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Take Control of Fonts in Mac OS X: Tiger Edition
Organize, install, and use fonts with ease in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger!
In this unique ebook, long-time Mac author Sharon Zardetto explains what folders your fonts reside in, why they are there, and what to do about duplication and long Font menus. Once that's under control, you'll learn the ins and outs of different font installation methods, how to use Font Book to manage, validate, and organize fonts; ways of dealing with old fonts; how to make the most of character-rich Unicode fonts; and more. Whether you work in a font-intensive profession, use Unicode fonts for non-Roman languages, or want to wrangle the numerous fonts installed from goodness-knows-where (Microsoft Office, probably), you need this ebook. Bonus: this ebook includes over $80 worth of coupons!
Looking for Leopard or Snow Leopard info? Check out Take Control of Fonts in Snow Leopard, which covers not only fonts in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard but also fonts in 10.5 Leopard.
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Also check out this ebook's companion volume, Take Control of Font Problems in Mac OS X, which focuses on what happens when something related to fonts goes kablooey (save $5 if you buy them together). For a useful preview, download our free Font Troubleshooting Flier!
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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 Fonts in Mac OS X: Tiger Edition, version 1.0. This ebook tells you everything you need to know (and then some!) about fonts on your Mac: what and where they are, how to organize them, how to access the hidden wealth of characters inside some of them, and how to use the Mac OS X font tools—Font Book, Keyboard Viewer, and Character Palette. It demystifies Unicode, shows you how to deal with old font suitcase files, and explains how to get your font collection under control. This ebook was written by Sharon Zardetto, edited by Tonya Engst, and published by TidBITS Electronic Publishing.
It's utterly astonishing that a computer platform whose initial claim to fame was not just its interface but its use of different fonts could celebrate its almost-20th anniversary with a new operating system that totally ignored the importance of fonts, pretending that the difficulty—or total inability—to install and manage fonts didn't matter.
As a Mac fanatic from way back (1984, to be precise), I hate to admit that it took Mac OS X years to get its act together concerning fonts, and that I also totally ignored the issue as long as I could. I know I felt frustrated; I think I also felt insulted.
But Mac OS X has its act together now, even if it's not entirely polished. With the release of Tiger, fonts became manageable (literally, with Font Book 2.0), and their Unicode-inspired wealth of characters and advanced typographical features became more accessible. Every Tiger upgrade improves the situation a little more, with tiny, usually unannounced, changes to Font Book and general font-handling issues. So now we can quit whining about how bad it was and look at how good it is.
You'll find all the basics of font management in this ebook: what font types are supported in Mac OS X, installation, removal, verification of font file integrity, and the Font Book how-to (and why). You'll get the background details you need about Unicode and its ripple effect on almost every font-related thing you do, why document exchanges cause font problems, and how to access foreign- language characters and keyboards. You'll also find information you didn't know you needed, such as how to find a font in a menu, where to find elusive characters hiding in so many fonts, and how to pack a suitcase (of fonts, that is).
While I touch upon font problems in PDFs and on Web pages, you won't find enough information to, say, start creating trouble-free, perfectly encoded Web pages; that's a topic for some other author. And, due to space constraints and timeliness, I don't review font management software or round up the dozens of font-related share-ware utilities; instead, I discuss what to look for in font management beyond Font Book, and I highlight a few especially good shareware utilities in context of related topics.
As for serious troubleshooting: my collection of specific font problems and solutions grew so much as I wrote this ebook that they became a companion volume, Take Control of Font Problems in Mac OS X: Tiger Edition, which includes not only dealing with some very specific problems (such as your font icons going wonky or Font Book repeatedly quitting), but also how to perform basic and special trouble-shoot-ing procedures (such as safe booting, repairing permissions, and setting up a separate user account for testing purposes).
"I read both books and was impressed by their accuracy and completeness."
-John Collins, MyFonts
The main mission of the this ebook is self-evident, but there are two minor ones I'd also like to accomplish: to pique your interest regard-ing characters buried in many common fonts and to help you achieve a certain comfort level in dealing with Unicode and glyph IDs for characters. To kill both those birds with one stone (and use an awkward metaphor at the same time), where parts of figures need emphasis, I've used characters from different fonts to point, circle, label, or other-wise command your attention. In the figure margin, I identify the character by its font and Unicode or glyph ID (or both).
The material in this ebook is presented with the mild assumption that you'll read it linearly, but that doesn't mean that you have to read it that way. You could, instead, start with font installation techniques, or troubleshooting procedures, or why you can't seamlessly share documents with a PC user.
Beginning at the beginning:
Installing and managing fonts:
Working with fonts and typing special characters:
Going beyond your Mac:
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July 9, 2012 -- We do not plan to update this ebook again with respect to Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, though the most of it should remain useful for Tiger users for many years. There was a new edition to this ebook that covered 10.5 Leopard, but it was rendered obsolete by another new edition that covers Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard—Take Control of Fonts in Snow Leopard. (Subsequent to Snow Leopard, we decided to take a break from this ebook, so we haven't created 10.7 Lion or 10.8 Mountain Lion editions.)
March 25, 2008 --
Ebook reader G.M. recently wrote in to tell us about his experience shopping with MyFonts.com, one of the vendors that Sharon recommends in her various Take Control ebooks about fonts. He wrote, "I have purchased numerous fonts through this site over the past several years. They have a policy (which may apply to only some vendors, but perhaps to all) of providing notices about free updates to any fonts that you have purchased. The most surprising such update came not too long ago for a font family (Rayuela) which had been upgraded with several additional weights, all of which was free, even though those weights did not exist when I purchased the family several years ago. Kudos to this online vendor."
September 12, 2007 --
Sharon Zardetto, author of this ebook, recently stumbled on the Font Conference video at the CollegeHumor Web site. By mid-way through watching it, I was laughing so hard I was crying, and I nearly fell out of my chair. If you need a laugh, and you know your way around the basic typefaces, check it out!
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