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07-25-2001, 11:49 PM
Hey there...

I need to use the font MS Sans Serrif in my Flash piece to recreate certain Windows elements (buttons, menu items ect).

However when I try to find MS Sans Serrif in my font list in Flash, it's not there.

I have the font installed on my machine (obviously).

Does anyone know why Flash won't let me select system fonts? It's crucial I use the proper font...no substitutions.


07-26-2001, 07:04 AM
My Theory:

Because MS Sans Serif is a bitmap font, and Flash only works with vector based TTF fonts. The 'so called' pixel fonts around these days are actually vector fonts.

So basically the answer is you can't. Unless you either convert the bitmap font to a vector one (but this would be EXETREMELY difficult) or do all the text as GIFs.

07-26-2001, 07:14 PM
Excellent... thanx for that explanation.

I have used the Flash '_sans' font instead. It looks a little dodgy but it will do the job for now. I also realised that because Flash handles text very badly, I wouldn't be able to get the alised looks with the Windows text and anti-aliased with the other text.

I hope Flash 6 improves it's text handling big time. We don't always want all our text to be aliased or anti-alised.

07-26-2001, 07:18 PM
Have you looked at the pixel fonts at http://www.miniml.com (as used in my footer) and in the music players on my site: