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Take Control of Font Problems in Mac OS X: Tiger Edition
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Are you suffering from a mysterious font problem in Mac OS X Tiger? Help is at hand, with troubleshooting steps and real-world advice for solving problems fast. If you've experienced seemingly inexplicable trouble with characters displaying incorrectly, being unable to type a particular character, fonts missing from Font menus, confusing behavior in Microsoft and Adobe programs, Font Book crashing, or Character Palette misbehaving, turn to font expert Sharon Zardetto for help.
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This is a companion volume to Take Control of Fonts in Mac OS X, and we think anyone with enough fonts to be suffering from font problems will benefit from its detailed look at "healthy" fonts. If you don't buy that ebook, note that Take Control of Font Problems in Mac OS X assumes you're familiar with font basics like Font Book's capabilities, including enabling and disabling fonts, resolving duplicates, and font validation. (This ebook doesn't cover the rapidly changing world of third-party font management utilities.)
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About the Author
Sharon Zardetto has been writing about the Macintosh professionally since 1984, including nearly a thousand articles in Macintosh magazines and over 20 books. She's best known for writing several editions of The Macintosh Bible, along with The Mac Almanac.
Table of Contents
Read Me First
Welcome to Take Control of Font Problems in Mac OS X: Tiger Edition, version 1.0, the companion volume to Take Control of Fonts in Mac OS X: Tiger Edition. This ebook is all about Mac OS X font problems: what they are, what causes them and, of course, how to fix them. It covers both general and very specific problems that you might encounter in using your Mac, its font-related utilities, and the most popular applications—like Microsoft Office and Adobe's Creative Suite. This ebook was written by Sharon Zardetto, edited by Tonya Engst, and published by TidBITS Electronic Publishing.
Font problems are a fact of computer life. They shouldn't be, but they are.
Often the problems are very minor—why can't I type a checkmark with Option-V in this font? Sometimes they're a little more pervasive: Why isn't that font showing in the Font menu? Why can't I empty the Trash when this font is in it? Why can't I get Character Palette to stay listed in the Input menu? And other times they're dire: Why is Font Book crashing every time I open it? Why is every menu and dialog filled with garbled text?
This ebook covers font problems large and small, general and specific. I provide detailed, step-by-step descriptions of the troubleshooting techniques you need to know, whether it's trashing a plist, deleting a font cache, or starting up in Safe Mode. (That last item, by the way—almost every description you've read about it lacks important details regarding font problems!)
A major area of "font problems" that's not covered in this ebook is problems that occur with third-party font-management software like Suitcase Fusion, Font Agent Pro, and Linotype FontExplorer X. Third-party programs change too often to be reasonably covered in that way in a book—even an ebook that can be updated more easily than a printed volume.
This ebook is a companion volume to Take Control of Fonts in Mac OS X
I started out with one standard-sized Take Control ebook. It grew sort of long. Then it got fairly huge. Then humongous became the operative term. Then my publishers said it wouldn't work as one PDF in terms of the sheer size. So, we decided to split off the bulk of the content about font problems into another ebook, with enough re-tooling so it would work as a standalone volume. And here it is!
I don't mind admitting that it was extremely difficult to figure out what general, background information should be included in this ebook, when it's all detailed in Take Control of Fonts in Mac OS X.
I don't want to make you buy that ebook (though if you did, we'd both be happy) for related, but not problem-specific material. On the other hand, I don't want to repeat myself here too much and lead you to think that this ebook is a collection of reprints. (Don't you hate TV shows that claim to be "NEW! episodes" but are just clippings collected from earlier in the season?) Yet, on the other other hand, there's a certain amount of background information that's necessary, and another amount that's useful, for clarification of some points.
So, I settled on excerpting two short but important topics in their entirety—"The World According to Glyphs" and "Update Legacy Fonts"—from Take Control of Fonts in Mac OS X. I also borrowed two handy, informative tables, identified in the text as having come from the other ebook. And, for your reference convenience, I repeated some appendixes. I mention all this so that if you bought this ebook individually, and then buy the other, you won't feel you've been fooled or cheated. (At 250+ pages, there's way more information in the other ebook than I've excerpted here!)
"I read both books and was impressed by their accuracy and completeness."
-John Collins, MyFonts
A special note about the figures
Also "copied" from Take Control of Fonts in Mac OS X is the concept of using characters buried in basic fonts to point, circle, or otherwise label items in screenshots. The characters, always in red, are identified in the margin by their Unicode IDs or GIDs (glyph IDs)—or both, when a character has both. The two-fold purpose behind this is to make you aware of the scope of non-alphabetic characters most fonts contain, and to get you comfortable with the idea of referencing characters by their various IDs. (You can use Character Palette's search function to find these characters by their Unicode IDs.)
Solving a font-related problem is a simple two-step process: figure out what's causing the problem, and then fix it. Okay, maybe it's not that simple: symptoms can have many causes, and causes have many possible fixes. But with this ebook, you can both narrow down symptoms to a probable cause and look up the cure most likely to work. Even better, you'll learn how to avoid some problems altogether.
If you're not in font trouble right now:
Otherwise, come back to these sections as soon as you're back on track so you won't be derailed again.
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