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Hi,

How can I make sure that the font I am using in my application always will be available on other computers? Should I link it as a ressource? And how do I do that?
I am using Delphi 1.0.

Thanks,

/Pede
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hi pede,

if you were working 32bit I'd directed you to :
http://www.bhnet.com.br/~simonet/archive/portfont.zip

but for D1, look at this source :

How can my app use MY FONTS? not user's

From: choate@cswnet.com (Brad Choate)

Can someone please tell me the neatest way to make sure my app uses
fonts that I can provide, rather than the nearest font the user has
installed on their system?  I have tried copying a #.ttf file into the
users windows\system directory but the app still can't pick it up.

The following is some Delphi 1 code that I have used for successfully installing dynamic fonts that are only
loaded while the application is running. You can place the font file(s) within the application directory. It will be
installed when the form loads and unloaded once the form is destroyed. You may need to modify the code to
work with Delphi 2 since it calls various Windows API calls that may or may not have changed. Where you see
"..." in the code, that is just to identify that other code can be placed there.

Of course, substitute "MYFONT" for the name of your font file.



type
TForm1=class( TForm )
procedure FormCreate(Sender: TObject);
procedure FormDestroy(Sender: TObject);
.
private
{ Private declarations }
bLoadedFont: boolean;
public
{ Public declarations }
end;

procedure TForm1.FormCreate(Sender: TObject);

var
sAppDir: string;
sFontRes: string;

begin
sAppDir := Application.ExeName;
sAppDir := copy( sAppDir, 1, rpos( '\', sAppDir ) );

sFontRes := sAppDir + 'MYFONT.FOT';
if not FileExists( sFontRes ) then
begin
sFontRes := sFontRes + #0;
sFont := sAppDir + 'MYFONT.TTF' + #0;
CreateScalableFontResource( 0, @sFontRes[ 1 ], @sFont[ 1 ], nil );
end;

sFontRes := sAppDir + 'MYFONT.FOT';
if FileExists( sFontRes ) then
begin
sFontRes := sFontRes + #0;
if AddFontResource( @sFontRes[ 1 ] ) = 0 then
bLoadedFont := false
else
begin
bLoadedFont := true;
SendMessage( HWND_BROADCAST, WM_FONTCHANGE, 0, 0 );
end;
end;

.
end;

procedure TForm1.FormDestroy(Sender: TObject);

var
sFontRes: string;

begin
if bLoadedFont then
begin
sFontRes := sAppDir + 'MYFONT.FOT' + #0;
RemoveFontResource( @sFontRes[ 1 ] );
SendMessage( HWND_BROADCAST, WM_FONTCHANGE, 0, 0 );
end;
end;

ps. First test the code, because I don't know if this works.

ZiF.


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Hello you two.... I just wanted to say why do all that work when you need only one line of code to do that... Inprise have thought of that already :-)

And here is the line of code you need...

Form1.Font.Pitch := fpVariable;

Set this property to all form's Font property and there you have it... It updates the appropriate fonts depending on the resolution of the computer...
Hope this helps....

Cheers,
Viktor
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by:ZifNab
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viktor,

 I don't think this works in D1.
 Besides, Pede asked how to make it so that on all PC's his own font-type (e.g. Arial, Roman, ... own made...) will be used.

Zif.
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by:pede
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Yep - this is what I was looking for :)

/Pede
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