[PD] font issues - once again ...

Lucas Cordiviola lucarda27 at hotmail.com
Mon Sep 9 10:13:38 CEST 2019

1.) Do other Linux users have the same font experience, or is my distro messed up ?
I have used Debian 9 (xfce) & 10 (lxqt) and it's very close to the same compared to Windows. (your screenshot shows a *huge* difference)

3.) why is the windows default font-weight bold ?
Linux and Windows defaults to bold since a long time ago.

it looks ... well ... fuzzy to me ...
On Windows "DejaVuSansMono-Bold.ttf" must be loaded or installed. If "DejaVuSansMono.ttf" is forced to "bold" it looks ugly.


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On 9/7/2019 4:56 PM, oliver wrote:
hi !

i am aware, that font (compatibility) issues have been discussed here quite often, but i'd like to open it once again ...

recently when i tried to check a couple of my abstractions for cross-platform compatibility, i discovered a huge difference in size when the default font (DejaVu Sans Mono) was used on either windows/osx and linux.

But "DejaVu Sans Mono" on Linux (Ubuntu 19.04) has a much larger spacing than on both other platroms, making text designs in PD patches incredibly difficult to be cross-platform. i'm not talking "not 100% precise", it's way more than that, as you can see on the screenhot i made with the attached patch on 3 different systems. only on linux the text is way too long for the background canvas and becomes invisible (because it's white ...)

(or see the screenshots here:)

Some questions:

1.) Do other Linux users have the same font experience, or is my distro messed up ?
2.) I installed 3 fairly recent PD versions on each system (0.50 in win/osx, 0.49 on ubuntu via apt-get). why do they all use different TK versions ?
3.) why is the windows default font-weight bold ? it looks ... well ... fuzzy to me ... (though it's no big deal as i can change it in the preferences - but what's the design decision here ?)
4.) why "times" ? ;-)

(i won't even bring up the subject that the three standard PD fonts (DejaVu Sans Mono, Helvetica, Times) all look quite different on either platform, but since the spacing is more or less correct - safe for "times" which i never use - i don't really mind.)

thanks for help or clarifications



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