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Real World Mac OS X Fonts

Real World Mac OS X Fonts

Sharon Aker

Sep 2006, Paperback, 360 pages
ISBN13: 9780321474018
ISBN10: 0321474015
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As someone who works with fonts every day, you need to know exactly how fonts work in Mac OS X. Long-time Mac author Sharon Zardetto Aker has the answers you need, explaining where your fonts reside, why they are there, and what to do about duplication and long Font menus. Once thatís under control, youíll learn things like the ins and outs of different font installation methods; how to use Font Book to manage, validate, and organize fonts; ways of dealing with legacy Mac OS 9 fonts; and how to make the most of character-rich Unicode fonts. And to help with those maddening font problems, Sharon provides troubleshooting steps and real-world advice for solving problems fast. If youíve experienced seemingly inexplicable trouble with characters displaying incorrectly, an inability to type a particular character, fonts missing from Font menus, confusing behavior in Microsoft or Adobe programs, Font Book crashing, or Character Palette misbehaving, Real World Mac OS X Fonts has the help you need.

In this book, youíll find the answers to questions like these:

  • What types of fonts can I use with Mac OS X?
  • In what order does Mac OS X access fonts from all their possible locations?
  • How can I figure out what characters are available in a Unicode font?
  • How can I minimize font-related troubles when sharing documents across platforms?
  • How do I go about troubleshooting a font problem?
  • How do I enter special characters?
  • How do I print font samples?
  • How do I work with legacy fonts?

As someone who works with fonts every day, you need to know exactly how fonts work in Mac OS X. Long-time Mac author Sharon Zardetto Aker has the answers you need, explaining where your fonts reside, why they are there, and what to do about duplication and long Font menus. Once thatís under control, youíll learn things like the ins and outs of different font installation methods; how to use Font Book to manage, validate, and organize fonts; ways of dealing with legacy Mac OS 9 fonts; and how to make the most of character-rich Unicode fonts. And to help with those maddening font problems, Sharon provides troubleshooting steps and real-world advice for solving problems fast. If youíve experienced seemingly inexplicable trouble with characters displaying incorrectly, an inability to type a particular character, fonts missing from Font menus, confusing behavior in Microsoft or Adobe programs, Font Book crashing, or Character Palette misbehaving, Real World Mac OS X Fonts has the help you need.

In this book, youíll find the answers to questions like these:

  • What types of fonts can I use with Mac OS X?
  • In what order does Mac OS X access fonts from all their possible locations?
  • How can I figure out what characters are available in a Unicode font?
  • How can I minimize font-related troubles when sharing documents across platforms?
  • How do I go about troubleshooting a font problem?
  • How do I enter special characters?
  • How do I print font samples?
  • How do I work with legacy fonts?

SHARON ZARDETTO AKER has been writing about the Macintosh professionally since 1984. She has authored nearly a thousand articles for Macintosh magazines, starting with articles in the earliest issues of Macworld and the premiere issue of MacUser. She has written more than 20 computer books, including The Mac Almanac, and she was the author and primary editor for several editions of the best-selling Peachpit compendium The Macintosh Bible.

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