Take Control of Fonts in Mac OS X
Posted 05 July 2006 - 09:40 AM
Posted 05 July 2006 - 06:02 PM
You know the greatest mystery about Mac OS X since the very first version of OS X?
Font Book not being a part of the System Preferences.
Since the very first version?
Font Book only debuted in 10.3 Panther. And of course it's not a system preference, it's a separate application with a resizable window.
I know in the OS9 days, you could not interchange the two, but are they one and the same now?
Windows still doesn't understand Mac-specific resource fork or dfont suitcases, but Mac OS X can pretty much use anything.
Posted 06 July 2006 - 10:56 AM
About 10-20% of the PC TT fonts we download from online sources (DaFont, BlamBot, etc) - even those that explicitly say "PC & Mac TT" - either are not recognised by FontBook, or get flagged as bad in FontBook's validation. By "not recognised" I mean that you can double-click them 'till your finger falls off and they will not appear in FontBook or even open a preview window. FontBook will launch when you double-click the font file - so OS X knows it's a font - but no preview/sample window opens. Likewise trying to add them via Add Font or by dragging the font to FontBook's window. Some of those fonts work just fine if you manually add them to your Fonts folders but others get flagged by FontBook as bad and others will not appear in FontBook at all or in some applications' font menus.
I am trying to get everyone I support to use the guideline - "if FontBook doesn't like it don't force Tiger to use it."
Posted 09 July 2006 - 02:19 AM
I also learned about a feature of Font Book of which I hadn't previously been aware: You can create font collections in Font Book made up of fonts outside the various system font folders and that Font Book can manage these fonts non-distructively - just as, for instance, Linotype FontExplorer can.
And, for what it's worth, I did my font house cleaning manually, since you can never be sure what a particular font program is doing. Now that I have the basics taken care of I will be using FontExplorer to manage my fonts from now on. It is more full featured than Font Book, less quirky, and is free besides.