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Chapter 26. Fonts on Your Mac > Font Management

Font Management

Making collections of typefaces in the font panel (if the application has one) is fine for a small number of fonts. But I happen to have over 150 megabytes of them, which is probably over 3,000 fonts, and those are just the ones I have installed. There’s no way I can drop all of those into my Fonts folder—my font list would be 12 feet long and my computer would probably drop dead. So I use a font management utility, which you probably do too if you’re reading this paragraph.

If you haven’t used a font management program yet, this is what it does: Instead of installing all of your fonts into the Fonts folder, which makes every font open all the time, you can store your fonts in a separate folder anywhere in your Home area that you like. For instance, you could have a folder called “My Fonts” in your Home folder. Then your font management utility lets you create sets of fonts from this folder so you can open just the ones you want when you want them. Sets are sort of like the font collections in the font panel, except all of the fonts that you’re not using at the moment are actually “disabled” and do not take up memory or processing power at all. The unused fonts are just sitting in their folder doing nothing, like all other files that are not open. In your application’s font list, you see only the fonts you need for that particular project.


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