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Take Control of Font Problems in Leopard
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Are you suffering from mysterious font problems using Microsoft Office, the Adobe Creative Suite, or other programs in Mac OS X Leopard? Help is at hand, with troubleshooting steps and real-world advice that help you solve 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, Font Book crashing, or Character Palette misbehaving, turn to font expert Sharon Zardetto for help.
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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.
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Table of Contents
Read Me First
Welcome to Take Control of Font Problems in Leopard, version 1.0. This book 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, including Safari, Microsoft Office, and Adobe's Creative Suite. This ebook was written by Sharon Zardetto Aker, edited by Tonya Engst, and published by TidBITS Publishing Inc.
Font problems are a fact of computer life. They shouldn't be, but they are anyway.
Often the problems are very minor—why can't I type a checkmark in this font with Option-V? 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 book 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 of it you've read it lacks an important detail regarding font problems!)
What's not included: A major area of "font problems" that's not covered in this book is problems that occur with third-party font-management software like Suitcase Fusion, FontAgent Pro, and Linotype FontExplorer X. Third-party programs change too often to be reasonably covered in that way in a book—even an ebook version that can be updated more easily than a printed volume.
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 Leopard.
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 clips 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 these main "crossover" items from Take Control of Fonts in Leopard: a synopsis of the information about what kinds of fonts Leopard uses and where they're stored; a short but important topic in its entirety, turned into Appendix D: The World According to Glyphs; information about the importance of single-family suitcase files; and, for your reference convenience, the same general appendices. 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 about 220 pages, there's way more information in the other ebook than I've excerpted here! This is also why there's a discount if you buy both books; look over to the left.)
"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 Leopard 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 book, you can both narrow down symptoms to a probable cause and look up the cure most likely to work. And, you'll learn to avoid some problems altogether.
The changes in this book from its Tiger edition are, in their way, almost as drastic as the changes that took us from Tiger to Leopard. This book is 30 percent longer than its last incarnation as a result of three types of changes: those due to Leopard, those due to other new products in the last two years, and those due to a chance to rewrite and reorganize both this book and its companion volume, Take Control of Fonts in Leopard.
Leopard was, in many ways a sea change for Mac OS X. While most of its flashiest components (Time Machine, Spaces, Dock stacks, and so on) have nothing to do with fonts, and some font-related improvements have nothing to do with problems (more-stable font caches, printing from Font Book), there are, of course, inevitable new problems either with font management or new ways to approach old problems.
And, because Leopard dropped support for the Classic (faux-OS) environment, that section has been removed from this edition.
Since I wrote the last edition of this book, both Adobe CS3 and CS4, as well as Microsoft Office 2008, came out. So:
As the other volume, Take Control of Fonts in Leopard, expanded, it crowded out information that was mostly about problems. That information, updated and rewritten as necessary, provided new material in the Solve Other Specific Problems section: a reworking of the existing Safari subsection, and two new subsections, PDF Peculiarities and Document-Exchange Issues. Also, Tackle General Font Problems has been reorganized and rewritten.
We're glad you asked. We have two general ebooks about fonts: Take Control of Fonts in Mac OS X: Tiger Edition covers fonts in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger (and 10.3 Panther), and Take Control of Fonts in Leopard looks at fonts in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. This latter title was even updated in 2008 so it covers changes that occurred through 10.5.5. Note that in the left margin of this page that there is an option to buy this ebook with Take Control of Fonts in Leopard at a discount.
The ebook you want has a long name, but should offer a short route to a solution. Check out the older ebook Take Control of Font Problems in Mac OS X: Tiger Edition. There's also a traditional printed book, Real World Mac OS X Fonts, which includes the manuscript of this Tiger-related ebook.
Sorry, it doesn't cover them. We're not opposed to including them, but we'd probably have to write another ebook to do them justice, plus they tend to change quite often, so it might be challenging to lock down the information in book format and keep it reasonably updated.
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Feel free to ask us if you have a question about this title!
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December 2009 -- We do not plan to update this ebook to expand its coverage of Leopard. However, a Snow Leopard edition is available.
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