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How to salvage OS X when fonts go awry
Authored by: gaoshan on Mar 29, '06 11:44:00AM

Here is the safe, accurate, fast way I salvaged my fonts after screwing them up. Using the amazing and free Linotype FontExplorer X go to:

  • Tools->Clean System Fonts folders...
  • Check the "Clean font caches and reboot afterwards..." box
  • Click "Clean..."

That should do it. You can run through the rest of the options under Tools if you want.

This will place a folder of removed fonts on your desktop. You can add back in what you want but all of the removed fonts are extras, i.e. not system related, so removing them simply resets your system fonts while leaving them for you to add later if you so desire.

I've done this on two different Macs and have had spectacular results in each case.

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How to salvage OS X when fonts go awry
Authored by: ManxStef on Mar 31, '06 11:57:06AM

Seconded. I've been using FontExplorer X to manage my type collection a few months now and it's great.

I've used the "Clean System Fonts" along with clearing out the caches on a couple of different Macs and it's really handy, allows for better organisation without hosing the default system fonts (it also won't let you delete or de-activate them). It's also got a "Clean application font caches..." option which'll clear out the Photoshop/Illustrator/Quark/MSOffice caches just in case cleaning the system ones doesn't fix the issue.

The plugins (with auto-activation turned on) can be a little quirky -- I've had a few problems with the Quark one -- but overall I'd definitely recommend it. Oh, and the price isn't bad, either :)

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