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Take Control of Fonts in Leopard
This book has been replaced by Take Control of Fonts in Snow Leopard.
Using either Leopard or Snow Leopard? We have replaced Take Control of Fonts in Leopard with Take Control of Fonts in Snow Leopard, which covers both Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard. Buy that edition instead.
"What a splendid guide! Zardetto seems to sense exactly what you might need to know at just the right moment, but yet does not overwhelm you with a lot of detail all at once." —DFT, reviewing the Tiger edition
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"I am always astonished by Sharon Zardetto's ability to explain the most complex topics in the most user-friendly way." —musiclover88, reviewing the Tiger edition
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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
This book 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, explains how to get your font collection under control, and more. This ebook was written by Sharon Zardetto, edited by Tonya Engst, and published by TidBITS Publishing Inc.
It's utterly astonishing that the Macintosh, a computer platform whose initial claim to fame was not just its interface but its use of different fonts, celebrated its almost-20th anniversary with an operating system that totally ignored the importance of fonts, pretending 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 for as long as I could. I know I felt frustrated; I think I also felt insulted. But that's well in the past.
Under Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, fonts became manageable with Font Book, and their Unicode-inspired wealth of characters and advanced typographical features became more accessible. Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard brought a smarter Font Book (with font auto-activation), a sturdier approach to fonts (no more corrupted caches), and another step toward all-round advanced fonts (Mac TrueTypes replaced by Windows TrueTypes).
You'll find all the basics of font management in this book: what font types are supported, installation, removal, verification of font file integrity, and the Font Book how-to (and why). You'll learn background details on Unicode and its ripple effect on almost every font-related thing you do, how to manage an unruly collection of fonts, and how to access foreign-language characters and keyboards.
Due to space constraints and timeliness, I don't review font management software or round up font-related shareware utilities; instead, I discuss what to look for in font management beyond Font Book, and I highlight a few especially good utilities in context of related topics.
The main mission of this book is self-evident, but there are two minor ones I'd also like to accomplish: to pique your interest regarding 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 otherwise command your attention. In a special caption, I identify these characters by font name and Unicode or glyph ID (or both).
The material in this book 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 inputting special characters.
Yes, I know what they say about "assume" but I'm going to anyway. As long as you know what the assumptions are, we can prevent some misunderstandings:
There were many changes from the Tiger edition of this book to version 1.0 of the Leopard edition, both large and small. The large side:
On the smaller side, Leopard's general (not font-specific) changes required modifications of or additions to many sections. For example:
I should also note what's missing from this version compared to the Tiger edition:
The changes in this version include:
Due to space constraints and a concern for timeliness, the ebook doesn't review font management software or round up the dozens of font-related shareware utilities; instead, it discusses what to look for in font management beyond the tools that Apple provides, and it highlights a few especially good shareware utilities in context of related topics.
Mac OS X does provide special input methods for these languages; this book doesn't cover those special methods, but you can check out the basics at several Web sites, including the one at http://www.yale.edu/chinesemac/.
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August 2010 -- This ebook has been replaced by a new edition, Take Control of Fonts in Snow Leopard. This new edition merges Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard information with 10.6 Snow Leopard information, plus has newer information about Adobe CS5 fonts and a few other small improvements. (The differences in font handling between Leopard and Snow Leopard are quite small.)
—Tonya J Engst
August 12, 2010 --
Managing fonts in Mac OS X is all too often like herding cats (all those Fonts folders!), but you can now corral your serif and sans-serif felines with our new Take Control of Fonts in Snow Leopard. Written by Sharon Zardetto, this 225-page ebook covers not only everything you need to know about fonts in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and 10.5 Leopard, but also special font situations in software such as Adobe CS4 and CS5, Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008, iLife, and iWork.
Important topics covered include:
The ebook costs $15 and includes a coupon worth 20% off on any purchase from Ergonis Software, makers of the font utility PopChar X and other software.
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."
—Tonya J Engst
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!
—Tonya J Engst
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