Organize, install, and use fonts with ease in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger!

Take Control of
Fonts in Mac OS X

Sharon Zardetto

Little in Mac OS X is as confusing as fonts, and if you’ve had trouble understanding what’s going on with Mac OS X’s font types, storage locations, Unicode characters, and more, turn to font expert Sharon Zardetto Aker for the ultimate guide to fonts in Mac OS X!

This product has been discontinued.

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.

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!

About Sharon Zardetto

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.

  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • Quick Start
  • Learn Font Basics
  • Organize Your Fonts
  • Get Acquainted with Font Book
  • Install New Fonts
  • Validate Fonts
  • Remove Fonts You Don't Want
  • Control Your Classic Fonts
  • Disable (and Enable) Fonts
  • Deal with Duplicates
  • Create and Edit Collections
  • Use Libraries to Control Your Fonts
  • Find Misplaced Fonts
  • Print Font Samples
  • Update Legacy Fonts
  • Master Font Menus and Font Formatting
  • Control Character Entry
  • Synchronize with the Rest of the World
  • Excerpt 1: Restore or Add Tiger Fonts
  • Excerpt 2: Solving Basic Problems
  • Appendixes
  • About This Ebook
  • 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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