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    Font is still blurry

    Hey there...

    I am having some serious trouble with my Flash Fonts. I have downloaded FFF Fonts from flashfont.com and also some Super Flash Fonts, I have installed them, I have followed the directions on this site and also on the flashfont.com and still the font is blurry !!

    Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated...its starting to drive me mad !!

    Thanks in advance..

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    could u show some screen shots? also make sure that the text is not aligned in the middle

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    Hey...

    i've attached a flash file featuring just the text to give you a heads up on the problem.

    Thanks in advance...
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    Make Sure when you create a movie you measure your ruler unit in pixels(which is normally default). Your movie was for some reason was measuring in centimeters, to make sure its measuring in pixels make a new movie then in the properties panel there should be a button saying size: 550 x400. Click that button and select Pixels from the ruler unit menu. Also your fonts were'nt on a whole number. The x cordinate for the font in your movie was 7.921. You need to round it up so instead of 7.921 make it 7.0. Do the same for the Y co-ordiant. The font you used was FFF Excecutive which needs be be at size 8 not 10. Also make sure u dont resize pixel fonts using the resize tool. Hope this helps.

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    Hey thankyou for all the tips... much appreciated !!

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    np so i guessed its working fine now right?

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    Sure is...changed the cm to pixels and it worked a treat :-)

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    Although this post is *old* it remains a sticky. I'm having blurred fonts with these criteria:

    1) FFF Executive font 8px.
    2) Ruler in Pixels
    3) Font nested in MC. MC position is 349,200. Text inside is 0,0
    4) Anti-Aliasing is turned off (ie crisp)
    5) I have 5 buttons, all the same font/settings, and only two are blurry. Even so, they all fall on the guidelines stated in this thread.

    Thanks for the help,
    DaVuLf

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    yeah happens to me sometimes as well not sure why ... and then when I copy one of the texts that are crisp and just move it into the same spot as blurry one and retype new text works fine ... so I kind of had to replace it that fixes it ...

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    Is it simply blurry while editing, or is it blurry after publishing? I know Flash as a few little glitches when it comes to the editing side, but they normally disappear after publishing.


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    nope ... doesn't go away .... and I can never get the font to look crisp as when using "dynamic text" then I specify details through css and looks great ... if I use static fonts they always look crap and too thick/bold and messy ...

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    Trippin, I agree. In fact, I had to offset some of my pixel fonts by 0.5px in order to get them to function. Even when the main mc is situated on a whole number. Quite odd really.

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    When loading a movieclip into another movie, text gets blurred

    I've seen several people have had this problem, even when everything else is correct (pixel size 8, bitmap text, everything in integer coordinates etc).

    For me, the problem disappeared when I saved the files as Flash MX instead of Flash 8. Hope this works for others as well.

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    Unfortunately if you're using AS2.0 then that may not work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mxkidz
    Ive seen frets a few times here but never seen squink.
    What does 'squink' mean, my dictionary doesn't know.

    Also,
    i heard font manager, fontfolio and adobe fontographer enable you to create fonts on your own, true?
    Well, the latter 2 don't work on my winXP, dunno why :-s

    Anyone knows another font creator software application?
    Can it be done with Photoshop/ ImageReady as well?, if so, should i just rename the psd extension to .ttf or so?, or how?

    Also, i heard there is crisp pixel fonts? what is that and what is the oposite/ alternative version? (http://www.flashkit.com/links/Fonts/Tools/ which is the most complex?)

    Also, i used to use .ttf files, but Flash 8 can handle all other font extensions as well?

    Actually what i think is not that awsome, is that i always summarize important programming language/ and adobe and macromedia suite information, but no one else does, actually, was searching for a font summarizing. D'yaHaveIt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mxkidz
    It should be mentioned.
    Not all sites offer them here is a few

    http://www.dafont.com/en/bitmap.php (some fonts will fill in flash)
    http://www.orgdot.com/aliasfonts/
    http://www.fontsforflash.com
    Pardon me?, fill in Flash?, you mean that even after embedding the font in Flash, there is a possibility the font won't be displayed? If so, how come?
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    font creating:

    Use the tools:
    - fontfolio
    - fontcreator
    - font manager
    - fontgrapher
    - pixfont

    Font displaying tips:
    Is it minimal at the minimum size of the font? (mostly 8px or 10px)
    Did you stretch, skew, tween, align, scroll, etc the characters?
    By defaut the anchor point in Flash 8 should always be upper left.
    When you exported the swf was the object embed an exact fit?
    Set character size to an integer number.
    Use pixels instead of cm.
    Use anti-aliasing text, thus do not use crisp, sharpening and bold when the character is bigger than 24 pixels. The reason to use pixel fonts is it uses aliasing (using crisp)
    Publishing from Flash 8 to MX might solve the font to be displayed or set to 'Low quality'.
    Another way to prevent fill ins is to remove overlaps. This is a bug in flash when it detects overlaps it fills the counters of that object.
    Aliasing are effects produced when visual information is presented at a lower than optimal resolution.

    Font types:
    - vector font
    - bitmap font (aka pixel fonts): remain crisp at low resolution
    = true type font
    = open type font
    - Super Pixel Fonts are high definition pixel fonts which combine the crispness and clarity of pixel fonts with the smoothness of regular fonts. The results give you the best of both worlds, optimized for screen resolution. With these use of these fonts, your text can now look almost as clear on screen as it is on printed text.





    Flash font sites:
    - http://www.flashloaded.com/
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    Source:
    - http://www.wpdfd.com/wpdtypo3.htm
    everything 'bout aliasing characters
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    i am doing font Creator 5 full version: http://www.high-logic.com/fcp.html

    It seems i can create a font by adding an image :-s.
    Creating straight lines from points for creating a character, similar to drawing a font using Macromedia fontoGrapher would be done by the point tool in the 'standard' bar/ panel. How to create curved lines from point to point?

    Also, i want vector characters. Is the right method then to draw a 10 px character using the path pen tool (and other path vector tools) in Illustrator, then export to .png format 8-bits, highest quality, 300 dpi?
    Cuz am running scared the .ttf file gets humongous, since each character would exist of one .png file with high quality. 24x2 alpha characters + like 30 interpunction characters.

    Please help, i want to create a font with curved lines but dunno how to.
    (this is the help panel: http://www.high-logic.com/fontcreator/manual/index.html and it doesn't tell me how to draw curved lines, on that site go to: editing fonts, editing glyphs. They're talking about points)
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    actually since I switched to flash 8 I haven't had problems .. fonts work well ... they take up a lot of space but still ... no blur problems .. nice and crisp pixel fonts ... try it ...

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    thanks, ic. I see people on this thread use the sentence: font doesn't fill in Flash.

    what do they mean, Sir?
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