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cizko

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FontMaker for Chameleon2 Bootmanager Fonts
« on: June 24, 2009, 05:42:43 AM »
Hi guys!

I had some spare time that past weekend, so I tried designing my own bootloader theme. I found the task of putting together font-graphics in photoshop quite time intensive, so I sat down and coded a fontmaker for my own personal use at first. Then I figured that some of you guys out there might need such a tool too, to quickly check, whether a font is working for a design or not. While looking for free fronts to test it with, I stumbled upon an Internet site, offering 6000+ free TTF fonts. So I wrote a quick page-ripper script and got them all... Finally, I put it all together and uploaded it to a currently unused domain, so enough talking - here it is:

http://www.cyberdisk.de  ;D

Cheers, cizko

PS: I did not find any info on the copyright of the Chameleon logo, so I used it in the header gfx. If that bothers anybody, just let me know and I will have it removed again...  ::)
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Blackosx

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Re: FontMaker for Chameleon2 Bootmanager Fonts
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2009, 08:19:20 AM »
Hi cizko

Pure Genius! Well done.
I have just tested and it works perfectly. You have just made font creation so easy.
 ;D
« Last Edit: June 24, 2009, 08:27:41 AM by Blackosx »
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cizko

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Re: FontMaker for Chameleon2 Bootmanager Fonts
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2009, 12:08:09 PM »
Pure Genius! Well done.
I have just tested and it works perfectly. You have just made font creation so easy.
 ;D

Thanks Blackosx - coming from the über-master of great designs, this is one hell of a compliment... *gg*  ;)
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Re: FontMaker for Chameleon2 Bootmanager Fonts
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2009, 01:17:00 PM »
Careful cizko!

Free doesn't automatically mean you can violate their copyright, should they maintain that. Often, those "free" things are only free under special conditions, e.g. you may use them privately only, but once you use/show them publically on the web, you violate that.

And if you, as an apparent German reader, read the c't Magazin regularly, you should have noticed that there are actually companies that make their money thru this: They suggest to people they can use their free pictures, only to send them a big fee once these pics appear in a Myspace account as a background picture or something like that.

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Re: FontMaker for Chameleon2 Bootmanager Fonts
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2009, 01:20:41 PM »
Thanks Blackosx - coming from the über-master of great designs, this is one hell of a compliment... *gg*  ;)

Thanks for the comment, but I wouldn't call myself a master, like you I am just giving back to the community. :)
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cizko

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Re: FontMaker for Chameleon2 Bootmanager Fonts
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2009, 01:54:00 PM »

And if you, as an apparent German reader, read the c't Magazin regularly, you should have noticed that there are actually companies that make their money thru this: They suggest to people they can use their free pictures, only to send them a big fee once these pics appear in a Myspace account as a background picture or something like that.


Yeah I read the article in c't magazine that you are referring to. I found these fonts on websitepublicity.com, which is actually a seo company. They are boostig their own click rates by offering a load of free stuff to get many hits via google. It is a collection - better a compilation of fonts from different authors and not an archive that is specially licensed under any terms. Yet I filed them an email where I asked them to clear the special purpose usecase for "their" fonts. Good point, tempolo - thanks for the hint.
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Re: FontMaker for Chameleon2 Bootmanager Fonts
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2009, 01:59:13 PM »
Thanks Blackosx - coming from the über-master of great designs, this is one hell of a compliment... *gg*  ;)

Thanks for the comment, but I wouldn't call myself a master, like you I am just giving back to the community. :)

That's the spirit!  ;D

But I do personally think, that your designs currently rule the chameleon2 skinning community for they are very professional in terms of graphical composition and design. I especially like BigScreen (even though it won't be an appropriate theme for my lenoso s10e netbook... *ggg* But since I will be building a new hackintosh *pro*  tomorrow. that will be the theme to use with that one. Too bad that you can not install chameleon on a regular mac instead of the bootcamp loader. Otherwise I would be running this thing on my macbook and my mini as well....
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Re: FontMaker for Chameleon2 Bootmanager Fonts
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2009, 02:55:59 PM »
Cheers cizko, you're very kind.
BigScreen is also my favourite and I use that too. :)

Good luck with the new build.
« Last Edit: June 24, 2009, 03:01:44 PM by Blackosx »
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cizko

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Re: FontMaker for Chameleon2 Bootmanager Fonts
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2009, 04:50:04 PM »
Good luck with the new build.

its gonna be a triple screen, 8gig ram, 2tb raid-harddisk & core2quad 3ghz monster...  8)

so i guess "BIG Screen" is appropriate here.... *ggg*

keep up the good work!
« Last Edit: June 24, 2009, 04:56:58 PM by cizko »
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Re: FontMaker for Chameleon2 Bootmanager Fonts
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2009, 02:01:40 PM »
Great job - it's very helpfull tool
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Re: FontMaker for Chameleon2 Bootmanager Fonts
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2009, 11:15:13 PM »
Great job - it's very helpfull tool

thanks mate, it's nice of you saying that!  :D
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Re: FontMaker for Chameleon2 Bootmanager Fonts
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2009, 04:55:41 PM »
you rule

thanks

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Re: FontMaker for Chameleon2 Bootmanager Fonts
« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2009, 04:46:40 PM »
Really useful actually, saves loads of time and no need to search for fonts either. Although I do have a slight complaint. When doing a black font the anti-aliasing is rendered on a white background. It's ok on a light background but still shines through quite alot and if you use white font there is not anti-aliasing at all since the same problem is in there. Any chance you could improve that? Still really useful and you can always use alpha channel to redo the font you're looking for if you use black background.
And I own you a thanks for saving my time

cizko

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Re: FontMaker for Chameleon2 Bootmanager Fonts
« Reply #13 on: July 08, 2009, 02:19:55 AM »
When doing a black font the anti-aliasing is rendered on a white background. It's ok on a light background but still shines through quite alot and if you use white font there is not anti-aliasing at all since the same problem is in there. Any chance you could improve that? Still really useful and you can always use alpha channel to redo the font you're looking for if you use black background.

I ran into a problem with php's gdlib when using 24bit pngs, so I stuck with 8bit pngs for the first release. I am not sure whether the white anti-aliasing derives from 8 bit png's not seeming to fully support alpha channel, or if this is a problem with gd's internal text rendering procedures. I will look into that some time soon...   
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Re: FontMaker for Chameleon2 Bootmanager Fonts
« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2009, 06:22:27 PM »
I ran into a problem with php's gdlib when using 24bit pngs, so I stuck with 8bit pngs for the first release. I am not sure whether the white anti-aliasing derives from 8 bit png's not seeming to fully support alpha channel, or if this is a problem with gd's internal text rendering procedures. I will look into that some time soon...   

Hello, I believe the alpha channel for 8bits png is 1bit only (like for GIF), so no antialiasing is possible with it, but should be with 24bits png.
I was also wondering, would be possible to have 16/10 resize option to fit widescreens?