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Organize fonts using Font Book Apps
I had a large folder of fonts. They were not organized in any way; some had been renamed, and there were a lot of duplicates. I created a new library in Font Book (File » New Library) and dropped the folder into the new library. Using a Library leaves the fonts in place instead of copying them to one of the fonts folders.

Now that I had them in Font Book, I could remove all the duplicates by selecting all the fonts with dots by their name and choosing, File » Remove "Font name." Things were looking better, but I wanted to install these fonts on another computer. So I exported them by using Edit » Select All, then File » Export.

To my surprise, Font Book created subfolders by font name for every font. Nice and organized, free from duplicates. As a final check, I ran File » Validate File and chose my new 'Exported Fonts' folder. That found a couple more issues with some suitcases that I fixed by following this thread on Apple's discussion board. When I was done, I had a clean set of fonts ready to distribute.

[robg adds: I don't know if this one also works in 10.4; for now, I've not tagged it '10.5 only,' but if someone can test on 10.4, please add a comment.]
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Organize fonts using Font Book
Authored by: ehunt123 on Aug 01, '08 08:25:11AM

I had the same situation and wound up spending a few days converting the ones I could to OTF. It is the future of fonts, from what I read, has support almost everywhere and allowed me to go through and decide what to do with ones that did not look good or were damaged. After that, I got the free fontmatrix program to catalog.

TransType Pro (OS X but not the PC version) was the only program that took in both Mac and PC fonts and did a good job processing. Unfortunately, it is still a PPC binary and I definitely saw it crash when the ram consumption was up there.

On the font preview side, you have many options here. Almost all support OTF but I had almost every one crash when asked to do 100+. I also wanted to produce a nice waterfall catalog and go through individually for regular 14/24/48 pt blotters, which I scripted up some shell and perl for.

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No, no, no don't organize fonts using Font Book
Authored by: guns on Aug 01, '08 07:24:22PM
If you're a graphic designer, you probably already know this, but if you're working with anything more than 500 fonts or so, you really should be using a professional font management program. The best free one (and I think the best period) is Linotype FontExplorer X.

I don't have a lot of time to explain (and I just lost the post that I was writing), but it's basically an iTunes approach to font management. Niceties include Smart groups, multiple font preview by family or selection with custom text, mediated font importing, easy batch font activation/deactivation, centralized alphabetically organized font library, font exporting to zip files, and the list goes on and on. The OP would appreciate the font library organization that Font Book only does in exporting that Linotype FontExplorer X does by default.

Of course, this is one of those things where if you're not sure you need it, you probably don't. Still, I thought I'd put it out there in the public record.

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Font Book
Authored by: macintown on Aug 04, '08 10:17:25AM

Well, the Font Book is great for many many users (including designers). You probably is talking about the old version of the Font Book back to Panther or Tiger that didn't work reliably. The Font Book in Leopard is much much better. It can resolve duplicates and disable them in all the fonts and also can validate fonts (and fonts files).

There is nothing wrong with Font Book in Leopard. It is just like everything else new. Some people want to use "professional" font management programs like Adobe Type Manager Deluxe (remember that?), Font Reserve, Font Agent Pro and other commercial products.

Certainly, Linotype Explorer is a great free application that gives an ability to manage fonts and also purchase them (that's why it is free) and I have nothing against it. I like it too. But not everyone needs that.

The whole point of the hint is to show what you can do with a built-in Font Book, that is there and it can do almost everything what other programs can do in a very simple manner. I know at least 15 graphic artists who use the Font Book only to manage fonts on everyday basis and it works for them great. So telling people "don't use Font Book" gives the readers a wrong impression and it is not very polite.

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Font Book
Authored by: Gabs on Aug 07, '08 07:00:31AM

Thanks for the tip about FontExplorer. I've not been using any Font management utilies for ages now. I loved ATM Deluxe back in the day. But my love was spurned. Tough, I know. Never really loved Suitcase. I'll definitely try this one out...

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