MuseScore needs a font redeaux
With the issues with fonts and kerning that developed in MuseScore, especially after 2.03 in which most Windows fonts are completely unusable, I took a look at the Fonts.
It has something to do with newer QuickTime dependencies that can't be downgraded to what we had in 2.02 and the developers can't do anything about it and it's hard for them to test because most of them don't have a Windows OS on anything they own.
I'm guessing this may be because a very low percentage (maybe 10 or 15%?, I'm guessing) of MuseScore users are actually using an obscure platform like Windows.
With Musescore now it looks like the developers are fond of FreeSerif and FreeSans.
But they look terrible when put to a printer test. (See Attached)
And worse yet, if a Windows user has FreeSans or FreeSerif installed in their OS outside MuseScore, screen and print output are completely unusable.
Testable, and Repeatable, if you have Windows DON'T install FreeSans or FreeSerif into your OS.
So I started looking at alternatives.
I tested dozens of fonts in different formats. Many more than in the attached files.
The best printer output came from some old (late '90s) Adobe Postscript Type 1 fonts I had lying around.
These are not distributable so that doesn't really help MuseScore much, though that's what I think I will be using from here on.
Though if you have a Xerox 4595 printer and need drivers for your Windows 9x/NT4/Vista/XP box from helpjet.net that might help you somewhat.
But the screen fonts for those Type1 Postscript fonts look terrible.
Like in the old days when it looked terrible on the screen and great on the printer.
I found the same issue with GNU GhostScript 6.0 Fonts ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/ghostscript/gnu-gs-fonts-std-6.0.tar.gz
Great printer output, lousy screen fonts.
I tried every decent "Open Source" or GNU font set I could find on SourceForge or GitHub. (See Attached.) That's where developers hang out now.
Even Adobe's Source Sans Pro and Source Serif Pro are horrid on a printer.
Though Source Han Sans https://github.com/adobe-fonts/source-han-sans/tree/release/OTF looks pretty good to me for Asian Languages, but I can't be a judge.
Then I remembered: TeX. And LaTeX. I even contributed to one of those projects a couple decades ago.
I don't remember exactly what, I think it was Cyrillic glyphs for a font used for math or something, maybe scripting?
All TeX fonts are under the GUST Font License, which basically says: "You can do whatever you want with the font as long as you change the name."
Some LaTeX fonts are under a different license, but most follow the TeX license.
Perfect for MuseScore. We (as MuseScorians) can move away from the exclusivity of FreeSerif and FreeSans.
If we need more glyphs in these fonts, the dude that wrote MuseJazz can add them and change the names.
I tried a few, all from the Tex Gyre family http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/fonts/tex-gyre/ and most (not all) of them work great in OTF with MuseScore (See Attached.)
I mean, the bad ones are as good as FreeSerif and FreeSans, and the good ones are much better. (See Attached.)
The entire LaTeX font catalogue is viewable and available here:
This would be a GREAT addition to 3.x.
That is to have some decent fonts to pick from.
And the license is right.
The music in attached file is just something I transcribed out of an old Sunday School hymnal.
It just happened to have some pairs of characters in the lyrics that MuseScore (Or QuickTime, or whatever) has a lot of problems with, especially in small font sizes.