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Hello experts,

I need my three special, self-designed pixel font in *.fon-format, installed on my windows 10, which is visible in the Windows Font folder, also deployed in "FontViewer", (and, under Windows 7, by Micrografx PicturePublisher).

Regrettably, Paint.net ignores this one and other pixel fonts.

Is there ane solution in sight?

Thanks in advance,


Edited by archlingo
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Fonts of the *.FON variety have essentially been deprecated by Microsoft, as their newer DirectWrite renderer does not support them. Paint.NET can't use them because of that, and it would unfortunately be an enormous amount of engineering to support them. It would require adding an additional system for rendering text using GDI. It's possible, but from my experience GDI text rendering is fickle, archaic, and error prone. There isn't enough demand or benefit here to justify doing that. Useful, yes, certainly, but not useful or important enough, sadly.

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