Moving Fonts

Using the Finder is it safe to drag fonts from the Home directory to
the Computer (root) location or is there a better or safer way to do
this? Are there any default User fonts that should never be moved?

Todd


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On 11 Sep 2009, at 15:25, Todd wrote:

Using the Finder is it safe to drag fonts from the Home directory to
the Computer (root) location or is there a better or safer way to do
this? Are there any default User fonts that should never be moved?

Todd, do you have a particular reason for wanting to do this? I only
ask because you can disable the fonts using Font Book, or equally,
enable them, and they’ll be OK wherever they are.

best wishes,

Paul Bradforth

http://www.paulbradforth.com


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Are there any default User fonts that should never be moved?

YES! Don’t touch the fonts installed with the OS. They are mostly .dfont files. You can get some strange system behavior should any of them be moved.

There is a conflict also between older legacy versions of Helvetica you might have from the type1 days and the Helvetica that Apple includes with the OS.


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Over time some fonts were installed in the User account for no reason
that I’m aware of (other than carelessness perhaps) and I thought it
would just be better to have them all installed in the System folder
instead.

Todd

On Sep 11, 2009, at 11:11 AM, Paul Bradforth wrote:

Todd, do you have a particular reason for wanting to do this? I only
ask because you can disable the fonts using Font Book, or equally,
enable them, and they’ll be OK wherever they are.


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Don’t EVER change the stuff installed in the folder called System at the top level of your disk. This goes for fonts or anything else.

You could move the fonts to the top level Library/Fonts folder, but all this does is move them from your user folder to making them available for all users of the computer. If you are the only user, then it does not matter.

If you get a third-party font management tool such as MasterJuggler or FontExplorer, you can store your fonts wherever you want and activate them as needed. So, if you have a font you only use for one client, you can store it in the folder where you keep the other documents for that client.

It is okay for your user fonts folder to be completely empty. Mine is.


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Hi Joe,

Moving the fonts to the top-level folder is the only thing I wanted to
do, I know not to mess with the System folder. I use FontExplorer to
manage things and everything went off without a hitch. Thanks Guys.

Todd

On Sep 12, 2009, at 6:50 AM, Joe Muscara wrote:

Don’t EVER change the stuff installed in the folder called System at
the top level of your disk. This goes for fonts or anything else.

You could move the fonts to the top level Library/Fonts folder, but
all this does is move them from your user folder to making them
available for all users of the computer.


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