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Offline almaink

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Fix for the Leopard font issue
« on: November 08, 2007, 02:43:15 PM »
Navigate in the Finder (or your favorite file manager substitute) to:

/System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/ATS.framework/Versions/A/Resources/ProtectedFonts/

Here you'll see a copy of key fonts needed by the system. Delete the font from this directory first, THEN you can delete it from the /System/Library/Fonts folder.

You've essentially just broken Leopard's ability to repair itself as far as that particular font goes. But, in a pro publishing environment where your Helvetica is not the same as Apple's choice, that's something you sometimes have to do.

As far as I know, the major font managers have not yet been updated to deal with this change.

WARNING: don't try this at home if you're not sure what you're doing. This technique should only be used by experienced design/prepress users who simply MUST control their font destiny. If you remove Helvetica (for example) in this way, IMMEDIATELY replace it with the Helvetica of your choice PostScript, OpenType, TrueType -- but don't put it in the /System/Library/Fonts folder, instead put it in a higher-level place, like /Library/Fonts.

And in NO case should you ever remove the Lucida Grande, Keyboard, LastResort fonts.
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Re: Fix for the Leopard font issue
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2007, 02:53:30 PM »
ah, help form PP...

maybe there's hope after all.


thanks for the tip on the type...
may be needing that in the near future.
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Re: Fix for the Leopard font issue
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2007, 04:13:25 PM »
Nice tip, I'll keep that in mind.

Just to add a little detail, Lucidia Grand is used by the operating system all over the place, like wise with keyboard used for determining keyboard layouts etc, and last resort is used to display the kernal panic message.

As Almaink says, best not to mess with these unless you really know what your doing, because of the chace of rendering your machine dead
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