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Modify built-in font-sampling method
Authored by: whome on Jul 18, '12 11:24:23PM

Easy as pie - insert your own text.

Or just use this to get an idea of what's available -

Itrntinliztin

NB: Furthermore specialized letters as may be found and inserted via Character Palette (under the flag menu) will not make it through Macworld's site. Also, if you save what's there now you can as easily revert to original later on.

Edited on Jul 18, '12 11:47:38PM by whome



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Modify built-in font-sampling method
Authored by: Kissamo on Jul 19, '12 06:12:06AM

Thanks whome, but I should have prefaced my question with the fact this was my very first post. The "easy as pie" part of your reply had my hopes up that I would be able to figure it out. Sadly, not the case...



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Modify built-in font-sampling method
Authored by: whome on Jul 19, '12 09:30:09AM

Never mind, let's go. You know that Font Book will open upon double clicking the name of any of your font files in the finder.

Font Book's window lists all your installed fonts in its central column while the font you clicked is displayed formatting a standard sample text in the space on the right. You can enlarge it considerably via the Size box in the upper right corner.

The sample text in that window can be overwritten:

Copy my text - "Itrntinliztin" by double-clicking it and hitting command - c.

Click Font Book's sample text, make sure the cursor is blinking right inside and hit command - a, then command - v.

(1) You should now see "Itrntinliztin" displayed instead of what was there before.

(2) Click on any font's name in the middle column to see "Itrntinliztin" displayed with that font's typeface in the right hand box.

If any of the letters in "Itrntinliztin" should not appear now, this is Font Book's way of telling you that the font you selected is missing this letter. Select another font.

You can enlarge its display via the Size box in the upper right corner.

(3) Click inside that text again, make sure the cursor is blinking right inside and hit command - a. Type any text you like and follow up with (2).

Next:

(4) Find and click Character Palette under the Finder's Flag menu.

(If it's not installed on your machine check System Preferences UN-Flag icon in the upper row. Go to tab Sources and place a hook with "Show sources in menu bar". Help will also tell you how to display it.)

Once it opens explore all its glyphs and letters.

With your cursor still awaiting entry inside Font Book's sample window, double click on any item you like in Character Palette to have it appear in Font Book's sample window, ready to be reformatted or printed (as described in magnamous' original hint).

Enjoy!



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Modify built-in font-sampling method
Authored by: Kissamo on Jul 19, '12 10:21:55AM

Thanks so much for the detailed instructions. I got to #4 so definitely progress. Got lost in the Character Palette/Flag menu, but still can see more fonts than I originally could. Thanks!



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Modify built-in font-sampling method
Authored by: whome on Jul 19, '12 11:26:56AM

Great Kissamo, ready?

Go to Apple Menu and select System Preferences. The window's upper row lets you select Language and Text, once there select the tab Input Sources. First off, turn Keyboard & Character Viewer on, next add the hook on Show Input in menu bar. Done.

Exit System Preferences, click your desktop and you're in Finder. Next to the Menu bar's Date you should see a US flag and this is your Flag menu. Its 3rd item might be Show Character Viewer which is what you want. From here you're on sacred ground.

And don't neglect the Asian fonts. Cheers!



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Modify built-in font-sampling method
Authored by: Kissamo on Jul 19, '12 12:11:59PM

Wow...you are definitely patient. Got it now...so thanks so much for sticking with my questions and explaining it so well!



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