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bob
2004-08-28, 19:12
I down-bolded the stock large font and left the extra width as whitespace.
Just did the alphanums & some of the punctuation, and remade a few letters
from scratch I find it a bit easier to read from across the room, so if
anyone
would like to give it a try, it's at:

http://www.mylefteye.com/newlarge.2.font.bmp

To install under linux, I just:

cd /usr/local/slimserver/Graphics
cp large.2.font.bmp large.bak
cp /DownloadPath/newlarge.2.font.bmp large.2.font.bmp
/etc/init.d/slimserver restart

I also wrote a simple ttf -> SBG font convertor, which seems to produce
properly formatted 1-bit BMPs, but slimserver hangs when I install them.
So, that may be a while yet. Probably a bug in the BMP header -- if I open
them in photoshop and resave them, the filesize changes ever so
slightly, and
then they work fine. Hmm... Here's (working) Tahoma 12pt bold, SBGified:

http://www.mylefteye.com/tahomalarge.2.font.bmp

Looks pretty good, except for the thin legs on chars like M and N.

Anyway, I'll try to fix the (win32) convertor early next week.

-bob

bobv
2004-09-02, 08:16
Phillip Kerman wrote:
> Sweet. So the fonts are just grabbed off a BMP eh?
>
> Is there something in slimserver that goes and grabs all the pixel info?
>
> I can't wait for something not so blocky in the "huge" font.
>
> Thanks,
> Phillip

Phillip,

try this:

http://www.mylefteye.com/newhuge.2.font.bmp

-bob

bobv
2004-09-02, 15:41
Wow. Just checked page hits, I guess there are a fair
amount of font-curious "G" people. :)

So... I made a small page with some softsqueeze screen
snaps (the fonts look a little blockier than they do on
the actual hardware) at:

http://www.mylefteye.com/sbgfonts

This means you can load up 100K worth of website to avoid
wasting bandwidth on the 5K font bitmaps. I should be in
government.

-bob

kdf
2004-09-02, 15:48
Quoting bobv <bobv (AT) earthling (DOT) net>:

> Wow. Just checked page hits, I guess there are a fair
> amount of font-curious "G" people. :)
>
> So... I made a small page with some softsqueeze screen
> snaps (the fonts look a little blockier than they do on
> the actual hardware) at:
>
> http://www.mylefteye.com/sbgfonts
>
> This means you can load up 100K worth of website to avoid
> wasting bandwidth on the 5K font bitmaps. I should be in
> government.

good stuff :)
Worth noting, too, I'm working on a way to automatically load up any fonts that
are in the Graphics dir as the server starts. This way, as long as the files
are named in a sensible manor, you dont have to copy over existing ones or do
any renaming back and forth to switch fonts.

-kdf

bobv
2004-09-02, 23:07
Phillip Kerman wrote:
> Yeah, those are nice. It does seem to hop around because the widths must
> vary. Like when the clock is running the "PM" moves every second depending
> on the current time.

Heh, I noticed that tonight too. I re-did newhuge (and posted
it) to have fixed-width numbers, and the clock is no longer
mildly disconcerting. Someone will probably update the clock
module to handle proportional fonts more elegantly.

> Looking forward to more and more fonts that make it so I can read it from
> very far away.

Yeah, I've been trying to find a backup CDR with the "VAG round"
font. That's one of the few I can imagine which would make for
a nice HUGE substitute. Unfortunately, at 12 to 14 points (the
most you squeeze into 16 pixels of height), a lot of fonts just
don't quite cut it w/o some kind of smoothing. Drop me an email
if you think of any, I just reinstalled on a new mobo two weeks
ago, so my font folder is pretty bare right now.

-bob