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Font selection bug?

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asked Nov 3, 2015 in Notion by peteraschbacher (760 points)
This seems to be a bug: When I select a page text like the Page Title and try to assign another font to it, the font list at the right-hand side of the program window cannot be scrolled. So if I have a lot of fonts installed on my computer, I cannot reach any font beyond the letter A!

The object fonts can be generally assigned in the Full Score Options dialog. However, when I select another font for the Title in this dialog, it will not be applied IF I have changed the Title font before with the font list on the right-hand side of the program window!

Can anyone confirm this?

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answered Nov 4, 2015 by brianmeisner1 (194,600 points)
When using the fonts in Notion 5, there are a few things that you will want to be aware of.

1.  When you choose a font from Score>Full Score Options>Fonts, this font will  be assigned to your score globally.

2.  If you wish to over-ride the global assignment of a font for one particular item, you can click that item so that the font window appears over on the right-hand side of the screen.  From that window, you should be able to press the icon of the up/down arrow and select your font from the list.  I have tested this on Mac and Windows and the font list shows up for the title on both systems.  I suspect that there may be an issue with your font folder or the location of your fonts and that you are using a Mac.  If you do not get a list of all of your fonts, please submit a support ticket from my.presonus.com so that we can get all of the necessary information about your system to assist with your fonts.  

3.  Once you specify a change in a font for a particular item, changing the font in the Full Score Options menu will not change that font.  You will have to change it individually.
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answered Nov 5, 2015 by peteraschbacher (760 points)
edited Nov 5, 2015 by peteraschbacher

@brianmeisner1 Technically speaking, the font list is not a window but a semi-transparent popup menu:

As you can see, the bottom arrow of the menu is not displayed because the height of the popup menu is calculated wrongly because I have a desktop toolbar attached at the top of my screen. When I temporarily remove the desktop toolbar (which I will not do permanently), then the bottom arrow is displayed:

The Windows API offers several methods to calculate the desktop height, obviously Notion does not take into account the correct desktop height because of the desktop toolbar and by using the wrong API call.

HOWEVER, selecting a font by using such a popup menu is a COMPLETELY WRONG design decision because it is very INEFFICIENT: It took me OVER 4 MINUTES to scroll down the whole font list!!

On the Windows platform, the standard method for selecting a font is a FONT SELECTOR DIALOG which is provided by the Windows API itself, for example:

This API call has several options for the elements to display in this dialog. This method of font selection is much more efficient than the popup-menu currently used by Notion.

Look here for example:

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ms646958(v=vs.85).aspx

Please forward this to your development team.

(In addition of being a musician I am also a software engineer with a lot of experience in the field of user interfaces)

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