The Font Wizard: Creating new fonts¶
Preparing new fonts for rendering text within a GUI is very easy. The key idea is to convert a font file (e.g. one of those installed with your OS, or downloaded from the Internet) to a set of graphics files that the Cafu GuiSys can use:
Step 2: Click the “
…” browse button to select the
desired font, or enter the filename directly into the related field.
Microsoft Windows users, please note that for some versions of
Windows, most notably Windows 7, Microsoft has chosen to
special-case the related “File Open” dialog so that the system folder
C:\Windows\Fonts cannot be browsed. (The problem is neither related
to access rights nor is it specific to CaWE.)
In order to overcome the problem, i.e. if you want to use a system font
C:\Windows\Fonts with the Font Wizard, we recommend to either
- type the path and file name of the desired font manually into the input field, or
- at the command prompt copy the desired font files from
C:\Windows\Fontsinto any other directory, then use the “
…” browse button to select the related file.
Creating fonts at the command prompt¶
As an alternative to the above, fonts can also be created with the
MakeFont program at the command prompt. Here is the sequence of
commands that creates the same font as above:
d:\Dev\Cafu> cd Fonts d:\Dev\Cafu\Fonts> mkdir Segoe d:\Dev\Cafu\Fonts> cd Segoe d:\Dev\Cafu\Fonts\Segoe>..\..\MakeFont.exe C:\Windows\Fonts\segoe.ttf -m=Segoe The Cafu Font Maker, version July 01 2009. Portions of this software are copyright (c) 2006 The FreeType Project (www.freetype.org). All rights reserved.
MakeFont takes two parameters: the name of the font file whose font
you want to use with Cafu GUIs, and the base name of the font materials.
The base name is specified as
will also work if you omit the
-m=… part, your fonts will not work
properly without it, so please make sure to include it. (The Cafu MatSys
needs this option in order to be able to render the fonts properly.)
Using the newly created font¶
Your font is now ready to be
used in a GUI. Its name always begins with
Fonts/, followed by the
previously chosen font name. In our example above, the font name is
In the GUI Editor, enter the font name into the appropriate field of the window that should use the font.
Alternatively, if you edit the GUI script manually, just add
to the appropriate
OnInit() function to use the new font.