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Font problems in Mac OS X
orinjuse 
9/7/08 12:25:33 PM
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I've been sent a collection of fonts I need to use on QuarkXPress, but I'm having trouble installing them. Most of them don't have file extensions, and as far as OS X is concerned are unidentifiable files.

I've tried opening them in Foot Book and installing them, which should work at least for the ones with extensions but doesn't, and I've tried copying them into Library/Fonts, and they still won't show up in anything.

I had Quark open when I tried installing them, which apparently explains why they don't show up in there, but they're not coming up in Word or TextEdit either.

Google is no use - apparently installing fonts in OS X is 'really easy', and that's all you need to know.

Please halp!

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TinBane 
9/7/08 12:59:47 PM
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Okay. Have you tried restarting, after installing the fonts? Also, if you installed into /Library/Fonts rather than ~/Library/Fonts (do you know what I mean?) then have you tried checking the permissions vs the permissions of the other fonts?

The fonts that don't have extensions, are the OLD mac fonts? Or from PC? If they aren't old mac fonts (and i mean OLD!) then they SHOULD have an extension, unless they are a font suitcase. Where the fonts sent to you compressed before they were emailed or whatever? Are they from a macintosh?

EDIT: If you drop them into ~/Library/Fonts/ then they should be available straight away. They have to be mac format, obviously.


Edited by TinBane: 9/7/2008 1:02:18 PM

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orinjuse 
9/7/08 5:17:59 PM
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I believe they were sent to me from a Mac, but they were just sent loose, not zipped. I restarted, but that didn't seem to help. I just copied them into ~/Library/Fonts instead of my user Library/Fonts.

I don't think they're really old, no, but I think it's probably a collection of fonts put together over the years, so they're probably a mix of formats. One of them is a .dfont suitcase, which seems to work OK.

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TinBane 
9/7/08 5:21:48 PM
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Hmmm.

~/Library/Fonts is the /Library/Fonts folder in your user directory.
/Library/Fonts is the /Library/Fonts folder in your root directory (Hard disk).

It's best to install new fonts into your user directory.
Was it by email, or CD?

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TinBane 
9/7/08 6:47:22 PM
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Hmm, the Fonts folder from the attachment seems to be fine. Zapf dingbats seems to not work.

The others appear as text files.
Some appear to talk about being adobe font files, from 1989, so they may well be oldies from 'classic'.

In which case, they have lost important pre-OSX data in transit via email. Ask them to send the email again, but attach them as a .zip if possible. This will solve the issue. Otherwise, you could find a pre-os X running mac and fire up res edit, or try and find a workable extension.

I'll have a dig :)


EDIT:
And I dug :)

Check your inbox.


Edited by TinBane: 9/7/2008 06:52:56 PM

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orinjuse 
9/7/08 11:33:52 PM
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You rock. Your .zip of the fixed fonts solved the issue, and shortly after my official graphics guy caught up with you and sent me a .sitx of the fonts, which worked too.

The company has probably been using these fonts since 1989 - the parent publication has been around for 30 years, and I think we get our layout straight from them.

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TinBane 
10/7/08 8:30:38 AM
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Just for completeness sake. the fonts are old pre OS X fonts, and have lost their 'creator' and 'type' from OS 9 and earlier. Adding .ttf to the name, as an extension fixes the issue (assuming they are true-type fonts, not that a design house would use pre-true-type fonts EVER).

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