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FS#782 - Embedding Font in Drawing

Attached to Project: QCAD
Opened by Christian Aigner (caigner) - Thursday, 07 March 2013, 09:37 GMT+2
Last edited by Andrew (andrew) - Thursday, 20 June 2013, 12:05 GMT+2
Task Type Feature Request
Category QCAD (main)
Status Closed
Assigned To Andrew (andrew)
Operating System All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version 3.0.0
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 0
Private No


Recently I ran into the problem, that the font, which I used on Linux was not installed on the Windows-Computer which is connected to the Laser-Cutter. So it was not engraved correctly.

I suggest adding an option to be able to embed a font into the drawing, so that text is rendered with the intended font regardless on which system you open the drawing.

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Closed by  Andrew (andrew)
Thursday, 20 June 2013, 12:05 GMT+2
Reason for closing:  Won't implement
Additional comments about closing:  Embedding fonts in DXF / DWG is not feasible.
Comment by Andrew (andrew) - Thursday, 07 March 2013, 09:45 GMT+2

Neither DXF nor DWG allow font embedding as far as I know.

Possible alternatives are:
- QCAD could try to look up fonts from the drawing directory. If the drawing is distributed together with the font, the drawing should then load correctly.
- QCAD could display a warning dialog which lets the user choose an alternative font or point to the right font file.

Comment by Christian Aigner (caigner) - Thursday, 07 March 2013, 13:51 GMT+2

Thanks for making that clear. What about bitmaps? Are bitmaps stored in DXF? If so, I could first enter the text in my paint program and then import the bitmap.

Comment by Christian Aigner (caigner) - Thursday, 07 March 2013, 14:30 GMT+2

Right now I am using the following work around:

I enter a text, then explode the text (into arcs, lines and splines), select everything and explode again (for the splines to be exploded as well), then create a polyline of each letter, and hatch it with a solid fill.