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From: Ken Springer <>
Sent: Sun, 17 April, 2011 1:31:09
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Re: Font display in LibreOffice documents

On 4/15/11 1:06 PM, Sascha Vieweg wrote:
Hello, being an extensive user of LibO rather than iWorks or MSO on my
Mac (OS X 10.6.6), the (only) one thing that tempers delight is the
"blurred" unsharp display of text in documents. Currently, I am writing
rather long reports for my work, and I employed Latin Modern Roman
(version 2 or so) 11pt as the main document text. (I was playing around
with many more fonts, just to mention.) However, whatever font size,
document zoom or user interface zoom I use, the only one usable fonts
are the ones from the DejaVue font family -- yet, also here the display
is far away from a clean sharp display as I can find in Pages or MSW. I
was just wondering whether there is upcoming development on that issue
(obviously only a Mac one), or if there is simple tricks to make fonts
display clear, sharp, and reader-friendly. Thanks for comments and
tipps. Bests, *S*

Good eye Sascha!!!!!  LO appears to have a problem.  But then, so does Pages!   

Downloaded and installed the latest version of LO.

After figuring out which font was what between LO and Pages (I don't own MS 
Office for Mac) as the name of a font is displayed differently between the two 
programs, I tried a number of fonts, not just the Latin Modern and DejaVu fonts 
you mentioned.

Every font I tried, serif and san serif has the same problem.  Wherever there is 
a font character with a horizontal surface, there is ghosting on the horizontal 
surfaces of the character.  Also, at different font sizes, colors, and zoom 

Pages will do it too, at least on my iMac.  Set the font to 48 pt., and zoom to 
400%.  It's not as noticeable, but it's there.

And LO Calc and Numbers have the same problem with the ghosting.

Since *all* fonts seem to have this problem, logic dictates the problem is not 
the font structure, but the way all four programs are rendering it.

Which brings up the question, could a portion of the issue be hardware related, 
and how the hardware reacts to the commands received from the software?  But 
obviously, Pages and Numbers does a better job of rendering the font on the 

As a cross check, I installed the latest version of LO on my dual-boot Windows 
system, XP Pro and Vista Ultimate.  ATI Radeon HD 3650 AGP graphics, Aero Theme 
capable.  HP 9500 19" CRT.

Basically did the same thing as I did on the Mac, but didn't load your fonts.  
And only with Writer.  Absolutely no problem with the display. However, it is a 
Windows machine, and another machine with a different or lower quality graphics 
card may have issues.

I'm not at all familiar about how bug reporting is done, maybe there will be 
some reader of this message that can check to see if it's been reported.

When I first got this Mac, I also noticed that Pages and Numbers cannot zoom to 
the proper size.  100% is definitely not 100% for a WYSIWYG display.  I have 
iWork 09, I don't know if it's been fixed in a newer version.

As soon as I discovered that, I went looking for something else.  First Open 
Office, then NeoOffice, and now Libre Office.


Hi :)
I'm not sure about bug-reporting either but ages ago was given this link
I hope that helps!
Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

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