12 Replies Latest reply: Jul 8, 2012 11:02 AM by ~Bee
Frank Lowney1 Level 1 (5 points)

I seem to be mission what I believe should be a standard font for MacOS X 10.7 (Palitino fanily).  Where can I download the standard set of fonts  for Lion so that I can correct this?

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,191 points)

    Why do you think built-in fonts are missing?

  • Frank Lowney1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I'm seeing arror messages when I import iBooks Author projects (done by others) saying that there are missing fonts and listing Palitino.  My recollection is that Palitino has been a default Mac font just about forever.


    Used to be that  you'd just pop the install CD or DVD into the computer and re-install Fonts, extra fonts and so on.  Now that Lion is a net-based install, that seems to have gone by the wayside.  Font Book has a "Restore Standard Fonts" item in the File menu but that didn't seem to help.  That may simply acticate a deactivated font. 

  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,191 points)

    Back up all data.


    Launch the Font Book application and validate all fonts. You must select the fonts in order to validate them. See the built-in help and the support article linked below for instructions. If Font Book finds any issues, resolve them, then boot in safe mode* (by holding down the shift key at the startup chime) to rebuild the font caches. Boot again as usual and test.


    Mac 101: Font Book


    *Note: If FileVault is enabled under Mac OS X 10.7 or later, or if a firmware password is set, you can’t boot in safe mode. In that case, after running Font Book, launch the Terminal application in any of the following ways:


    Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)


    In the Finder, select Go Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.


    If you’re running Mac OS X 10.7 or later, open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Terminal in the page that opens.


    Drag or copy — do not type — the following line into the Terminal window, then press return:


    sudo atsutil databases -remove


    You'll be prompted for your login password, which won't be displayed when you type it. You may get a one-time warning not to screw up. After running the command, reboot as usual.

  • ~Bee Level 7 (31,420 points)

    Frank --




    Palatino is NOT a system font. It is an Apple font though, so it might be in your User's Library.

    Try this:


  • Frank Lowney1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Yes this appears to be correct (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1642).  Looks like I'll need to find a copy and install it  in order to see this iBooks Author  project as the author intended. 

  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,191 points)

    Palatino is a built-in font in Lion.


    OS X Lion: Fonts list

  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,191 points)

    Yes this appears to be correct...


    No, it isn't.

  • ~Bee Level 7 (31,420 points)

    I'm aware of that, thanks.  It is not a System font, however.

    Frank, go up to my last post.  It has a link to that font in it.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,191 points)

    It is not a System font, however.


    I don't know what that means. The Palatino font is in the 10.7 "Essentials" package, and is therefore present in all complete 10.7 installations at /Library/Fonts/Palatino.ttc.


    If the OP follows your advice, he'll be creating a font conflict. Either he already has the font and it's been disabled (maybe because of a conflict that already exists), or it's been deleted and he needs to reinstall the OS.

  • ~Bee Level 7 (31,420 points)

    Linc -- I do not like arguing like this on the public boards. It only makes the OP feel uncomfortable. The font I linked to is for Mac OSX.  This is my last comment here, and I wish Frank the very best.

  • Frank Lowney1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I found this reference which seems to be authoritative (from Apple):


    My reading of it is that Palitino is not a System Font (located in /System/Library/Fonts) but it is a Library font ( located in /Library/Fonts).


    I found a copy of Palitino and used FontBook to install it.  Looking at /Library/Fonts, I see that it's there.  I tested its usability in Pages and it works as expected.  Now that I have an authoritative list, I can check to see what else, if anything, is missing.


    Thank you all for the help. 

  • ~Bee Level 7 (31,420 points)

    Excellent, Frank.

    So glad you're all sorted now.