5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 5, 2010 12:06 PM by Kurt Lang
net1994 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi All,

We manage several 10.5 macs here at our company. We need to install mac fonts from the Adobe Font Folio program. As we are not to mac savy, could one of you fine chaps tell me how to install fonts on a mac, or post a link?? There are several folders in Font Folio, but not sure what to copy or how to 'register' them so they are visible to the logged in user?

G5, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (59,620 points)
    Copy them to the /Library/Fonts folder. Done.
  • net1994 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ok. Do I copy them to the System/Library or the User/Library folder? Do I need to be logged in as Admin or the root account?

    Also in the Font Folio folder, there are several folders, i.e:
    -Additional Language Fonts
    -Deprecated Fonts
    -Western Fonts
    -Western Fonts (Type 1) - Mac

    So of the above, which ones do we drag to the Library/Fonts folder?

    Thanks !!
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (270,775 points)
    Do I copy them to the System/Library or the User/Library folder?


    Copy them to the Library folder at the top level of the drive instead of either of those.

    Do I need to be logged in as Admin or the root account?


    You need to be logged in as administrator.

    So of the above, which ones do we drag to the Library/Fonts folder?


    Open them and drag everything you want.

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  • net1994 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    After some time, we were just able to actually try this without any luck.

    I have been going insane trying to get this to work on my Mac Book Pro with O/S 10.5.We just bought Adobe Font Folio that has 300+ new fonts and I need to install for anyone who may log in. To do this, I am logged in as administrator. In Font Book I will highlight 'computer' and then click on Add in the lower left. I am then prompted to the folder to add the new fonts. I browse to the main folder and go int 'Western Type Fonts I (MAC)/' In here I select all the font folders (not one by one, or the actual fonts in those folders. Just all the folders themselves). For about a minute, Font Book adds each font one by one.

    Still logged in as Admin, I then go into MS Word 2008, or Adobe Illustrator CS4 and the fonts are available. BUT, if I login as another user they are nowhere to be seen. I thought if I select 'computer' (and not user) as the destination in Font book it would work? One odd thing, is when I navigate to the downloaded font folio folder, I can click on a single font (not the folder, but the actual font) and select 'Install Font.' Do I need to do this first for every font (all 300+!!)?

    Then I tried to copy/paste all the Font Folip font folders into 'system/Library/fonts' on the Mac Drive and this did nothing.

    Anyone have any ides how to get this to work?? I know there is an easier way to do this.... The very little help I have found online hasn't helped me at all.
  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (34,555 points)
    You're running into Font Book's shortcomings. I'm guessing this is what's happening.

    For about a minute, Font Book adds each font one by one.


    If you haven't changed Font Book's preferences, the default is to copy the activated fonts to the Fonts folder of the current logged in account. This is important to remember for the next part.

    BUT, if I login as another user they are nowhere to be seen.


    If the previous statement I made is true, that's why another user can't see them. They've all been copied to the Fonts folder of a different user account, which no other user can access. Choosing "Computer" in Font Book allows use of fonts in the common /System/Library/Fonts/ folder, and the /Library/Fonts/ folder, not the entire hard drive.

    One odd thing, is when I navigate to the downloaded font folio folder, I can click on a single font (not the folder, but the actual font) and select 'Install Font.' Do I need to do this first for every font (all 300+!!)?


    No, but you'd just be repeating the copy of every font to the next user account, assuming you haven't changed Font Book's default settings.

    To clear this whole mess up, do this.

    1) Log into each user account and delete every font in that account's Fonts folder. Make sure you have backups of any fonts in those folders that do not exist anywhere else. Most likely though, they'll all be copies of your Adobe Font Folio fonts. Do not launch Font Book in any account.

    2) If the fonts are duplicated in the common /Library/Fonts/ folder, delete those also. You want the Adobe Folio fonts in only the original location on the hard drive. Best place to put them is in the /Library/ folder, but NOT in the /Library/Fonts/ folder. You want them in a location where anyone on that Mac can activate them, but not in a folder where they are considered "on" all the time. You can also put the font folio at the root of the drive so its folder shows up alongside Applications, Library, Users, etc.

    3) Reset Font Book for all user accounts. Login to each account in Safe Mode. Do that by restarting and immediately holding down the Shift key. When the login screen appears, enter the name of an account. Let it boot to the desktop. Then restart and do a Safe Mode start again, entering the next user account at the login screen. Repeat until all accounts have been started up in Safe Mode.

    What this does is reset Font Book's database and clear all cache files for the account you logged into. Which is why you have to do it for each one. After doing a Safe Mode boot into the last account, reboot normally to any account.

    4) Biggest part here. DO NOT add fonts in Font Book in the usual manner. Use the New Library function. It looks the same as a new font set, but acts completely differently. Create a new Library and give it any name you wish. Then add your fonts to the Library. What Font Book does with a Library is it adds the fonts in what appears to be the same manner as a font set, but it does NOT copy the fonts being added to the Fonts folder set in its preferences. They are instead activated in place. In this manner, everyone is always using the original fonts from the same location.