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    Font Information

    This thread contains useful Font-related information from the UKS library:

    (Highlights from) a great overview for PC users on all things FONT by Roshi

    Do NOT Delete These Fonts!

    Some Font Managers (in no particular order)
    The Font Thing
    NexusFont
    AMP Font Viewer
    Font Xplorer
    Font Runner

    There are loads more free Font Managers out there - there's bound to be one to suit you!
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    (Highlights from) a great overview for PC users on all things FONT by Roshi

    Image Fonts and File Types
    On PC's, there are a few different file types that can be fonts.
    There are TrueType fonts with TTF files, Type 1 fonts, sometimes also called PostScript fonts which consist of 2 or more files, AFM, INF, PFM and PFB. There are also OTF font (Adobe's Open Type system).
    Whichever file type[s] you use, they're all pretty much the same. Font files, when installed properly, are files used by the operating system to provide different styles of lettering for many applications, such as word processors, image software, and even the operating system itself.

    Downloading fonts
    Most websites offer ZIP files with the font files inside, often with a readme file. To open a ZIP file, you will need WinZip, or Stuffit, or any number of other compression and archive tools. Many are freeware, and some Operating Systems have a ZIP reader built in. Some sites may offer files in RAR format - this is another type of compressed archive, to access the files in a RAR file you'll need WinRar or similar. You may also find some fonts downloadable in SIT format - this is mainly for Mac users, but if you have Stuffit Expander for PC, you can open SIT files. Whether you'll be able to use the fonts inside the SIT is a different story ...
    Most often, if the fonts aren't in a ZIP file or another archived format, they'll be TTF's. Downloading these can be a bit troublesome, as many browsers open the file and display the contents of the file in the window, and it comes up as a heap of ASCII characters and gibberish. This is fine, don't panic if this happens. Just wait for the page to finish loading, and then save the page... it should save as a TTF, but if not, leave it as it is, then once it's finished saving browse to where it saved to and change the file extension to TTF, and the font should work.

    Installing fonts
    After you've downloaded, unzipped and possibly renamed your fonts, you'll need to install them. Windows is fairly predictable with fonts - all you need to do is copy the TTF file into your Windows/Fonts directory. You can do this a few ways. You can go to your Control Panel, to the Fonts folder, and choose "Install New Font" from the File menu. Then you browse to your TTF file, and click OK, and it will be installed.
    That method can be a little tedious, if you have a lot of fonts to install at once. The method I prefer is to simply unzip my fonts to one spot - usually in a backup folder, in case something goes wrong - and then select the fonts you want to install. Right-click and choose "Copy" [or press Ctrl+C] and then browse to your Windows/Fonts folder. Then right-click and "Paste" [or press Ctrl+V] and the fonts will be installed. You may need to refresh the Fonts folder once or twice, do this by hitting F5. It's a good idea just to browse through your Fonts folder and double-check that the fonts you just copied over are actually coming up in the list.
    Now if you open up Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro, or Word, you should have your new fonts available to use in the various type and font boxes in those programs. Please note, some programs don't refresh their fonts if something changes while the program is running. I know that Photoshop only reads what fonts are available when it loads up, so if you've got programs running that you want to use your new fonts in, it's best to close them and re-launch them once the fonts are installed.

    How many fonts can my OS handle?
    This depends on the Operating System - some are limited (1000?), others almost limitless. However keep in mind that having lots of fonts will slow some computers down, especially when launching programs that use fonts, like Photoshop and Word. I know from personal experience that Windows XP boots very fast with only the default fonts installed... and now with 600 or so installed, it's a fair bit slower.

    Managing fonts
    There are quite a few font management programs on the market, some are commercial, some are shareware, others are freeware. These act like databases, where you can sort your fonts by style, give them keywords, and install and remove them when you need them, without fussing around with the Fonts folder. See posts below for some suggestions

    If you don't want/have a management program, try something like this:
    Unzip the fonts to a backup folder and sort them into folders called "Grunge" "Cute" "Bitmap" "Script" etc. Copy special fonts over to the system's font folder when needed and delete them afterwards. But don't mess with the fonts that were supplied with your Operating System - see post below

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    Do NOT Delete These Fonts!

    Some fonts are crucial to your Operating System and some programs will not run unless they are installed:

    Arial (Regular, Bold, Bold Italic, Italic)
    Courier New (Regular, Bold, Bold Italic, Italic)
    Marlett (Windows 95/98) *
    Modern
    MS Sans Serif
    MS Serif
    Roman
    Script
    Small fonts
    Symbol
    Times New Roman (Regular, Bold, Bold Italic, Italic)
    Wingdings
    Any font with a red A for its icon.
    Any font that begins with the letters MS.

    *Marlett is a hidden system file and it will not show up in a search, however, it may show up in your program font lists.

    Additionally, some programs have fonts that are required for that program to display properly:

    CorelDRAW
    Avant Garde Book BT
    Avant Garde Oblique BT
    Avant Garde Medium BT
    Avant Garde Medium Oblique BT
    CommonBullets
    FuturaMedcondBT

    Print Artist Palisade

    Windows Draw Swiss921 BT

    Internet Web Browsers Webdings

    MS Office (including Outlook) Tahoma

    Picture It Comic Sans and Comic BD

    There may be more - best to check before deleting!

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    The Font Thing

    The Font Thing is a freeware program for managing TrueType fonts in Windows.

    1. Browse installed and uninstalled fonts.
    2. See sample text and individual characters in your choice of colours in all of your fonts, a selection of fonts or just one font. You may insert your own 'sample text' or use the examples already provided.
    3. Print font samples.
    4. Associate notes with fonts.
    5. Install or uninstall any number of fonts at once.
    6. Load (and unload) any number of fonts for temporary use.
    7. Copy or delete any number of font files at once.
    8. Filter fonts according to their type.
    9. Group fonts into collections for easier management.
    10. Use multiple font windows simultaneously for easy font comparison and management.



    Available here to download (not been updated since 1999 though)

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    NexusFont

    Another popular (more recently maintained) Windows Font Manager is NexusFont
    1. Browse installed and uninstalled fonts.
    2. See sample text and individual characters in your choice of colours and several fonts. You may insert your own 'sample text' or use the examples already provided.
    3. Print font samples and character maps.
    4. Install or uninstall fonts.
    5. Load (and unload) fonts for temporary use.
    6. Sort fonts according to their type.
    7. Group fonts into collections for easier management.
    8. Find duplicate fonts.


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    Amp Font Viewer

    Amp Font Viewer is another decent Font Manager supporting TrueType and OpenType fonts.

    1. Install/delete fonts from a folder (one by one or from a list).
    2. Load fonts temporally (until the program is closed).
    3. List of all installed/uninstalled fonts with several display options.
    4. Organise and manage fonts in categories.
    5. Print a list of all or some of the installed fonts with an example of each font.
    6. Enter own sample text


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    Font XPlorer

    Another Free Font Manager is Font XPlorer but it hasn't been updated in a while so may not be compatible with your version of Windows.

    1. Browse both installed and not installed TrueType fonts.
    2. Use own text to compare fonts
    3. Install and uninstall fonts and load them temporarily too
    4. Print sample sheets and font listings
    5. Search for duplicate fonts
    6. Resizable character map that shows all a font's scripts and allows you to zoom in on any character. You can even copy a symbol to the clipboard as a vector image or rich text
    7. Mark fonts and optionally view only marked fonts

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    Font Runner

    More up-to-date (in terms of maintenance at least) software is available in the form of Font Runner.

    1. Browse installed and uninstalled fonts.
    2. See sample text and individual characters in your choice of colours and several fonts. You may insert your own 'sample text' or use the examples already provided.
    3. Print font samples and character maps.
    4. Install or uninstall fonts.
    5. Load (and unload) fonts for temporary use.
    6. Sort fonts according to their type.
    7. Organise fonts for easier management.
    8. Search fonts by nam, similarity or by a specific character.


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