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Take Control of Fonts in Snow Leopard
Install, organize, and use fonts with ease in Mac OS X!
This essential ebook reveals the details of how fonts work on the Macintosh. Whether you want shorter Font menus, nicely organized fonts, or a better understanding of character-rich Unicode fonts, this ebook has the answers. The ebook begins with an overview of font options and storage locations, explains various Apple-provided font utilities, discusses common font tasks such as installation and organization, helps you get the most out of your Font menus, and provides detailed directions for typing special characters.
What about 10.5 Leopard? Despite its title, this ebook fully covers 10.5 Leopard fonts. It was just too awkward to name the ebook "Take Control of Fonts in Leopard and Snow Leopard" or "Take Control of Fonts in (Snow) Leopard."
The ebook includes a coupon worth 20% off on any purchase from Ergonis Software, makers of the font utility PopChar X and other software.
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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 Viewer/Palette. It demystifies Unicode, explains how to organize your font collection, and more. It was written by Sharon Zardetto, edited by Tonya Engst with help from Caroline Rose and Jeff Carlson, and published by TidBITS Publishing Inc.
Mac OS X was a major leap forward in the Macintosh interface (and its working guts), but a backward step when it came to fonts and their management. As a Mac fanatic from way back (1984, to be precise), I still 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.
By Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, fonts had become manageable but were still problematic. Font problems—some predictable, some not so much—cropped up on a steady basis. The support for new font formats was certainly a Good Thing, but it wasn’t necessarily an Uncomplicated Thing. With the introduction of 10.5 Leopard, the majority of common font problems disappeared, Font Book became a stable utility, and users could breathe a sigh of relief in that department. With 10.6 Snow Leopard, the transition to twenty-first century fonts and font management continues, relatively free of problems.
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.
This book has a 1.0 version number because it has a new title; however, it is effectively the third edition in a line of ebooks that includes Take Control of Fonts in Mac OS X, Tiger Edition and Take Control of Fonts in Leopard. Because the changes from Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard to 10.6 Snow Leopard are small compared to other improvements in the ebook, this book covers fonts in both Leopard and Snow Leopard.
General changes include:
Additions and changes specifically for Snow Leopard 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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June 2011 - At this time, we do not plan to create a Lion edition of this ebook. Instead, we plan to take a break from font-related topics like this one, so that we can focus on other areas of interest.
—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.
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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