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Old 03-15-2005, 07:59 AM   #1
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Default OS X & fonts: Grrrrrrr!

I am at my wits’ end trying to make sensible use of fonts in OS X. It got so bad that I was doing everything in ATM Deluxe 4.6 in Classic (since OS X honors those fonts along with all the others).

Now I am struggling with Suitcase XI and a demo copy of FontAgent Pro. I even toyed with trying to live with FontBook, but really want auto-activation, which it does not have.

My problem is that I have way too many fonts open/active all the time. I hate that. The shorter the list, the better.

So I went through all the Library > Fonts folders that I could control, and deleted all the fonts. That leaves (in theory) only those in the System > Library > Fonts folder.

Then I deleted all the fonts in Suitcase, or thought I did. It seems to remember them, however. I guess I need to uninstall the software, delete its prefs from the plist, reinstall and start over.

Or switch to FontAgent Pro, which I downloaded on a recommendation here to see if it would be less balky and incomprehensible than Suitcase. It does seem easier to understand, but both programs are extremely slow in use — clicking to activate a font, for example, results in a long wait (several seconds) before the change occurs. Perhaps it is the number of fonts?

I would really, really like to have the functionality of ATM 4.6 again. It was nearly perfect, and its abandonment by Adobe has me very cross.

Anyway, what are you doing for font management in OS X? Any brilliant solutions?

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