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kopaczynskie
01-30-2007, 09:50 PM
Help.

I removed a font from the System font folder and now Safari and other apps display text with symbols rather that text. I realize I removed the wrong font but can anyone advise which fonts should be left alone? - And what I should put back to make my text readable?

Thanks,

Eddie Kopaczynski
GPI

wendytf
01-31-2007, 02:19 AM
System/Library/Fonts
Apple LiGothic Medium.dfont
AppleGothic.dfont
AquaKanaBold.otf
AquaKanaRegular.otf
Geneva.dfont
Keyboard.dfont
LastResort.dfont
LucidaGrande.dfont
Monaco.dfont
Hei.dfont
Helvetica.dfont

Here's a link to help

http://www.wesleyan.edu/its/media/fonts_osx.htm

Eric Biggins
02-14-2007, 04:17 PM
I agree with Wendy, in fact I actually trim my list down a little further than her. I only keep the following;

System/Library/Fonts
Keyboard.dfont
LastResort.dfont
LucidaGrande.dfont
Monaco.dfont

Note- depending what version of Prinergy you are running you may need Helvetica loaded (if I remeber correctly it was versions of 2.3 and 3). Also, I will note that with only having the 4 fonts listed above I have seen a few issues with Safari, mainly when I see a website that has an online poll, the data inside will be blank. This has never been a large concern to me so I never spent the time to figure out which font was needed, I prefer to a as few loaded as possible.

I also have a link that may be of assistance as well.
http://www.creativepro.com/story/feature/20000.html

tlotzer
02-22-2007, 01:29 PM
Delete the Helvetica fractions from the fonts folder.

BTW we don't use Suitcase or other font managers at our shop. We just copy the customer fonts directly into our System:fonts folder. Dump them when finished. Some apps need to be restarted, but not often.

rardolino
03-08-2007, 02:03 PM
Hi Eddie,

This is usually caused by a corrupted font cache. You can clear your font cache using Font Explorer X or Font Finagler. If your using a font management program like Suitcase or MasterJuggler, etc then stick with Finagler as Font Explorer will want to manage your fonts for you.

Finagler can be found here:
HTTP://homepage.mac.com/mdouma46/fcache/fcache.html
10 free uses then a $10 registration feee

Font Explorer can be found here:
http://www.linotype.com/fontexplorerX
Free font management utility

As for the fonts to leave active the only ones you absolutely need are:
LucidaGrande.dfont
LastResort.dfont
Keyboard.dfont

Some programs on the Mac, such as activity monitor, terminal, etc require Helvetica as well. It doesn't have to be the Helvetica.dfont, just some version of Helvetica needs to be loaded.

Hope this helped.

-Bob

Eric Biggins
03-08-2007, 03:41 PM
Eddie,

I definitely agree with Bob in regards to the font cache causing garbage characters. I would recommend using Onyx which works well, doesn't have anything to do with font management, and has a very nice UI. The best thing is you can get it at version tracker for free.
http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/20070

Also, in regards to having Helvetica loaded, I have read that, but haven't personally experienced that. I don't have it loaded, but I do have Monaco loaded, like previously posted. Terminal and Activity Monitor work fine using Monaco, but I must say I don't use those utilities very often. I like the idea of not having Helvetica loaded if at all possible, because of how often it is used in print production.

Eric

robert.hammen
03-08-2007, 05:15 PM
We keep 11 fonts in /System/Library/Fonts:

AppleGothic (some apps will crash without this)
Courier
Geneva
Helvetica
Keyboard
Last Resort
LucideGrande
Monaco
Symbol
Times
Zapf Dingbats

I would strongly suggest you NOT put any non-Apple fonts into /System/Library/Fonts - leave that only for Apple fonts. Put anything else into either /Library/Fonts or ~/Library/Fonts.

I would suggest use of this utility (though avoid Admin-Free Mode and the Repair Permissions checkbox, I've seen issues using them)

http://homepage.mac.com/jpietry/apps/fontnuke/