Regular Font with Bold in ODT Files on Mac and OpenSuSE with LibreOffice


I have already create many files with LibreOffice on OpenSuSE. When I open them on OS X with LibreOffice 4.3.3.2 for Mac OS X, anything being formatted with bold and shadow are displayed improperly. I can hardly read them.

2015/3/23: It has been fixed in 4.4.0.3. Everything is displayed properly now.

Regular Font with Bold Displayed on LibreOffice for Linux, Mac, and PDF generated by LibreOffice for Mac.
Regular Font with Bold Displayed on LibreOffice for Linux, Mac, and PDF generated by LibreOffice for Mac.

Font Issue

Although I may see WenQuanYi Micro Hei in pull-down menu, there is no font setting for Asian text in [Paragraph Style] dialog. You need to manually enable [Asian] in [Default languages for documents] in [LibreOffice] → [Preferences…] → [Language Settings] → [Languages]. Now you will see [Asian text format] in [Paragraph Style] dialog.

Because I use WenQuanYi Micro Hei on OpenSuSE, I decide to download the free WenQuanYi Micro Hei (文泉驿开源矢量中文字体) and install on OS X. After download and unzip, double-click on the ttc file to install. You may use Font Book in Applications to confirm.

If you don’t want to install extra fonts, you may use [LibreOffice] → [Preferences…] → [LibreOffice] → [Fonts] to create and apply replacement table.

Do I solve my problem? No, it still display regular font with bold and shadow too thick.

Lack of Core Text Support

This issue is similar to Fake bold font is too thick on LibreOffice and has been submit as a bug on Bug 71034 – [OS X] Ugly (too heavy) fake bold on single-styled fonts, Core Text-related on freedesktop.org.

I also test with OpenOffice 4.1.1 for Mac OS X. It’s better than LibreOffice 4.3.3.2 but still difficult to read. Bold font is too thick on OpenOffice forum is discussing this issue.

It is said that this is due to incomplete implementation of CoreText support and won’t bold thickness properly.

Notes

I will update in this post when I found a solution.

2015/3/23: It has been fixed in 4.4.0.3. Everything is displayed properly now.

Reference

  1. freedesktop.org: Bugzilla: Bug 71034 – [OS X] Ugly (too heavy) fake bold on single-styled fonts, Core Text-related
  2. LibreOffice
  3. LibreOffice: Fake bold font is too thick
  4. OpenOffice
  5. OpenOffice: Forum: Bold font is too thick
  6. OpenSuSE
  7. Wiki: OpenDocument
  8. Wiki: OS X: 5.12 Version 10.10: “Yosemite”
  9. 文泉驿:文泉驿开源矢量中文字体
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