8 Replies Latest reply: Mar 16, 2013 2:58 PM by kristenfromorlando
Blackkite Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I lost track of the font menu in Mountain Lion´s Keyboard Viewer. Where did the font menu go?


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: Font menu in Mountain Lion´s Keyboard Viewer?
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,500 points)

    Hi,

     

    Do you mean this ?

    Screen Shot 2013-01-13 at 21.37.14.png

     

    That's the Character Viewer turned on in System Preferences > Language and Text  > Input source tab.

     

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    9:38 PM      Sunday; January 13, 2013


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  • 2. Re: Font menu in Mountain Lion´s Keyboard Viewer?
    Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,995 points)

    Gone. It now only shows standard key outputs. The Character Palette has likewise been dumbed down to the point of uselessness.

     

    For a character palette which can actually show you the full set of characters in one font, purchase Ultra Character Map. The link is the developer's site, which gives you nice info on what it can do. You purchase the app in the App Store.

  • 3. Re: Font menu in Mountain Lion´s Keyboard Viewer?
    Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (16,200 points)

    Same page Ralph is showing, but further down the screen.

     

    Screen Shot 2013-01-13 at 4.42.46 PM.png

     

    That will get it to the menu bar, but Kurt is correct. No option for fonts.

  • 4. Re: Font menu in Mountain Lion´s Keyboard Viewer?
    Blackkite Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Many thanks guys,

     

    I thought so. Apple converted a useful function into humbug for beginners. The Character Viewer cannot do its job.

     

    I hope Apple will come back to the earlier Keyboard Viewer as we had it in earlier system versions (see attached picture)

     

     

    Keyboard Viewer.gif

  • 5. Re: Font menu in Mountain Lion´s Keyboard Viewer?
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,735 points)

    Blackkite wrote:

     

    I hope Apple

     

    You can let them know what you want via

     

    http://www.apple.com/feedback

     

    but this one is never going to happen.  In a fully unicode system the characters on Keyboard Viewer do not depend on the font and so the menu has no real use.

  • 6. Re: Font menu in Mountain Lion´s Keyboard Viewer?
    Blackkite Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Turning to a fully unicode system means likely that fonts like the classic Symbol are not supported any more. The font menu in the Keyboard Viewer had some use for those fonts and the special characters accessable thru Alt and Ctrl-Alt as well.

    I played a bit around and added a Greek flag to the input menu. And -voila- the Greek letters of the Symbol font were available in the Keyboard Viewer.

  • 7. Re: Font menu in Mountain Lion´s Keyboard Viewer?
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,735 points)

    Blackkite wrote:

     

    The font menu in the Keyboard Viewer had some use for those fonts and the special characters accessable thru Alt and Ctrl-Alt as well.

     

     

    With Unicode the special characters accessable via option/alt and shift + option/alt are also always the same regardless of the font.

     

    Currently I think Apple only provides 2 non-Unicode fonts where Keyboard viewer could in theory show something different: Type Embellishments and Bodoni Ornaments.

     

    With the Greek flag showing you get all the characters for standard Greek, which are now available in a large number of fonts besides Symbol.  The default is normally Lucida Grande.

  • 8. Re: Font menu in Mountain Lion´s Keyboard Viewer?
    kristenfromorlando Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Thank you!