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Take Control of Fonts in Mac OS X
Oct 11, 2006
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.

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.

More Info

Read this ebook to learn the answers to questions such as:

  • What types of fonts can I use with Mac OS X?
  • In what order does Mac OS X access fonts from all their possible locations?
  • How can I figure out what characters are available in a Unicode font?
  • Which fonts can be removed safely?
  • How can I minimize font-related trouble when sharing documents across platforms?

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. For a useful preview, download our free Font Troubleshooting Flier!

Update Plans

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 any later editions.)

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  1. Font Wrangling and Problem-Solving Made Easy

    Managing fonts in Mac OS X is all too often like herding cats, but you can now corral your fonts with our latest ebook, Take Control of Fonts in Leopard, and its sidekick, Take Control of Font Problems in Leopard. Written by Sharon Zardetto, these up-to-date ebooks cover not only the various versions of Leopard up through 10.5.5, but also special font situations in applications such as Adobe CS3 and CS4, Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008, iLife ‘08, iWork ‘08, and Safari. Here’s the scoop on each ebook, along with notes on a special money-saving bundle:

    Take Control of Fonts in Leopard: In this 227-page 1.1 update, Sharon extends all her useful advice about installing, managing, using, and removing fonts with specific coverage of what has changed with font handling in Leopard since 10.5.0, along with details of how fonts work in Leopard with Adobe CS3 and CS4, Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008, and iLife ‘08 and iWork ‘08. If you work with fonts professionally or just want to get more out of your fonts, this $15 guide has all the information you need.

    Take Control of Font Problems in Leopard: In this new edition, Sharon provides 151 pages of tips for avoiding font problems, troubleshooting advice, and specific steps for solving problems. Take Control of Font Problems in Leopard focuses on font-related issues that might arise generally while using Leopard or while working with fonts in Font Book, Character Palette, and Keyboard Viewer. It also examines font-related oddities and problems you might experience in Adobe CS3 and CS 4, Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008, and Safari.

    We designed these ebooks with the idea that many people will want to read both, and the problem-solving ebook assumes that readers have achieved some degree of competence with font management. In fact, were we producing traditional printed books, we’d combine all this information in a single title. However, the total length would have approached 400 pages, which is just too long for a PDF aimed at on-screen reading. To encourage you to get both titles, we’re selling them together in a bundle for $5 off. To get the bundle, visit one of the linked pages and then look for a “Buy Both” option in the left margin.

    If you own one of our previous Take Control ebooks about fonts, look in your email for upgrade information or open your existing PDF and click Check for Updates on the first page.

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  2. A Great Place to Shop

    Ebook reader G.M. recently wrote in to tell us about his experience shopping with, 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.”

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  3. Who Knew Fonts Could Be So Funny?

    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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