2 Replies Latest reply: Mar 19, 2013 6:17 PM by wideEyedPupil
wideEyedPupil Level 2 Level 2 (360 points)

People at Apple love to talk about how iPad is not just a content browsing device it's a content creation device. Yet I can't add fonts to the Library for use in Keynote pages. This means I'll have to take text off 70 slides and into Illustrator, convert to outlines and reimport to keynote as vectors, line them up with existing text then delete exisiting text to use a presentation on an iPad. And forget about ever editting the text — it's gonesky.


I know I can add fonts as app resources for iOS but I can't add them as a user. Why the **** not, there's a danger of Comic Sans finding it's way onto an iPad and the Apple Police are defending or aesthictic values?!

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5), Wacom tablet, Dell 27" U2713HM,
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (75,310 points)

    Yes, for 8 years now, Apple has not allowed users to add things to iOS other than what you find in the app store -- not fonts or keyboards or apps from elsewhere, etc.


    The place to make your points where Apple will see it is




    The iBooks Author app has the ability to embed fonts, if that app could be used for your purpose

  • wideEyedPupil Level 2 Level 2 (360 points)

    Thanks for Author.app tip. I've only played around with it a bit so I have a closer look. I want to be able to distribute the Keynote to a community of users who can make there own edits so it wont really work for me in that contetx but maybe in others.


    I've been giving Apple feedback for years, both on that link and direct emails to members of certain development teams. I'm unconvivnced Apple heirachy listens to any of it. The only thing remotely like listening was a suggestion I made for a thing kind of like what was to become Magic Move transitions in Keynote. I was asking for a 'duplicate slide with all objects in *end positions after builds*' to facilitate complex transitions and build sequences.


    I'd still like that duplicate slide with objects in end positions command Magic Move is more of a Ken Burns effect (to use Apple's iMovie nomenclature). If you want to use custom builds to do you animation and need to go to a new slide because it's all getting too much complexity for one slide (animation move paths are terrible to use as is lack of North and West pasteboards) you have to recreate all the end positions and line up with guides, it's hideously time consuming.


    I've probalby got a list of 30 or so suggestions for Keynote apnd seeing as Apple has advertised positions on iWork dev team ove rhe past two years maybe there's some hope of improvements one day. Maybe released with a redesigned Mac Pro wouldn't that be nice…


    No user fonts on iOS for 8 years is enought to make me investigate Andriod and to be honest I real DON'T want to go there.