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Make Linotype FontExplorer work with network homes OS X Server
Linotype has recently released an excellent font manager called FontExplorer X that I highly recommend for service bureaus and designers. Its iTunes-like interface and speed make it perfect for activating thousands of fonts with excellent performance -- it was discussed in this recent hint.

This application doesn't normally work with network homes in a Mac OS X Server environment, but a simple symbolic link can fix the problem:
  1. Move the user's ~/Library/Caches/Linotype folder to a local location, such as a folder in /Users/Shared.

  2. Create a symbolic link from ~/Library/Caches/Linotype to the moved Linotype folder in /Users/Shared:
    ln -s /Users/Shared/Linotype-user_name ~/Library/Caches/Linotype 
Alternatively, a shell script supplied as a login script or login item can move and symlink the folder for you.
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Recurring install sequence
Authored by: asarazor on Oct 24, '05 02:28:37AM

Unfortunately this doesn't solve it for my network account. On each and every launch Font Explorer acts as if it's never been launched before and will try to run through the initial font moving/copying sequence.

Hopefully these little bugs will be ironed out for the full release.



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Make Linotype FontExplorer work with network homes
Authored by: sperte on Nov 29, '05 05:08:57PM

Still doesn't work for me. Every time the app is launched it thinks it's the first time and wants to run through the setup process again.



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Make Linotype FontExplorer work with network homes
Authored by: nerdstargamer on Aug 20, '08 12:26:32PM

The sym link never worked for me. I've written login and logout scripts to manage this. Basically the login script copies the Linotype folder to /Users/Shared and the logout folder copies it back to the user account.

The scripts are fully explained and can be downloaded here:

http://blog.nerdstargamer.com/2007/using-fontexplorer-x-with-networked-home-directories

I've been using this script in our computer labs for about 2 years without a problem.



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