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Old 04-24-2007, 12:54 PM   #1
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Default Mac font mgmt w/Lino FontExplorer X

I finally installed the free Linotype FontExplorer X and spent about a day organizing my fonts and setting a good bunch of them up in the font manager.

So far, so good. It has some behavior I don’t especially like (which may mean merely that it is not like good old [late lamented] ATM Deluxe). For example …

• I would like to be able to move fonts from one set to another, preferably by dragging, but do not see any way to do that.

• I would like to tell it (in Preferences) not to retain both TT and T1 versions of the same font (this occurred when I fed it the archive of my ITC library, which includes both sets in the file). So now I need to go through and delete the TT versions.

• It doesn’t identify the foundry unless it is part of the font name. When you get to Garamond or Caslon or other fonts for which I have many versions from several different sources, it is tedious to find the ones I want.

• It could not “read” some of my early ITC/Letraset fonts, and dumped them all into a font family entitled (in red) “No family name.” Selecting one of the fonts in that collection and doing a Get Info tells me there is no printer font. Pretty sure the source files included the printer fonts, but guess this is something to look into when I get a chance.

• Suppose I could use color coding to indicate specific foundries; that would help with the confusion with Garamonds, etc.

This is FontExplorer 1.1.2, downloaded yesterday. Does seem nice and stable (so far). Now to test its auto-activation.

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