FontBook or Alternatives. Best Method to Migrate

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by milesdavis, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. milesdavis macrumors regular


    Nov 17, 2007

    I'm moving from my PC to a MAC and I have a ton of fonts I use throughout my work. I don't really want to just drop them all on my Mac, I would rather let them be accessed when needed.

    I messed around with 'Suitcase' on the PC, but it was a nightmare and caused all kinds of problems.

    I know the Mac is better acclimated to handling fonts, so I'm wondering what you would recommend I do with my font library. Is Font Book good, or should I get the free Linotype FontExplorer X program?

    Is it possible to pull in fonts but not have them be activated until needed in fot Book?

    Thanks!! MD
  2. macsrules macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2008

    I have been thinking about the same thing and here is the solution that I have come up with for myself.

    I don't want all my fonts on my computer either but I want to have the ability to access them and see them to figure out which ones I want to use for each project, so, here is what I have come up with.

    1. Take an old G3 or G4 and install Tiger on it. Install a font application on it. Here are some choices.

    2. I use suitcase myself;jsessionid=4YOJYEVEYUMMVLAQAAUARSQ?_requestid=180887

    A. Font Agent Pro

    B. or the free Linotype FontExplorer X program, the previewing of fonts is not as good as the one in suitcase in my opinion.


    Put all your fonts on this G3 or G4, if you use font book for this and have a lot of fonts, I have found that font book gets bogged down when previewing and opening. I found that suitcase does the best job once they are saved to the vault. Here is the advantage in having your fonts on a separate computer and doing it this way.

    3. Once you have chosen the fonts that you want to use on the G3 or G4 for each project, make a copy of them and save them into your project folder. Then, you can convert them to Open Type unless they are already Open Type using this program right here

    I am sure you already know this but Open type is the new industry standard. Then you can move this folder onto your main computer. You could even use Mac's Font Book for the computer you use them on.

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