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Create a comprehensive writing system font collection in Font Book Apps
To create a font collection within Mac OS X Font Book, which covers all characters/glyphs/symbols (i.e., the complete range) necessary for a certain writing system, we can use a little trick in conjunction with System Preference's language settings.

Remark: Throughout this hint, I use the term 'writing system' although the involved software applications and their labeling and naming conventions may also use terms such as 'language, script, etc.' interchangeably. Within context you will easily understand the instructions; I just mention this for completeness.

Here are the steps:
  • Open System Preferences » Language and Text » Language.
  • In the language list, leave your native writing system on top.
  • Click: Edit list.
  • Enable all writing systems for which you would like to create the font collection. Confirm the selection, leave this window open.
  • Open Font Book.
  • Move and resize the windows as necessary so that you can see both Font Book and System Preferences, and easily switch between them.
  • Repeat the following steps for each writing system for which you would like to create a font collection:
  • Go to System Preferences and drag writing system XX to the top.
  • Within Font Book's collection list, right beyond the first entry 'All fonts,' a dynamic font collection refreshes to the writing system XX, which you just have chosen in System Preferences. This dynamic font collection only shows those fonts, which contain the necessary character range for your chosen writing system.
  • Create a new font collection, give it a meaningful name, i.e. 'Japanese Script.'
  • Click on the dynamic font collection on the top (i.e. 'Japanese'), select all fonts (Command+A), then drag and drop them on the font collection, which you created in the previous step (i.e. 'Script Japanese').

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one.]
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Re: Create a comprehensive writing system font collection in Font Book
Authored by: Uncle Asad on Nov 21, '11 04:40:19PM

Sadly, this doesn't appear to actually work on 10.5; Font Book does everything the hint says it will do (quit-restart of the app also required on 10.5), but the dynamic language/script-specific collection only contains Helvetica and Times for everything I've tried (including Arabic, which is not supported by Helvetica or Times).

It's a shame this feature is so buggy on 10.5, because it really is a neat feature. Thanks to porg for the hint; I look forward to using it on later OS versions ;)



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Re: Create a comprehensive writing system font collection in Font Book
Authored by: usovalx on Nov 23, '11 05:10:11PM

It doesn't seem to really work in 10.7 either.
It shows only some core set of fonts which have a support for the given language, bu t it doesn't fit to quickly sort all of the available fonts.



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