How to SYNC fonts between machines?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by classicaliberal, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. classicaliberal macrumors regular

    classicaliberal

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    1) I currently use Dropbox to sync files/documents between 2 Macs (mine and my wife's) and iPhones/iPads.

    2) I use Photoshop/InDesign/Illustrator a lot to create graphics for my business.

    3) My wife also uses those same programs to create graphics as well.

    4) We'd like to share/sync the fonts between our two machines (just like we do with files/documents) so that when I add a font for a photoshop document I'm working on, and she opens the file later on, she can view it properly since the same font I downloaded was synced to her computer as well.

    5) Is this possible? What's the best way to implement (using Dropbox if possible).
     
  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    Issues of licensing aside, you might be able to get by with a font collection on a networked drive, and then use some software like FontExplorerX.
    FEX can import all the fonts from the network drive to its Library, and then auto-activate them when requested by Photoshop, etc.

    Otherwise you're looking at a font server.

    There are ways of using DropBox to sync a folder that's outside the Dropbox folder -- using sym links, but synchronising the User font folder across two machines (or even the /Library/Font folder) may cause problems.

    Another option might be to use rsync, or a product that is a front-end for rsync, such as Chronosync.
     
  3. classicaliberal thread starter macrumors regular

    classicaliberal

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    Thanks for the detailed response - looks like this isn't going to be nearly as simple as I had hoped. :(
     

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