Font Management

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by mashinhead, Nov 11, 2003.

  1. mashinhead macrumors 68020

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    I have had major problems with font management since switching to Panther. I was useing Suitcase with Jaguar and also when i initially switched to Panther, and that was working fine until i tried to use Font Book, which is INSANELY slow and slows down everything on my computer (I know this is the case for most of you but it is for me). I have called both Apple and Extensis about it. Extensis Suitcase doesn't support Panther, and they don't know when it will. And Apple as usual are clueless as to how to help me with the product that they made, either way it doesn't matter to me.

    All i want to know is if anyone knows of any reliable, third party, panther supported, font management software, that won't slow my machine down so i can get on with my work.

    thank you.
     
  2. mashinhead thread starter macrumors 68020

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    SYSTEM FONTS

    Sorry, Also, does anyone have a list of Panther's required system fonts?

    thx
     
  3. j33pd0g macrumors 6502

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    How many fonts do you have that font book is slow? Our IT department won't let us install any fonts other than what they give us. So I think we only have about 200 or so. I have the same fonts at home too. At home my font book is fast. So at work I really don't have to deal with font management. My only prior experience is with the old ATM. Yep. We are only on OS 8.6, or 9.0.1 :(
     
  4. bhancock macrumors newbie

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    Good Luck!!!

    I would suggest going back to Jaguar. I have had 10 days of hell with the new improved OS.
    FontBook is basically useless if you have more than a few hundred font faces. I use thousands. I still don't have a product that can hadle them. I guess Suitcase does the best job but even that gets the DB corrupted on a regular basis.
     
  5. mashinhead thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I have over 2000 fonts installed, ordinarily i would have thought that was too many, but i had called apple about it and the person i spoke to said they had about 2000 fonts on their computer and it was fine.


    Also, how do i switch back to Jaguar, do i have to back everything up and reinstall fresh?
     
  6. cb911 macrumors 601

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    yeah a backup and clean install would be the best option for you. that also could help you solve any weird problems you're having.

    on a related note... i also noticed that Panther doesn't have the font Arial included. bummer. i love that font and use it alot. i've got it now, but it just seems to me like it should really have been included with Panther.

    i just thought of something esle as well... people with heaps of fonts aren't leaving them on when you're not using them are you? if you didn't disable them before you shut down, wouldn't it have to load all the fonts on startup?
     
  7. j33pd0g macrumors 6502

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    The Arial Conspiracy

    ha... Arial... that's funny... there's a print shop that we use as backup (example: when we lost power in that incident and couldn't rip negs) and they have banned the Arial font. They inspect our docs with a fine-tooth comb. They say it messes everything up and brings down their network. I never understood how a font could be evil. If it's corrupt that's one thing, but can't you delete it and put in a new fresh Arial? BTW Arial shows up in my font book. It's probably the one from Classic folder though.
     
  8. cb911 macrumors 601

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    i don't have Classic installed, so that might explain it.

    i've also had some problems with a font messing up my stuff. it was Franklin Gothic. at one point i had about 8 different versions and was trying to find out which one was corrupt.

    who would have thought that a font could cause so much trouble?
     

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