BorderFX is highly recommended. If you use it more than twice, consider sending the developer a contribution. (This invaluable -- to me -- plug-in remains free to download. I have no relationship with the developer except as a satisfied customer.)
Still can't set font sizes lower than 6 pt. , but the crash-on-missing-font, and the "date" field bugs seems to have been quashed. Thanks to a responsive developer .
MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012), OS X Mountain Lion, 16 GB RAM; 500 GB SSD; NEC; Munki