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Managing Fonts

With the initial releases of Mac OS X, Apple introduced a new type of font suitcase designed to reduce the incompatibilities between the many different font systems available for different computers. With 10.3, Apple continued to upgrade the font system and has added sort-of convenient new font manager: Font Book. In 10.4, Font Book has evolved slightly, but, as a major (missing) feature most users will still notice, lacks any way for you to conveniently print out what would classically be called type books, so that you can compare the features of similar fonts.

Outside of that glaring omission, Font Book gives you a simple and intuitive way to preview what fonts you have installed, group your installed fonts into useful collections, and to install new fonts into your system. In addition to using the new font format, Mac OS X supports these Windows font formats: TrueType fonts with extension .ttf, TrueType collections with extension .ttc, and OpenType fonts with extension .otf. Mac OS X also supports PostScript Type 1, legacy bitmap fonts, and Unicode. Unicode is a universal character-encoding standard for multilingual text support across multiple platforms. Supporting Unicode enhances Mac OS X's multilingual support. Mac OS X's multilingual support is most clearly seen in the available keyboards in the International System preferences pane. At this point, though, you might wonder if your old collection of fonts will work in Mac OS X. Fortunately, Mac OS X also supports older font suitcases used in earlier versions of the operating system without any conversion.


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