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28th February 2010, 09:26 PM
Are the font types for the Mac specifically for the Mac or are windows truetype and postscript compatible?
Have quite a few windows TT and type 2 fonts that I've collected over the years.

1st March 2010, 07:14 AM
You won't have any trouble with using TT fonts. But Open Type is where you should be looking for your future fonts purchases.

OS X supports the following type technologies.

PostScript fonts are used for high-quality print output. Each PostScript font requires two files, one for the screen font and one used by the printer.

Multiple Master is a type of PostScript font which generates variations, such as font weight or style, from a single instance of the font. It is a font technology that never took off.

Mac TrueType Unlike Postscript, a single TrueType file contains both screen and printer font information. Although many designers still prefer Postscript, most TrueType fonts are of high quality. The extension is .ttf.

Windows TrueType Like Mac TrueType, the extension is .ttf.

dfonts are OS X System fonts. A type of TrueType font that contain information in the data fork instead of in a separate resource fork, they are of high quality, but may have naming conflicts with installed PostScript or TrueType fonts. If so, you may remove them.

OpenType (.otf) are a new font format which takes advantage of Unicode. Because they can contain 65,000 different glyphs, these fonts have particular value for non-Roman languages such as Chinese or Japanese

1st March 2010, 09:25 AM
Thanks Mael for that detailed explanation.

Better to use a font manager application to install additional fonts or just use Font Book? If so what would be a recommended application be?

1st March 2010, 11:45 AM
If you are going to be using many different types of fonts, a font management app will save you from tearing your hair out. I recommend Suitcase Fusion 2 (http://www.extensis.com/en/products/suitcasefusion2/), I have been using this app for years although it does cost money to buy. A free font manager that you could also try is Linotype Font Explorer X (http://www.fontexplorerx.com/?PHPSESSID=56dd50bde9637b8070ab20ae3363ac8c).



1st March 2010, 11:49 AM
For most people, who just want to import fonts and turn some on & off, the app already installed with OS X - Font Book - is just fine.

If you have lots and lots of fonts and need to categorise, flag for use with certain publications etc, then something along the lines of Suitcase is your best bet.