Mac Newbie - Best way to add a lot of fonts?

jekie's picture

Hi All,

I've spent the past day and a half restoring my mac (osX 10.5.5) to working condition. Yesterday I dumped thousand of fonts into ~Library/Fonts. My system became unstable. I tried using Linotype FontExplorer X to turn off all but 1000 fonts, but my mac was still hosed. Certain apps would crash as soon as they started. I used TIme Machine to restore that directory to its prior state, and now I'm back in working condition.

I would love to have all of these fonts as a resource. How do I use them without causing problems for my mac?

Ken Messenger's picture

You should load them into a font management program like FontExplorer or Extensis Suitcase. That fact that you're "dumping" thousands of fonts into your system leads me to believe that many are either shareware and/or of highly questionable quality. I'm not sure about FontExplorer but Suitcase will weed out or repair corrupted fonts as you add them. And you should only activate a few fonts for general use and others on an as-needed basis.

gohebrew's picture

I bought for myself Suitcase a very long time ago. I always urged my customers to buy it too, and make it a habit to use it, and not Apple's font installation approach (from FontMover to the Library's font folder etc.).

As you see, I am strongly recommending it to you.

You could group the fonts into different "suitcases" based upon styles or different needs.

Suitcase is an excellent product. It has been around for a few decades, and is being constantly updated for compatibility with new Mac operating systems.

jayyy's picture

I just use FontBook that is provided with Mac OSX. What is everyone's thoughts on FontBook vs. Suitcase?

I did previously have Suitcase when on Windows.

bemerx25's picture

I haven't been impressed with FontBook (although it has gotten better). I have used Suitcase - and it worked well. But I prefer the light footprint and responsiveness of FontExplorer and thus I am currently using it.

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