What happened to Handwriting - Dakota

Discussion in 'macOS' started by smurray, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. smurray macrumors regular

    May 12, 2008
    Ok, so I've been using a font called Handwriting - Dakota to make logos for my churches website. Well I reformatted my macbook today and for some reason the font is not on the laptop anymore. I know I never installed any extra fonts on my own, so I can't figure out where the font came from previously if it didn't come with OS X. I've done some searching and people seem to say that it does indeed come with OS X, but I assure you it is not on my laptop. Anyone have any idea why it wouldn't have installed when I reformatted? And yes I did make sure to choose to have the additional fonts installed in the customize option during the install process.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Indeed Handwriting - Dakota ships with MacOS X. It was developed by in 1995 by vLetter and since 2001 has been copyrighted by Apple. On my computer, it is date-stamped "June 15, 2006." Perhaps, it is on the System Restore disc that shipped with your computer.
  3. misterredman macrumors 6502a


    Oct 3, 2007
    Maybe those fonts were included in some other app? Like iWork & iLife.
  4. jennwb macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2011

    Stop using that font! It is ugly, difficult to read and a mockery to all skilled designers everywhere. I have no idea who originally thought it was a readable font, but they should have their head examined!
    If you need a free font please just use your Google search box and ask for them, there are tons to choose from and offer a much better choice than that horrible Dakota handwriting!

    Thank you kindly
  5. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    Stop resurrecting 3 year old posts!

    Thank you kindly.
  6. stroked Suspended


    May 3, 2010
    Some people can be funny, even when they are being a smart ass.
  7. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    For what it's worth on a 3+ year old thread, I have the adobe suite, office, and Leopard installed, and I don't have it.
  8. initialsBB macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    That's a relief.
  9. malipedsurg macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2011
    handwriting dakota

    This font is included with iDVD. You can get iLife 09 and reinstall.
  10. tonie macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2008
    Resurrecting this thread. I'm looking for this font so please share if you have it. Thank you
  11. nobodyhome macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2008
  12. CaptMurdock Suspended


    Jan 2, 2009
    The Evildrome Boozerama
    I dunno... I use it for my journal entries. Gives it a nice "retro" look, especially when I have a college-ruled-paper background. :)
  13. tonie macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2008
    Thank you ans sorry, I don't know about your question.
  14. fingernagel macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2010
    You saved my day. Thank you.
  15. vLetter macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2014
    Dakota Handwriting Font Available Here

    vLetter created and owns all rights to the Dakota handwriting font. We licensed it to Apple and also for the ClickArt collection.

    It was also among hundreds of our fonts stolen in the 1990's by Michael Charness at Weatherly Systems which he renamed and sold as his own to IMSI, Softkey, and Expert Software. He also forged many other fonts created by dozens of other font designers, too. Charness hurt a lot of people.

    Obviously, since it's a handwriting font, it's supposed to look like real handwriting and not like an "engineered" font. We've updated Dakota with Unicode and accented characters, and it's available for free here:

  16. wewt macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2014
    thank you!

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