Technical question about 0 kb font files.

The Big Squid's picture

This is about packaged files that I received from my art director. When he packaged the font DIN and I open it, the info says that it is 0 kb and there is no file extension. I can't load it in Fontbook or Suitcase. Any suggestions? Thank. Oh and if this is posted somewhere else please let me know. I am new on this board and haven't really browsed around too much.

Mark Simonson's picture

If they are Mac suitcase files, then, most likely, the resource fork (part of the file) was lost. In Mac font suitcases, this is where all the data is stored, which is why the files are 0 kb. This can happen if the files were transfered to some non-Mac file system. Non-Mac file systems cannot "see" the resource fork and it doesn't get copied.

Mark Simonson's picture

One other thing: If the font suitcases were emailed, you can lose the resource fork that way, too. The best solution, if the fonts are to be transfered over the internet, is to compress the files using StuffIt or use OS X Finder's "archive" feature to create a .zip file containing the fonts. When the fonts are uncompressed on the receiving end, the resource forks will be intact. (This is all assuming the computer on the receiving end is also a Mac.)

Miss Tiffany's picture

I've had problems with .zip files losing their resource fork. I've since only used .sit and had no problems.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Oh. Mark covered it. :^)

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

My advice is the same as Mark's and Tiffany's... Have them use StuffIt on the font files before e-mailing or switching to a non-Mac platform.

Mark Simonson's picture

I think the .zip option only works if you do it from the Finder compress/uncompress command on both ends. If you make the .zip file using some other utility, it probably won't work.

The Big Squid's picture

Thanks for the comments I will try to unzip a couple different ways. This is mac to mac btw.

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