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Old 05-10-2020, 01:58 AM   #1
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How do you get true bold and italics in Moon+ Reader?

I think Moon+ Reader is the very best in the Android e-reader business, for any format, because of the extreme flexibility it gives you when choosing your reading options. Want the status bar on top? Done. There are a thousand and one little options that make it a serious e-reading app.

But Moon+ has a big niggle, and that is its inability to detect bold and italic variations of a given font. Quoting myself from a recent post:

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Somewhat related, but I find that in Moon+, italics and bolded text will NOT display in their true forms, but rather pseudo-bold and pseudo-italic, even if all the font files are present on the device.

Suppose I have Adobe Caslon Regular, Bold, Italic and Bold Italic TTF files. All of them show up separately in the font picker, not as one single Adobe Caslon font. If I choose the Regular file in the font picker, I am never going to see the true italic and bold fonts, even though my device has them, but only the faux versions created by Moon+. This is especially infuriating for DOCXs, PDFs and TXTs, where I sometimes use Moon+ in order to experiment with fonts. But it seems there is no way to get true italics or bold, unless it is applied to the entire text, which is not what you want.

This is a shame, because no other app I know of has so many customisation features for the text, menus, status bars, gestures and suchlike.
I would be grateful if someone figured out a way to get all the bolds and italics for a single font. When others like FBReader and Librera are able to do this for custom fonts, I don’t see why Moon+ should not be able to.

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Old 05-10-2020, 12:47 PM   #2
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I think Moon+ Reader is the very best in the Android e-reader business, for any format, because of the extreme flexibility it gives you when choosing your reading options. Want the status bar on top? Done. There are a thousand and one little options that make it a serious e-reading app.

But Moon+ has a big niggle, and that is its inability to detect bold and italic variations of a given font. Quoting myself from a recent post:



I would be grateful if someone figured out a way to get all the bolds and italics for a single font. When others like FBReader and Librera are able to do this for custom fonts, I don’t see why Moon+ should not be able to.
No help as I am able to select semi-bold or bold or italic with MR pro font selection dialogue. I've installed Geogia-Pro, Bookerly, Verdana-pro, literata, literata-bookerly & some others. My font choice is the semi-bold type.
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It works fine with any added full set of fonts, you just have to add 4 files per font to have the four variants, and copy them to where moon can access them
So I can have regular, italic, bold, and bold plus italic for e.g. bookerly
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Moon+ Reader does this just fine with a complete set of fonts. Have you checked for identical spelling of the four files?
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It works fine with any added full set of fonts, you just have to add 4 files per font to have the four variants, and copy them to where moon can access them
So I can have regular, italic, bold, and bold plus italic for e.g. bookerly
I have made an important discovery. Just having four font files is never going to be enough. For them to be detected by Moon+ as four variations of the same font, they absolutely MUST be named as Font.otf (or .ttf), Font-Italic.otf, Font-Bold.otf and Font-BoldItalic.otf. The hyphens are necessary and there cannot be a space between Bold and Italic. No other naming conventions are acceptable.

This is the case with some other e-reader apps as well. I have also confirmed this for ALReader, which has the further restrictions that the fonts can only be TTFs (OTFs are not acceptable), and they must only be in the sdcard/fonts folder. (You cannot choose the folder like Moon+.)

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Old 05-21-2020, 04:07 AM   #6
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As you already found out, naming is the key in Moon+. In Librera Reader it's easier, there you can define any font you want per font style.
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