Font management with current office suites

Conclusions

Under Linux, almost all office suites have a sophisticated font management system that can handle even the most demanding creative tasks (see Table 1). Weaknesses are only revealed in the details: For example, not all office suites can cope with non-Roman font systems. The installation of additional fonts can be problematic if you do not want to make them available globally on the system.

Table 1

Font Management for Office Suites

 

Calligra Office

LibreOffice/OpenOffice

OnlyOffice

SoftMaker Office

WPS Office

Font selection possible

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Preview function

Yes

Yes

Limited

Yes

Yes

Integrated font management

No

No

No

Yes

No

Activate/deactivate fonts

No

No

No

Yes

No

External writing systems

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Replacement tables

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Manual selection of font directory

No

No

No

Yes

No

Deactivating unnecessary fonts that automatically end up on the mass storage device during the operating system's installation does not affect any of the candidates except SoftMaker Office. Therefore, it is recommended that you also use a program for professional font management, such as Fontmatrix. This is the only way to exploit the possibilities of creative design fully.

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