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.
Read this ebook to find the answers to questions such as:
- Where do fonts belong on my hard drive?
- In what order do fonts load, and what happens if I have multiple copies?
- How do I use Safe Mode to troubleshoot a font problem?
- How do I use another user account to troubleshoot a font problem?
- How do I move a font file that doesn’t want to move?
- Why does bold and italic text look double printed in Word?
- Why does my font’s name have brackets around it in the InDesign font list?
- Why can’t I install a PostScript Type 1 font?
- Why doesn’t the Input menu show up in my menu bar?
- People keep telling me to just delete the caches. What are they? Where are they? Why does deleting them solve a font problem?
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What’s New in the Leopard Edition
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.
Because It’s 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.
- Font caches aren’t the bugaboo they were in Tiger; they’re much more stable and seldom cause problems. But when they do, they’re harder to get at because they’re stored differently from before. Delete Leopard’s Font Caches explains it all.
- Different problems, though most are minor, come with Leopard’s font utilities, so there are new entries for The Input Menu, Character Palette, and Keyboard Viewer in the Manage Input Menu Items section.
- Under Solve Other Specific Problems, there are new entries for Font Files and Icons and Font Menus and the Font Panel. In the former, I deal with how the System Fonts folder works now, refusing to let you just drag fonts out to remove them, and even magically replacing certain fonts that you manage to remove.
- Some of Leopard’s new or improved features also changed seemingly unrelated information. For instance, its improved and more powerful Spotlight capabilities come in handy when you do special searches to Delete Adobe Font Caches, and instead of creating a new account for testing purposes, you can use the built-in Guest account, as described in Try a Clean User Account.
And, because Leopard dropped support for the Classic (faux-OS) environment, that section has been removed from this edition.
Because Other Things Are New
Since I wrote the last edition of this book, both Adobe CS3 and CS4, as well as Microsoft Office 2008, came out. So:
- Delete the Microsoft Office Font Cache includes information about both the 2004 and 2008 and versions.
- Delete Adobe Font Caches covers the cache files for all the Creative Suite versions as well as other (reasonably) old and the latest versions of other Adobe products.
Because I Was Updating This Book and Its Companion Volume
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.
Don't you also have a general ebook about fonts?
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.
I want help with font problems, but I'm running an older version of Mac OS X
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.
Does this ebook cover third-party font utilities?
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.
December 2009 -- We do not plan to update this ebook to expand its coverage of Leopard. However, a Snow Leopard edition is available.