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#1 2009-01-29 20:23:30

ZeKraut
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Simple Font Viewer

Hello everyone

This may be a dump question, but does anyone know a simple font viewer? When I was using KDE I just needed to click on a font file and I could see what the font looked like. Now I switched to xfce (with Thunar as file manager) and there is no such programme. I do not seek a fancy font management tool or something like that. I am sure I just need to pick the right Gnome package, just: which one is it?

Thank you very much in advance!

ZeKraut

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#2 2009-01-29 20:25:14

SamC
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Re: Simple Font Viewer

You could try gnome-specimen in the AUR, or gtk2fontsel.

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#3 2009-01-29 20:28:00

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Re: Simple Font Viewer

There's fontilus in the AUR but it depends on gnome such and such.  May want to see how much it would cost you to install that one.


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#4 2009-01-29 20:38:52

ZeKraut
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Re: Simple Font Viewer

Hello

Wow, thanks for the quick answers! Gnome specimen seems to be a bit too much. As I said, I do not need a big tool to manage my fonts or even to compare them. I just want to have a look at a font before I decide if I want to install it. So, gtk2fontselect is not the right tool for me either, because it just lists all fonts that are already installed.

Fontilus is a bit odd. I installed it, but how do I use it? Does it work without nautilus anyway?

ZeKraut

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#5 2009-01-29 20:42:33

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Re: Simple Font Viewer

I have no clue, I simply searched the aur for "font" and looked for things claiming to be viewers.


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#6 2009-01-29 20:53:58

ZeKraut
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Re: Simple Font Viewer

Ja, I did that too. I also did a quick seach on google on how to use that Fontilus, but I thought this whole question is way to simple at the first place. I mean, any standard Gnome or KDE installation can view a font in Nautilus or Konqueror/Dolphin, right? So I thought I am just to stupid to find the right programme for xfce ...

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#7 2009-01-29 22:34:13

seenxu
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Re: Simple Font Viewer

http://code.google.com/p/gfont-viewer/

have a look at the link. alpha software, but does the baisc things.

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#8 2009-01-29 22:40:25

marxav
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Re: Simple Font Viewer

[marst@iguane python]$ tupac font viewer
::*   repo "local" has been updated
::*   repo "core" has been updated
::*   repo "extra" has been updated
::*   repo "community" has been updated
::: saving
1 community/opcion 1.1.1-4
    A font viewer written in java
2 aur/fonter 1.7-1 (1 votes)
    An interactive viewer and editor for console fonts (8x16 .fnt)
3 aur/fontilus 0.4-2 (17 votes)
    Font viewer for Gnome. Also known as gnome-font-viewer
4 aur/fontypython 0.3.6-2 (5 votes)
    A font viewer and manager
==> Enter the package numbers you want to install. Separate choices with a space. Example: 1 2 5 14
==:

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#9 2009-01-30 00:20:13

sand_man
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Re: Simple Font Viewer

xfontsel


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#10 2009-01-30 00:44:12

userlander
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Re: Simple Font Viewer

opcion is pretty good (need java). can't remember if that's in AUR or I installed it myself.  or just plain old xfontsel is useful for config files, etc.

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#11 2009-01-30 00:53:35

weasel8
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Re: Simple Font Viewer

sand_man wrote:

xfontsel

That is most definitely not what he is looking for, unless xfontsel has some weird .ttf file preview feature I've never heard of.

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#12 2009-01-30 19:53:28

ZeKraut
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Re: Simple Font Viewer

Hello!

Thank you for all your answers, but this is still not right. I was aware of all of the programmes you mentioned (except for gfont-viewer). I tried them and most of them do not display fonts that are not already installed. Only Opcion seems to be able to do that and there I have to pick the font file (only TTF, no OTF supported) from a menu. Opcion does not accept a font location as a parameter.

Well, it seems my simple problem is not as simple as it appears to be. I honestly thought I could take such a preview programme for granted. May be I am going to ask this questsion again in a xfce/Thunar forum or something.

Best wishes

ZeKraut

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#13 2009-01-30 20:57:46

brisbin33
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Re: Simple Font Viewer

i like opticon but you're right about picking it from a menu... report back if you find a good lightweight alternative; i'd be interested

Last edited by brisbin33 (2009-01-30 20:59:23)

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#14 2009-04-05 14:49:49

dcrabs
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Re: Simple Font Viewer

What about fontmatrix?
http://fontmatrix.net/

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#15 2009-04-05 15:26:02

skottish
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Re: Simple Font Viewer

dcrabs wrote:

What about fontmatrix?
http://fontmatrix.net/

There's even a package:

http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=14771

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#16 2011-04-24 04:07:45

rodricg
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Re: Simple Font Viewer

The "display" command from imagemagick will show fonts.
Also, the "ftview" command from freetype which has rendering options.

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#17 2014-03-24 19:09:47

Xelvet
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Re: Simple Font Viewer

Fontmatrix is looking good, thanks.
It doesn't support bitmap fonts. Does it?

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#18 2014-03-24 19:36:48

jasonwryan
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Re: Simple Font Viewer

Please don't necrobump, particularly with a question that a simple search would answer: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Fo … Bumping.27



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