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#11 warmbreezes@earthlink.net


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Posted 21 March 2019 - 05:31 PM

Thank you TJ, that was helpful.  I had copied all my Mac fonts into the Wine-Windows font folder, and after reading your post I did it the other way as well, copying the four or five fonts that were in the Wine-Windows font folder into my Mac-Fonts folder. I am only using one machine (a macbook) so didn't  need to copy things to a thumb drive.  (By the way you were not the one I was referring to above).


Thank you Roy, that is a very thorough answer, I will look into some of those options, and I agree with you about the Mac version being just okay. It's a good start, but the Windows version layout requires a lot less clicking around, as things are at your fingertips in the layouts, the ability to pin and unpin windows is very useful, as are the tabs lining up along the side where they are still accessible.  Little things perhaps, but make a big difference when you are researching and going back and forth a lot to different resources. Additionally, I find there are less compatibility issues and a more robust selection of modules available in the Windows version, as well as most tutorials out there for beginning/advanced users (including the tutorials on the e-Sword website itself) are based on the Windows version only. The mac GUI is different enough to render the Windows tutorials somewhat unusable for a beginning e-Sword X user. I'm sure that e-Sword X  GUI  will get there one day, but it's definitely not as convenient to use or as robust as the Windows version. Hence, like you, my personal preference to be able to use both. Just my opinions.  


For anyone reading this post in the future, there is one training video available at this time for e-Sword X put out by Kevin Purcell which you might find useful:



As to my original question, I am happy to report that I found a solution(s) to the font rendering issue, which I will detail in another post very soon.


Thank you again

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 06:37 PM



Step 1:

Open the Wine Stable 4.0 application, which brings up a Wine terminal window

Type at the prompt:  winecfg

This brings up a windows Wine Configuration dialogue box

Click on the graphics tab

Click to select the "Emulate a virtual desktop" option

Set the screen resolution to 120 dpi

Click Apply

Close the window


Step 2: 

This is a known bug, with a workaround to fix it

The fix is that you need to downgrade to XQuartz 2.7.9 which is available here:



bug report at wineHQ:

Wine with freetype 2.7 causes font rendering issues



WineHQ forum post:




I will note that even after applying these fixes, Wine still only seems to use one font, regardless of which font is selected in the dialogue box, but it’s not bad, and you can adjust the size, etc. as usual within the e-Sword application. I decided I didn’t care about the not being able to change fonts issue (it may be something on my machine, you may not have this problem), as these fixes improved the appearance so much. It is definitely livable now, and I can get back to using e-Sword for what it was intended for.  I also have not gotten far enough to know if Hebrew and Greek fonts will render appropriately or not with these fixes.   


I do have duplicate font files in both my Mac-Fonts and the .wine-Windows-Fonts folders, dont know if that is affecting anything.  Blessings, and I hope someone finds this useful either now or in the future.   

Edited by warmbreezes@earthlink.net, 21 March 2019 - 06:43 PM.

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 09:09 PM

one more quick tidbit.... it seems that Crossover using CodeWeavers is just a front software running on WINE.  It is also a pay-for program and Wine is free.  So for me, it's just as easy to use Wine (WineHQ.org) since they are baically the same thing. Just FYI

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