fontglide - characters float onto the screen to form words
fontglide [-display host:display.screen] [-window] [-root] [-install]
[-visual visual] [-delay usecs] [-scroll] [-page] [-random] [-speed
float] [-linger float] [-program sh-command] [-font font-name] [-bw
int] [-trails] [-db] [-debug]
The fontglide program reads text from a subprocess and puts it on the
screen using large characters that glide in from the edges, assemble,
then disperse. Alternately, it can simply scroll whole sentences from
right to left.
fontglide accepts the following options:
-window Draw on a newly-created window. This is the default.
-root Draw on the root window.
Install a private colormap for the window.
Specify which visual to use. Legal values are the name of a
visual class, or the id number (decimal or hex) of a specific
The delay between steps of the animation, in microseconds:
-page With this option, a page full of text will glide in, and dis-
-scroll With this option, sentences will scroll by from right to left.
-random The default is to pick randomly between -page and -scroll.
How fast to animate; 2 means twice as fast, 0.5 means half as
fast. Default 1.0.
How long to leave the assembled text on the screen in -page
mode; 2 means twice as long, 0.5 means half as long. Default
1.0. (The more words there are on the screen, the longer it
The command to run to generate the text to display. This
option may be any string acceptable to /bin/sh. The program
will be run at the end of a pipe, and any words that it prints
to stdout will end up on the window. (Whitespace and line
breaks are ignored.) If the program exits, it will be launched
again after we have processed all the text it produced.
The base font pattern to use when loading fonts. The default
is to search for any Latin1 scalable proportional fonts on the
system. Once a base font is selected, it will be loaded in a
-bw int How thick an outline to draw around the characters. Default 2
-trails Leave "vapor trails" behind the moving text. Default off.
-no-db Turn off double-buffering. It may be faster, but will flicker.
-debug Draw some boxes showing character metrics, and print the name
of the current font to stderr.
DISPLAY to get the default host and display number.
to get the name of a resource file that overrides the global
resources stored in the RESOURCE_MANAGER property.
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Copyright (C) 2003 by Jamie Zawinski. Permission to use, copy, modify,
distribute, and sell this software and its documentation for any pur-
pose is hereby granted without fee, provided that the above copyright
notice appear in all copies and that both that copyright notice and
this permission notice appear in supporting documentation. No repre-
sentations are made about the suitability of this software for any pur-
pose. It is provided "as is" without express or implied warranty.
Jamie Zawinski <jwzATjwz.org>, 15-Sep-2003.
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