Why are my fonts like this??

Discussion in 'macOS' started by morrisman1, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. morrisman1 macrumors 6502

    #1
    have a look, i dont know how to make them normal again.

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  2. frankblundt macrumors 65816

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    #2
    that's the randomuglyfont virus.
    Or something is screwed up in Safari's preferences, or your fonts.
    Does it do the same thing in Firefox?
    Do you have "Style Sheet: None selected" selected in Safari > Preferences > Advanced and "Standard Font: Times 16" (or similar) in the Appearance preference pane?

    what happens if you shut Safari, move the file ~/Users/you/Library/Preferences/apple.com.Safari.plist
    to the desktop and then re-open Safari?
     
  3. morrisman1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok, just tried all that and nothing has changed.
     
  4. frankblundt macrumors 65816

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    So.. it does do the same thing in Firefox? Or anywhere else? Or just in Safari?
     
  5. morrisman1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i use opera instead of firefox. no issues in there. in some .pdf files it comes up with that real stuffed up one. in some other .pdf files it comes up as another type.

    the pattern is consistant
     
  6. frankblundt macrumors 65816

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    in PDFs in Preview, or just inside Safari?
    Can you try FontFinagler - it may be corrupt font files
     
  7. morrisman1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    no joy :(

    ive tried copying the the text out of safai and into word, it goes in as that really wacky and impossible font called.....arial!

    ive checked all the font files for the arial fontface and they all show as normal arial.

    in word i can select arial and type in it and it comes up as that impossible to read one
     
  8. frankblundt macrumors 65816

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    Did you try FontFinagler? I've seen a similar issue before with fonts displaying badly in one application but fine when copied into another - and usually the common ones too, like Arial and Helvetica. MacOSX caches fonts, and so do many applications, separately from the original files, and the caches can corrupt.

    FontFinagler just clears all the caches so you get clean copies.

    Emptying the Cache in Safari may help also.
     
  9. morrisman1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yes i tried that, and i also tried the font cache cleaner in Oynx.

    its got me stuffed!
     
  10. frankblundt macrumors 65816

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    OK. Mysterious. Standard troubleshooting Step #8 - make a new user account, log in and see if you get the same issue (it's a System problem) or not (it's a local settings problem)
     
  11. morrisman1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok, its all good in the new account.

    does that narrow it down a bit for you?
     
  12. frankblundt macrumors 65816

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    Well, it narrows it down for you anyway, it's not really my problem eh? :p

    ..so it's a either a font issue with the fonts installed in your User account, or it's an issue with Safari's settings.

    You've already cleared Safari's preferences and Reset its cache so although it could still be something there, it's looking less likely.

    Check Font Book - I presume the Preference is set to install fonts for this user only rather than for this computer, which means new fonts are added to your User account's /Library/Fonts folder

    See if it registers any conflicts (black dot next to the font name) going on with the fonts you've had issues with (like Arial), and run File > Validate Font on any/all suspects
     
  13. morrisman1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks!!

    that resolve duplicates fixed it. thanks again for your time and help
     

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