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Notepad++ and line height (leading)

07
Aug

Quick note to self: If you set your Notepad++ fonts to smaller sizes (say 8 points) the editor still seems to have really big line-heights which leaves lots of white space. To decrease the line-height and minimize the white space, go to the Settings -> Style Configurator and under Global Styles, select the “Brace highlight style” and set it to a smaller font size. By default it is set at 12 points, which is too much for smaller fonts.

Change Nmap/Zenmap fonts on Windows

05
Dec

Application design is very important. The user-interface (UI) for applications should be clean and easy to read, and the font choices (while subject to personal preference) is critical. Some applications do a great job while others, especially apps that are designed for cross-platform use, tend to be hit or miss. Nmap, which is an excellent network diagnosis tool, is a great application but the choice of monospace font on the Windows platform (Courier New) is dismal. Fortunately, it’s easy to change this. Simply open the file pango.aliases (usually found in C:\Program Files\Nmap\zenmap\etc\pango\) and edit the line that reads

monospace = "courier new,courier monothai,mingliu,simsun, ...

Just add whatever font you want for the monospace font at the beginning of the quoted string. For example, to use Microsoft’s new open-type Consolas, simply change that line to read:

monospace = "consolas,courier new,courier monothai,mingliu,simsun, ...

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Change Nmap/Zenmap fonts on Windows

05
Dec

Application design is very important. The user-interface (UI) for applications should be clean and easy to read, and the font choices (while subject to personal preference) is critical. Some applications do a great job while others, especially apps that are designed for cross-platform use, tend to be hit or miss. Nmap, which is an excellent network diagnosis tool, is a great application but the choice of monospace font on the Windows platform (Courier New) is dismal. Fortunately, it’s easy to change this. Simply open the file pango.aliases (usually found in C:\Program Files\Nmap\zenmap\etc\pango\) and edit the line that reads

monospace = "courier new,courier monothai,mingliu,simsun, ...

Just add whatever font you want for the monospace font at the beginning of the quoted string. For example, to use Microsoft’s new open-type Consolas, simply change that line to read:

monospace = "consolas,courier new,courier monothai,mingliu,simsun, ...

— Update March 31, 2009 @11:02: The latest beta (4.85b5) has changed the location where this file exists (and, in fact doesn’t include the file.) The new location is C:\Program Files\Nmap\py2exe\etc\pango … create a new file named pango.aliases (using Unix line-endings) and paste the line above into the file. (more…)

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