded shareware fonts. These are the fonts I use and trust are the following (in no particular order) :</p>

	<li>The latest Ghostscript fonts. You can get an alternative set of these in TrueType form, from the Artifex site. These alternatives also come with some extra font families and are good usable fonts. </li>
	<li>Any of the Adobe or Bitstream fonts from Xfree86 or Charter, Luxi and Utopia are excellent fonts from this package. This doc is set using Utopia for the main body text.</li>
	<li>Any of the Lucida fonts from the Sun Java Packages.</li>
	<li>MS Web fonts - the exception is Wingdings causes problems, not just for Scribus.</li>
	<li>Lido CE family is an alternative to Times Roman and is a very well made font, by a well known font company.</li>
	<li>Gentium - an ambitious effort to create a freely available Unicode font which works well with most Latin scripts.</li>
	<li>Bitstream Vera Family - These were donated to the Gnome foundation and are packaged by most distributions. The Vera Serif is in particular a rarity, a really easy to read on screen serifed font. </li>
	<li>Any of the Bitstream Fonts from Corel Draw. I have clients who have used these for years in professional pre-press without a single problem.</li>
	<li>Any Adobe font. Adobe fonts are some of the best and if you have them, the new OpenType fonts are terrific. Scribus is one of the rare applications to support them well, including making them work well with PDF so they print properly from PDF.</li>
	<li>Any of the fonts packaged with StarOffice 6.0+. These are replacements for the default Windows fonts in some cases and include other font faces. These are all high quality fonts licensed from Agfa Monotype and should work fine in Scribus.</li>

<p>You can find links for all the downloadable fonts noted above on the Scribus web and docs site. </p>

<p>Some distros package some freefonts and shareware fonts under various package names. I avoid them and have removed them from some installs without missing them. </p>

<p>Do not be surprised when shareware or clone TrueType fonts downloaded from the Internet disappoint when printed. Sometimes shareware TrueType fonts do not follow proper the proper encoding specs, so they are unreliable in a Postscript environment. Making good reliable fonts in the Postscript sense is not easy and requires extensive QA testing. An example: Verdana from the MS web font collection took almost a year to create.</p>

<p>Also, do not be put off by the lack of a great screen preview with the URW fonts - they are excellent printer fonts. Font faces like Palladio and Utopia for example, are not really attractive on screen, but they are excellent fonts for easy to read documents. There is a reason service bureaus and printers spend literally thousands of dollars for high quality font libraries. </p>

<p>As for installation, if you use <code>$home/.fonts</code> directory for adding fonts, Scribus should find them just fine. For those leery of messing around with the command line tools for font installation, KDE 3.2+ includes an improved version of Keith Drummond's kfontinstaller program. The one in KDE 3.3 works superbly and you can even preview fonts within Konqueror. In my opinion it is one of the most user friendly font installers I have seen on any platform. Recommended. </p>

<p>Scribus also makes it easy to add additional font paths. Simply, close all documents, then select Settings > Fonts > Additional Paths. Select the new path and click OK. If fonts, still do not show up, you may need to add these to either your <code>$home/.fonts.conf</code> file or other method depending on your distro. If some still fail to show up, it is possibly Scribus's font checking mechanism has disabled them. </p>