3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 10, 2012 12:02 PM by Kurt Lang
joshpic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Why does Font Book duplicate some font files in my fonts folder when activating the font? I have a font folder with alphabetized folders inside of it and fonts inside each alphabetized folder after that. Whenever I activate some fonts, font book creates a separate font file in the general folder while other times it does not. Anyone know why?


Font Book, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (34,590 points)

    Do you mean something like this?

     

    Greta

    Greta Italic

     

    Instead of just Greta at the left and your style choices at the right?

     

    If so, that's caused by the internal names of the fonts. Instead of the fonts having a common Family name of Greta, the creator gave each font a family name with the full name of the style. By doing that, they list as separate font families instead of being grouped together.

  • joshpic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    No....I mean I have folders structured like this.

     

    Fonts

         A

              Archer

                   Archer-Bold.otf

                   Archer-Book.otf

                   Archer-Light.otf

                   Archer-Medium.otf

              Arno

         B

              Bailey

              Bell Gothic

     

    And on and on.....

     

    with some fonts once I activate them. I end up with the following, assuming I just activated Archer lets say.

     

    Fonts

         A

              Archer

                   Archer-Bold.otf

                   Archer-Book.otf

                   Archer-Light.otf

                   Archer-Medium.otf

              Arno

              Archer-Bold.otf

              Archer-Book.otf

              Archer-Light.otf

              Archer-Medium.otf

    B

              Bailey

              Bell Gothic

     

    Again, only some fonts duplicate like this after activating.

  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (34,590 points)

    Hard to say why it's doing that, but the usual fix when Font Book starts doing anything wonky is to reset its database.

     

    Restart your Mac and immediately hold down the Shift key when you hear the startup chime to boot into Safe Mode. Keep holding the Shift key until you see a progress bar towards the bottom of the screen. You can let go of the Shift key at that point.

     

    OS X asks you to log in (you will get this screen on a Safe Mode boot even if your Mac is set to automatically log in). Let the Mac finish booting to the desktop and then restart normally. This will clear Font Book's database and the cache files of the user account you logged into in Safe Mode.