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What do green squares with s inside mean for a font?
« on: July 22, 2013, 03:40:52 pm »
I keep getting the error message that 2 fonts I use in a document are no longer available on my system. As you can see in the picture, they are still there in the replacement options. But what does the green square with the s inside before the font mean?

As far as I know, the fonts are ttf (at least in my font folder).

I fear that the type of font has changed and that I could loose quality when sending my doc to the printer.


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Re: What do green squares with s inside mean for a font?
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2013, 04:19:42 pm »
hello moini

afaik this green square tells you that the font is not available. scribus is a bit picky with fonts…

if the fonts are installed on the system (or stored in a place, scribus is looking for), take a look at: 'file' → 'document setup' → 'fonts' and check if the font is selected to the use! if it is and scribus doesn't find it, then i suspect a faulty font file.

if you select a font with the green square in the replacement dialog, the font will neither be embedded nor outlined in the print file. if you are really lucky, the printer wil have the font on his system and everything works well. but i would not even hope for something like this…

try to replace the faulty font file by a good one or select a font that is available an your system!



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Re: What do green squares with s inside mean for a font?
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2018, 01:45:28 pm »
it's been a long time since this thread was opened, but anyway, as this is the first context related result I got from Google in 2017, typing the keywords "scribus S fonts", and the solution posted here do not solve my problem, and as I have managed to find out a solution by myself, it may be useful for the next one searching this topic.

I had first installed the fonts I had in bulk in a folder, simply copy&pasting all the subfolders containing each font, into the .fonts folder in my home directory.
I have done this without using the terminal by doing so:
-Pressing Ctrl+H in home, will make visible all hidden folders.The way you tell Linux to create a hidden folder is simply by adding firstly a period to the folder name.
Thus, if you do not see any .fonts folder appear once you type Ctrl+H, you have to create one in your system because this is where all apps will search the fonts.
-Then you copy and paste all the folders containing the fonts in this .fonts folder, BUT from there may be the problem you are experiencing with the S font appearing in Scribus. While it's certainly better to have each font family in a different folder instead of having all the fonts files together pasted in .fonts folder, do not let the font files be located in a sub-sub-sub... folder from the first folder, i.e. do not nest too much the typeface files in order to avoid errors while loading or retrieving them from such deep locations from the system. Some of my typefaces, have been readed correctly by scribus even if they were located in a sub-sub-folder but for the two concerned by this issue, I solved it by allowing only to be present in a sub-folder of the .fonts folder as for example in my case: