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Real World Mac OS X Fonts by Sharon Zardetto Aker

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8. Update Legacy Fonts

If you’re not new to the Mac, you may have a few old font favorites, or even a vast collection that you have no intention of giving up. But there are a few things you must do and a few things you should do to use your old fonts in Mac OS X.

First, though, a little stroll down memory lane: Beginning in System 7, bitmapped and TrueType fonts were stored in the system’s Fonts folder either as single-font files or grouped in suitcases. The suitcases frequently held several—or many—different font families, because the system had a limit to the number of font files that could be open at one time; stuffing a suitcase was the way to get at lots of fonts with only one file open. Bitmapped and TrueType fonts were often mixed in a ...

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