Issues installing font onto Mac (from 1001freefonts)

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  1. KennedyInk macrumors newbie

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    I'm helping a client of mine with her Mac, although I don't actually own a Mac I have taken an iLife course at the local community college to get a good feel for the iLife Suite.

    I went to 1001freefonts and clicked on the Mac download button, and in the 'Downloads' folder (through the Finder) I could see the font, but with the extension .sit. Hmmm. Not sure what that is. I persevered and found where fonts are housed on a Mac (Finder-Library-Fonts) and dragged the font file to the Font folder (as per the instructions here - http://www.myfonts.com/support/help_install_mac.html) but didn't know what he was talking about with the whole suitcase thing.

    But nothing happened. I can see the file under the Font folder, but I cannot access the font in PhotoShop or Word. I am assuming I've missed a step (I keep reading about 'unpacking' but I have no clue what that is), but I don't know what that step would be. Do you? :confused:

    Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide!
    Michelle
     
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    .sit is the Stuffit archive format. It was once extremely common on the Mac, now somewhat dead (replaced by the universal Apple-blessed ZIP or Unix formats), but still hanging around.

    Go grab the free Stuffit Expander:

    http://my.smithmicro.com/mac/stuffit/expander.html

    ...and it will decompress your .sit into a usable font file. At that point you can open it with Fontbook or drop it manually in the desired Library subfolder to install it.
     
  3. KennedyInk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks!

    I'll give that a try, and see how it goes.
     

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