Fixing a font which shows in macOS Font Book but not in macOS LibreOffice

Fonts showing in LibreOffice

The problem

As part of my project of using Linux on my GPD Pocket 2, I wanted to get LibreOffice set up in much the same way I have Pages and Keynote set up for macOS. I needed to get my templates working, including the non-standard font I prefer, MonoRale.

MonoRale is a derivative of the Raleway font, but with the "quirky" numbering and capital "W" fixed into something a little more normal.

I was puzzled because, while MonoRale works fine in macOS, and shows up in Font Book, it did not appear in LibreOffice.

The reason

I found an answer hidden away in this community support post:

Type 1 fonts are no longer supported in [LibreOffice]

I looked in Font Book and, sure enough, MonoRale was a Type 1 font.

Font Book showing MonoRale as a PostScript Type 1 font

So how to fix it?

The fix

My fix was neither clever nor automated.

MonoRale is a collection of quite a few fonts, and I opened each of the ones I care about in Font Forge, then used the "Generate font" function to export each one as a TrueType font (.ttf).

Font Forge

Some threw some errors, but not enough to stop the font from generating.

Once generated, I imported them into Font Book by double-clicking them. This confirmed the change in type:

Font Book showing change to TrueType

I restarted LibreOffice and, sure enough, there they were, ready for use.

(I converted Medium and Regular, as well as Medium Italic, Bold, and Bold Italic, and that should cover my font-style needs.)


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I'm Neil. By day, I run a law firm, decoded.legal, giving advice on Internet, telecoms, and tech law. This is my personal blog, so will be mostly about tech stuff, cycling, and other hobbies.