Fix Fonts & More with Font Doctor
Organize, Remove Duplicates and Troubleshoot
[www.morrisonsoftdesign.com] Font files have a way of multiplying: Old font CDs throughout the client files, purchased downloads stored on random office machines, fonts collected for output lurking like the ghost of projects past. You kept them. Can you find them? Re-use them? Are duplicates causing font ID conflicts? How many are on your drive? How long have they been there? If these problems plague you, consider font doctor, a font utility from Morrison Soft Design.
Font Doctor scours your hard drive, finding all but System fonts. It checks them over, resolves any duplicates or font ID conflicts, and leaves you with a set of fonts that work. If you have hundreds or thousands of fonts lurking, set Font Doctor to auto-trash corrupt and duplicate fonts when it finds them, rather than having to confirm every single decision. If you prefer, it can move them to folders on your desktop, where you can review these misfits and duplicates before sending them to the bin.
You can also use Font Doctor to find your remaining fonts wherever they are, and organize them into a new, hierarchical font library. When creating your library, it is better to choose create alphabetical folders, not font family folders, since it's easier to avoid creating duplicates if you have a flatter file structure, and these programs never seem to put all of the fonts from a family together anyway. You might consider running the program twice to create two separate libraries: One just for TrueType, and the other just for PostScript. To summarize Font Doctor in a word: Fantastic.
Fixated on Free Fonts?
4,000 Fonts for $25! Will They Print?
You can find thousands of free fonts online, but be cautious with what you find. There are significant artistic and technical skills required to make fonts. Closely study the character spacing and kerning from your free font downloads, and make sure the text or headlines created with these fonts looks professional. Often it's the small quality considerations such as kerning pairs that are lacking in free fonts. Your readers may notice the difference.
Watch out for corrupt fonts. They can cripple your system until you isolate the culprit and remove it, which can take hours of your time. Many of the free fonts we've tested just fail to print, and many more create mediocre output results. If a corrupt font keeps the press waiting, it's anything but free.
Personalized Type Specifiers
Create Your Own Font Reference Guide
Windows. [www.moonsoftware.com] Windows users should start off with Moon Software's Font Xplorer Lite. It generates a sample from your installed fonts, with added functionality if you upgrade to the paid version.
Mac. [www.lemkesoft.com] Check out Lemkesoft's Fontbook. It creates a type specimen book from the fonts installed on your computer. For a real-world test of whether a font will print, choose to have it save each font's page as a separate print job and print with the PDF option on to provide a
real-world test of each typeface.
Windows Users: Tweak UI
Windows Fonts Repair
[www.microsoft.com] Tweak UI, a free utility from Microsoft, does many things, including fixing corrupt font resources. Upon launch, the last item in the menu is repair, and within the submenu you'll find repair font folder. This tool restores functionality to the fonts folder while fixing registry corruptions that deny access to fonts even when they appear to be installed correctly. Get Microsoft's Tweak UI by searching microsoft.com for Windows XP PowerToys.
Mac Users: Clean Your Caches!
Onyx: A Fantastic, Free Utility for Mac
[www.titanium.free.fr] We've seen big performance improvements clearing out the font cache from time to time, as for some reason, this cache tends to become corrupt. We recommend Onyx. It's free and it's easy to use and it works.