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StrongED char size

Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:30 pm
by ga5941
Just downloaded the new RISC OS RC-14 and transfered the .img to my RPi 2. It boots up FAST! Still experimenting but having trouble reading the display in full size StrongED. Is there any way to increase the size of the characters short of displaying on a larger TV? Am now using a 20" HDTV.

Re: StrongED char size

Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:19 pm
by SEDev
StrongED can display text in three different font types:

- System font - Built-in bitmap font drawn by OS
- Bitmap fonts - Custom bitmap fonts drawn by StrongED
- Outline fonts - Scalable fonts drawn by the FontManager

I don't know what version of StrongED is included in RC-14 but I assume it's 4.69f7, the latest stable release. The only font type that can be scaled in 4.69f7 is the Outline fonts, the other types are either 8x8 or the default 8x16 (the latest test release can use bitmap fonts of other sizes).

To change the size of the outline font do as follows:

- Open the mode choices by clicking Adjust (right mouse button) on the 'tick' icon on the toolbar at top of window.
- Click on Font to open the font section.
- In Display font, make sure Outline is selected.
- You can select an outline font using the menu on the right.
- In Outline font size, adjust the width and height as required.
- Once you're happy with the settings, click OK to apply them. Click Save to make the settings permanent.

You may want click on OK/Save using Adjust so that the window stays open. That way you can make further changes very quickly.

It's important to note though that outline fonts are still a bit experimental. They are OK for reading text and simple editing. Advanced things like block editing or rectangular selections have issues, especially with proportional fonts. StrongED wasn't really designed with outline fonts in mind.

HTH

Re: StrongED char size

Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 2:21 am
by ga5941
Thanks for your solution to my font size problem. However, I found out another way before your response arrived
in a book, "Teach Yourself Visually Raspberry Pi" by Richard Wentk. In a web browser I visited
http://elinux.org/RPi_config.txt. For my TV I picked out hdmi_group=2 and resolution hdmi_mode=16 to produce
screen resolution 1024x768 @ 60Hz.

Then edited the config.txt file to change the #hdmi_group=1 line to: hdmi_group=2 and changed the #hdmi_mode=1
line to: hdmi_mode=16. Then rebooted.

Other resolution were possible but these values produced pleasant and readable characters on my TV screen.
ga5941