Listed below are the sites mentioned during my talks as well as extra resources that may be of some assistance.
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USEFUL FONT LINKS
FONT BEST PRACTICES (aka Cleaning House)
One of the first steps you should take when trying to take control of your fonts is to clean house. Below are three nearly identical takes on the problem, identifying what you have to leave alone in the libraries and what can be removed (but always saved!)
Extensis Best Practices: http://doc.us.extensis.com/Font-Best-Practices-in-OSX-v7.pdf
Design Geek: http:// www.senecadesign.com/designgeek/fonts-osx.html
Design Geek: http:// www.senecadesign.com/designgeek/opentype.html
Ideas Training: http://www.ideastraining.com/PDFs/OSX_FontManagement.pdf
APPLE FONT UTILITIES
You can learn more about Apple’s built in Font Utilities as well as even more information about how OS X handles fonts.
Apple: http://www.apple.com/support/ Search “Font Handling”
THIRD PARTY FONT MANAGERS
Any of these are excellent tools to help manage fonts.
As I find good notes about font troubleshooting, I’ll add them here.
The bulk of these utilities are freeware or shareware with very specific uses. Where possible, I’ve given direct links, but if a link points you to Version Tracker, just enter the name of the utility in the search field to get to a download page.
Font Doctor X: Robust repair and diagnostic tool for fonts.
Smasher: Another repair and diagnostic tool from InSider software.
Unicode Font Info: A slightly more intuitive version of the Character Palette.
Type Cast: A font preview/info widget for OS 10.4.2 Dashboard
OKFont: Fixes font permisions
dfontifier: Converts dfonts into TrueType fonts and vice versa
Font Finagler: Cleans out font caches via interface
FontLab: Company that sells font editors/creators, converters, and other utilities
Font Nuke: Freeware corrupt cache cleaner.
PDFlib FontReporter: Free plugin for Acrobat that offers more in depth information about fonts in a PDF
FONT UTILITIES FOR THE IPHONE
Developers are beginning to create all manner of useful apps for the iPhone. From reference materials to font identifiers, from free to nominal charges, there’s quite a few offerings out there.
The Typography Manual: Great little pay typography resource
What The Font?: Identify fonts with the help of the type community
Font Shuffle: from FontShop, a tool for exploring their catalog
Type Drawing: Draw with letters
Font Size: Font Size calculator
FONTS!: Identify fonts on the iPhone for development
Font Genie: Identify fonts on the iPhone for development
ADOBE CHARACTER MAPS
These PDF files map out the characters against the key commands required to access them.
Links offering a more aesthetic look at fonts and typography.
GENERAL FONT RESOURCES
These links include a random assortment of resources for dealing with fonts.
Microsoft: Section dedicated to typography
Version Tracker: Resource site for searching sfotware updates, freeware, shareware, etc.
Font Geek: A great resource site from someone who loves fonts.
Font Browser: Web-based Flash program that scans your harddrive for fonts.
Identifont: Attempts to identify fonts from samples and clues.
My Fonts: All around type resources with background info, access to purchase fonts, and “what the font” font identifier.
CreativePro.com: a collection of articles about fonts, both aesthetic and technical.
10 Typography Tricks to Make Your Text Much More Readable