Problem with symbol fonts

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Please forgive me if I missed this topic anywhere in this forum, but I have unsuccessfully been trying to find a solution here and on other websites during the past few days. My problem: Scribus does not accept/recognize symbol fonts such as Webdings, Wingdings or Dingbats; it only shows red squares/rectangles instead of the symbols. The fonts work flawlessly in all other applications. The oft recommended "additional paths" option in settings does not do the trick (which seems logical since the respective fonts are in the same folder as the ones that do work.) After failing to solve the problem on Linux Mint I installed Scribus on Fedora, Ubuntu (both in Virtualbox) and Windows 10: The problem occurs on all operating systems. (Which is why I suspect that - given the problem's likely spread - I must have missed the somewhere in this forum.) Ideas anyone?


webdings, windgdings and dingbats are not good fonts for print.

personally, i only have dingbats and it does work on a linux install.

if i insert them through the "insert > glyph" dialog i can pick them, insert them and i see then the glyphs in the text frame...

question: do you see the fonts listed in "file > preferences > fonts"?


Wow, thank you! I would have never figured that out. (And yes, all the fonts can be found in file>prefs>fonts.) Does not seem to make sense that I cannot use the symbol fonts just like any other font, but using the glyph via insert>glyph is a workaround I can live with. Again: Thank you!  :)


This is a huge problem for me, and I've not found a solution yet.

Has anyone found a practical way to use symbol font? It seems bizarre that for one font, I have to go to the glyph menu which starts with some preliminary menu, click on a folder to get the useful menu, which has a drop down list of all fonts, so I select symbol font, and then have to select "rho" from the list of characters. That's a lot of steps each time I want to use a Greek letter in an engineering text. Would be nice if the Scribus programmers would map the Greek letters against arabic characters so symbol font could work like all the other fonts. This would seem like a problem that comes up a lot and frankly is a mistake in the software.

Could there at least be some key-stroke short cuts to enter the letters from the symbol font?