Bug 76352 - [OS X] Ugly (too heavy) fake bold, Core Text-related
Summary: [OS X] Ugly (too heavy) fake bold, Core Text-related
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 71034
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All macOS (All)
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Assignee: Not Assigned
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Reported: 2014-03-19 11:12 UTC by Milan Bouchet-Valat
Modified: 2014-03-21 18:14 UTC (History)
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Screenshot of the bug (Geneva on top, Gentium on bottom) (26.52 KB, image/png)
2014-03-19 11:12 UTC, Milan Bouchet-Valat

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Description Milan Bouchet-Valat 2014-03-19 11:12:03 UTC
Created attachment 96036 [details]
Screenshot of the bug (Geneva on top, Gentium on bottom)

With LibreOffice 4.1.5 and 4.2.2 on Mac OS X Snow Leopard, text in bold using Gentium or Geneva font looks ugly (see attached screenshot). This bug isn't present in LibreOffice 4.0.6.

It appears that both Gentium and Geneva do not provide separate files for bold versions: there's only regular and italic. But a bold variants does exist for Gentium, though -- I guess it's somehow packaged in the same file.

(FWIW, it appears that the same problem has existed on at least some old versions of LibreOffice on Windows, not sure what the situation is today.)

I've found an old discussion about a similar problem with Geneva bold, and it was related to the fact that Carbon automatically created a pesudo-bold font, while Cocoa no longer does this. But it shouldn't be required for Gentium at least since the bold variant exists:
Comment 1 Adolfo Jayme Barrientos 2014-03-20 05:04:42 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 71034 ***
Comment 2 Milan Bouchet-Valat 2014-03-21 18:14:13 UTC
Thanks. Actually, I was mistaken about Gentium: it does not provide a bold version at all. Only Gentium Basic does, but that's a separate font.