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Fonts got f***ed up after I updated to 10.6.4

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Brownface Calculating status...
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Jun 15, 2010 7:30 PM
Like my subject title says, right after I updated to Snow Leopard 10.6.4 the font in Mozilla Firefox got messed up and do not look the way that they used too. I had it the way I liked but now on certain sites, it's not messed up on all sites, like on the apple site I have no font problems. But, like at google the fonts jacked up and at many other sites it's smaller and looks weird.

What can I do to fix this?
Thank you.
MacBook Pro 7,1 (2.4 Ghz, 4GB, 250GB), Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,445 points)
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    Jun 15, 2010 7:34 PM (in response to Brownface)
    Hi,

    You may have a corrupted font or a duplicate font that's causing the problem.

    Go here for here for help with that.

    Font Problems and Mac OS X Management

    May also help to empty the Firefox cache.



    1. From the Tools menu, select Clear Recent History... .

    2. From the Time range to clear: drop-down menu, select the desired range; to clear your entire cache, select Everything.

    3. Click the down arrow next to "Details" to choose what history elements to clear. Click Clear Now.

















    Carolyn
    Intel iMac 2.66 iPad 32GB iPhone 3GS. MBAir, Mac OS X (10.6.3), QTPro Intuos Tablet Epson Olympus Airport iPods JBL
  • Infogroupltd Calculating status...
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    Jun 15, 2010 7:35 PM (in response to Brownface)
    i am also having an issue... i can not install any fonts useing FontExplorer... this is a BIG problem. i even tried re installing everything... nope... nothing.
    Macbook Pro, Other OS, 2.5 GHz intel duo / 4 Gig RAM
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,445 points)
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    Jun 15, 2010 7:50 PM (in response to Brownface)
    Intel iMac 2.66 iPad 32GB iPhone 3GS. MBAir, Mac OS X (10.6.3), QTPro Intuos Tablet Epson Olympus Airport iPods JBL
  • Infogroupltd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 15, 2010 9:13 PM (in response to Brownface)
    it has not fixed my issue... all my fonts are missing and unreadable by FontExplorer. i have tried re installing them to no avail.

    i am really not sure what to do and this is pretty scary.

    gulp
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3), 2.5 GHz intel duo / 4 Gig RAM
  • rcmel Calculating status...
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    Jun 15, 2010 11:48 PM (in response to Infogroupltd)
    I'm in the same boat. After validating my fonts, I've got 164 "minor problems" and 11 "serious errors".
    I've downloaded hundreds of fonts over the years, and don't want to just delete all of them.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3), Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • ee Calculating status...
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    Jun 16, 2010 5:29 AM (in response to Brownface)
    Same problems after updating to 10.6.4. I'm a manual font manager... with lots of fonts 'activated' in the Mac OS Fonts folders. Only a few system fonts showed up.

    I did the Firefox cache thing... restarted and everything works again. Why on earth is Firefox a solution for this problem?

    Updated to 10.6.4 on two Macs, only one had font problems.
    Power Mac G5, MacBook, iPod, iPod shuffle, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,535 points)
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    Jun 16, 2010 6:50 AM (in response to Brownface)
    Clear the font cache files from the system.

    1) Close ALL running applications.

    2) Open the Terminal and enter this command:

    sudo atsutil databases -remove

    3) Close Terminal and IMMEDIATELY restart your Mac.
    Mac Pro 8 core Xeon, 14GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Kodak Eversmart Supreme scanner, Epson Stylus Pro 4000
  • Infogroupltd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 16, 2010 7:17 AM (in response to Brownface)
    yup... the firefox thing fixed it... and i don't even use firefox... that is so weird.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3), 2.5 GHz intel duo / 4 Gig RAM
  • JimR. Calculating status...
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    Jun 17, 2010 12:17 AM (in response to Kurt Lang)
    Thanks, Kurt.

    The "atsutil databases -remove" trick sorted out the font problems I was having in Camino after the 10.6.4 update.
    MacBook 13" White 2.4GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • qbus Calculating status...
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    Jun 19, 2010 5:48 AM (in response to Kurt Lang)
    Thanks Kurt, your solution worked for me, too!
    MacBook Pro 17, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • stueey Calculating status...
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    Jun 24, 2010 10:35 AM (in response to qbus)
    Well I did them both and one of them worked, I suspect it was the terminal thing as neither FE or FB would work. Font Book didn't manage to import a lot of my fonts without displaying errors or even quitting and Font Explorer would have the fonts but couldn't activate them.

    I wish I found this thread before my last wasted hour.

    Thank you profoundly for the fix, I love you!
    2x2.8gig Quad-Core Intel Xeon, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 8 gig RAM
  • Todd Lyall Calculating status...
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    Aug 18, 2010 8:59 AM (in response to Kurt Lang)
    I installed Font Explorer 2.5.1 and nothing would activate under 10.6.3
    All fonts added showed up as "Not Available"

    I always follow your recommendations for removing all but the required fonts in the operating system, and due to my prepress environment MUST use our own Helvetica.

    I got it to work by turing off the Apple Font Protection in Terminal:
    atsutil fontprotection -off

    then
    atsutil databases -removeUser

    then
    atsutil server -shutdown

    then
    atsutil server -ping

    Rebooted and Font Explorer worked like a champ.

    Thanks for your awesome document on dealing with fonts in OSX, it is invaluable!
    Todd Lyall
    2 x 2.66 intel Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
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