Pleeeease fix the kerning!!!

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Pleeeease fix the kerning!!!

Post by simwin » Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:55 am

Please fix the kerning of letters! In zoom less then 120% it loooks awful for Times New Roman!
I've not checked it for Windows, but I think there will be the same.
That's fair for both Freeoffice and Softmaker Office.

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Re: Pleeeease fix the kerning!!!

Post by sven-l » Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:15 pm

Have you activated Kerning in Format=>Characters? Could you please attach a screenshot and a sample file demonstrating the problem?
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Re: Pleeeease fix the kerning!!!

Post by strangenoises » Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:28 pm

I found this question amusing because I actually just discovered FreeOffice after finally despairing of LibreOffice's terrible kerning bug on HiDPI screens, and I was enjoying the timeless charms of a WYSIWIG wordprocessor where the text actually looked good again!

It may or may not be perfect at smaller text/display sizes. Font hinting is a delicate art, and if SoftMaker are hand-rolling their own (which would at least give cross-platform consistency) what you might be seeing is it just being a touch different from that which you're used to because it's native to your platform. It's still miles and miles better than LibreOffice.

(Maybe it wasn't the case, but I note kerning seems to be enabled by default in the default template's Normal style. Looks OK in Times New Roman too - I'd switched to another font as a matter of course because the TNR font itself is just horrible.)

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