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Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition by David Pogue

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Fonts—and Font Book

Over the years, Macintosh fonts have improved considerably. No longer must you pray to the printer gods that your beautiful flyer won’t come out with jagged-looking type because you chose the wrong font type, one that doesn’t have smooth edges.

Mac OS X delivers type that is all smooth, all the time. Fonts in Tiger’s formats— called TrueType, PostScript Type 1, and OpenType—always look smooth onscreen and in printouts, no matter what the point size.

Tiger comes with a program that’s just for installing, removing, inspecting, and organizing fonts. It’s called Font Book (Figure 14-10), and it’s in your Applications folder.

Where Fonts Live

If you’re used to Mac OS 9 or Windows, one of the most confusing changes is that there’s no longer one single Fonts folder for your computer. There are now five Fonts folders. The fonts you actually see listed in the Fonts menus and Font panels of your programs are combinations of these Fonts folders’ contents. They include:

  • Your private fonts (your Home folderLibraryFonts). This Fonts folder sits right inside your own Home folder. You’re free to add your own custom fonts to this folder. Go wild—it’s your font collection and yours alone. Nobody else who uses the Mac can use these fonts, and will never even know that you have them.

  • Main font collection (LibraryFonts). This, for all intents and purposes, is the equivalent of the traditional Fonts folder. Any fonts in this folder are available to everyone to use in every program. (As ...

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