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Fonts/Characters - Troubleshooting Guide

Katalin Borszeki

Postscript Fonts are not displayed in PDF

For this issue, please see the PDF Troubleshooting Guide

Special Characters on Mac

Affected version: 16 | Severity: workaround applicable | ID: 158311
wp-content_uploads_2016_06_Info_18x18.png NOTE: This issue was fixed in ARCHICAD 17 release version.
Special language characters do not appear right in texts on Mac.



A possible cause is that the language settings of your system do not match the input language you use


In System preferences under Language & Text settings, set the desired language first in the Language tab, and also check the checkbox of the wanted language in Input Sources tab.

Lithuanian character problem

Affected version: 16 | Severity:workaround applicable | ID: 156033
wp-content_uploads_2016_06_Info_18x18.png NOTE: This issue was fixed in ARCHICAD 17 release version.
It is not possible to write in Lithuanian language ( which belongs to Central Europe CE or Baltic) in the project info box, navigator, zones and so on. Its not possible to get any special character in fields. Lithuanian language is selected and placed on top of all others. Under format region Lithuania selected too. Input menu Lithuanian keyboard. So all the things that should impact the program is set up, but no results. There is no problem to write in Lithuanian language on the plan using text tool.



This setting should work, but they do not, because the baltic languages are not script based but unicode based.


  • Step1: In System preferences / International / Language first is Lietuviu (Lithuanian). This is correct on the screenshot.
  • Step2: logout and login
  • Step3: this can solve the problem:
Please set Hungarian or Czech language for the second language.

Cyrillic Font Problems



While using Cyrillic names and parameters, the text turn into unreadable characters.
wp-content_uploads_2016_06_Info_18x18.png NOTE: The Cyrillic alphabet is used by a wide variety of Slavic languages—Belarusian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Russian, Rusyn, Serbian, and Ukrainian—as well as many other languages of the former Soviet Union, Asia and Eastern Europe.



The reason is that the needed character sets are not setup.



Cyrillic character settings on Windows

The "Regional and Language Options" set in the Control Panel is as follow:
  • In the ARCHICAD folder is a folder calls Add-Ons. Double click on it and in the XReadCfg.txt.file setup the ID for 7.
wp-content_uploads_2016_06_Info_18x18.png NOTE: this is the conversion ID for Russia and Bulgaria etc.
  • Access the registry, select "RUN" command in the Start menu, and type "regedit".
Then set registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Graphisoft\ARCHICAD\ARCHICAD 11.0.0 INT R1\Font Description\Font Script Code to 204.(Russian Character set)
After all this steps, ARCHICAD will recognize all the parameters.

Cyrillic character settings on Mac

wp-content_uploads_2016_06_Info_18x18.png NOTE: on Mac is no registry available.
  • open the system preferences
  • select the international icon
  • edit list (select the language, for example Russian)
  • make sure, that the selected language is in the first position
After this steps restart the computer.

Mac Text Problems



  • When migrating projects from ARCHICAD13 to a later version, text base line or row spacing changes
  • Some Fonts lose the "bold" or "italic" options
  • Some Text's font changes - original font is not available, and is replaced by something else
  • With black background, caret (AKA. "blinking cursor") is not visible



ARCHICAD 13 (which was a Carbon application) used the ATSUI Text engine, which is being phased out. Since version 14 ARCHICAD is a Cocoa application, it uses the Core Text text engine, which is used by most of the current Mac applications. Some older fonts are not fully compatible with the new text engine.



Check the Font in TextEdit, Apple's own text editor program, which also uses Core Text. If the problem comes there too, then more than likely you need to replace the font with a newer version. Get in touch with the publisher of the font.You can tell the publisher, and the published date of a Font by right-clicking the Font file, and clicking Get Info. (Font files are either in /Library/Fonts, /System/Library/Fonts or Userhome/Library/Fonts) Any font published after 2006 has a better chance to work with Core Text. It's best to use Fonts that come installed with OSX.For example a font similar to the commonly used "Mr. Hand" can be downloaded for free at this link: "Flux"This site also has a good set of free fonts.


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