Installing and Removing Fonts on the Macintosh


Installing Macintosh PostScript fonts
Macintosh PostScript fonts consist of two parts: a PostScript file which is sometimes known as the "printer font" and a bitmap file which is sometimes known as a "suitcase file" because it looks like a little suitcase. Each of these files must be installed in its proper place for a PostScript font to work.
Installing PostScript fonts in System 6 or earlier versions
Installing a PostScript font in Macintosh System 6 (or earlier versions) requires using Font/DA Mover. You can find Font/DA Mover on the Utilities 2 disk which came with your Macintosh system software.
  • Quit all open programs. You can't make changes to the System file while programs that use fonts are open
  • Drag your font's PostScript file into your System Folder, making sure that you do not put it inside any other folder within the system folder.
  • Double-click on the bitmap file to start Font/DA Mover. When Font/DA Mover is active, look at the number in the top left section of your menu bar. It must be 3.8 or larger. If the number is 3.6 or smaller, you will not be able to see the fonts you install. You'll need to get rid of the old version and obtain a copy of the newer version from your Apple Dealer or local user group.
  • Click the Open button and then open your System file. A list will appear of all the fonts currently residing in your System file.
  • Select the bitmap sizes of your font that you want to install by dragging through their names.
  • Click the Copy button to copy the fonts from your bitmap file into the System file.
  • Click the Quit button to exit from Font/DA Mover.
  • If you're running under MultiFinder, choose "Restart" from the Special menu to ensure all the programs on your computer will recognize the new font. Your font is now installed. The font name will appear in the font menu of any application that has a font menu.
Installing PostScript fonts in System 7.0.x
Font installation in System 7.0 is considerably simpler than with earlier Macintosh Systems.
  • Quit all open programs. You can't make changes to the System file while programs that use fonts are open.
  • Select both the PostScript and bitmap files by dragging the pointer around both.
  • Drag both files on top of the closed System Folder and drop them there.
  • The System will ask you if you want to install the files in their proper places. Click "OK" to install the font.
  • The System will put the PostScript file into the Extensions folder and will automatically install your bitmap fonts in the System file.
Your font is now installed. The font name will appear in the font menu of any application that has a font menu. You may now use it in any document and print it to any printer.
Installing PostScript fonts in System 7.1 or later versions
System 7.1 simplifies font installation even further and doesn't cause the bitmap file to disappear. You don't even have to quit all your programs before installing a font. Wow! This is really easy!
  • Select both PostScript and bitmap files by dragging the pointer around each.
  • Drag both files on top of your System Folder and drop them there. The System will ask you if you want it to put the fonts into the Fonts folder inside your System Folder. Click "OK" to install the font. Both PostScript and bitmap files are moved into the fonts folder.
Your font is now installed. . The font name will appear in the font menu of any application that has a font menu.
Note: If other programs are open and you do not get a message saying "The font suitcase 'Jazz.suit' will not be available to currently running applications until they have quit", then your font is not installed properly in the System file. Make sure you are copying the font into the System Folder (that will be the folder with the small picture of a Macintosh on it). If you did and you are still having a problem, then you may need to rebuild your desktop so that the Finder will recognize that your fonts belong in the Fonts folder.
Installing PostScript fonts with Suitcase or MasterJuggler
Suitcase (from Fifth Generation Systems, Inc.) and MasterJuggler (from ALSoft) are both System extensions that make it easier to install and deinstall fonts. Both allow you to create a separate folder anywhere on your computer's hard disk that can hold all your fonts, installed or not. They also allow you to install any fonts available on your computer, no matter where they are.
Refer to your Suitcase or MasterJuggler manual for detailed instructions on installing fonts with each program.
Macintosh TrueType font installation
TrueType fonts exist all in one file. There are no separate screen and printer files like there are for PostScript fonts. Instead, everything comes in a single suitcase file.
Installing TrueType fonts in System 6
Before you can install TrueType fonts in System 6, you will need to obtain the TrueType INIT from your Apple dealer or an on-line service. Drag the TrueType INIT into your System folder and choose "Restart" from the Finder's Special menu to install it.
Note: You must have at least System 6.0.5 in order to use the TrueType INIT.
Another requirement for installing TrueType fonts in System 6 is that you have Font/DA Mover 4.1, which is available from your Apple dealer. No earlier version of Font/DA Mover is capable of handling TrueType fonts.
Installing TrueType fonts:
  • Quit all open programs. You can't make changes to the System file while programs that use the fonts are open.
  • Double-click on the TrueType suitcase (the one with ".suit" appended to the end of its name) to start Font/DA Mover 4.1. Your TrueType outline appears as a font name without a size number after it, while any bitmap sizes you may have in the file show up with their size numbers after them. You may choose to install all the bitmap sizes, or none of them. Remember that TrueType fonts do not depend upon the bitmaps to properly display a screen image of the font.
  • Click the Open button and then open your System file.
  • Select all the fonts you want to install by dragging through their names.
  • Click the Copy button to copy the fonts from your suitcase into the System file.
  • Click the Quit button to exit Font/DA Mover 4.1.
  • If your running under MultiFinder, choose "Restart" from the Special menu to ensure all the programs on your computer will recognize the new font.
Your font is now installed. The font name will appear in the font menu for each application that has a font menu.
Installing TrueType fonts in System 7.0.x
System 7 simplifies the installation of TrueType fonts because you don't have to use Font/DA Mover.
  • Quit all open programs. You can't make changes to the system file while programs that use fonts are open.
  • Drag the suitcase file(s) containing your font(s) on top of the System folder and release the mouse button. The System will ask you if you want to install the fonts.
  • Click "OK" to start the installation process. The System incorporates your suitcase file and installs your fonts.
Your font is now installed. The font name will appear in the font menu for each application that has a font menu.
Note: When you install a font into System 7.0, your suitcase file is deleted from the folder. There is no easy way to make it into a suitcase again. If you need to install the same font on another computer, you should hold down the Option key while you drag the font file(s) over the System folder.
Installing TrueType fonts in System 7.1 or later
System 7.1 simplifies font installation even more than previous versions and doesn't cause the suitcase file to disappear.
  • Drag the suitcase file containing your font on top of the system folder icon and release the mouse button. The System will ask if you want to store your fonts in the Fonts folder
  • Click "OK" to install your fonts. The System moves suitcase in the Fonts folder, where it is automatically installed.
Your font is now installed. The font name will appear in the font menu in any application that has a font menu.


Installing and Removing Fonts on the PC

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Installing PostScript fonts in Windows 3.x or higher with Adobe Type Manager 2.x
Installing PostScript fonts in Windows requires that you have Adobe Type Manager (ATM) 2.0 or later versions. Windows 95 requires ATM 3.02 or later. ATM creates screen fonts from the PostScript outlines and allows you to print your PostScript fonts to any printer attached to your Windows computer. PostScript fonts in Windows consist of two parts, a .PFB file (PostScript Font Binary) and a .PFM file (PostScript Font Metrics). Both files are necessary. Make sure you have both of these files before proceeding.
  • Double click on the ATM Control Panel icon in the Program Manager to start it.
  • Click on the Add button.
  • Scroll the directories until you find the drive/directory containing your fonts
  • Double-click on the drive/directory to show the names of the fonts on the disks.
  • Select the fonts you want to install from the Available fonts list. You can drag through the list to select multiple fonts.
  • Click the Add button to install your font(s).
  • Click the Exit button in the ATM Control Panel. ATM 2.0 will display a dialog asking you to restart Windows.
  • Press "Restart Windows." If you didn't see this dialog, everything's OK; you're just using ATM 2.5 or later, so this doesn't apply to you. Your font is now installed. The font name will appear in the font menu in every application that has a font menu.
Windows TrueType and .fon installation
TrueType and .fon fonts for Windows consist of a single file with the extension .ttf (TrueType Font) or .fon. You must be running Windows 3.1 (or later versions) to use TrueType or .fon fonts, since no previous version of Windows has TrueType or .fon capability.
Note: If you are installing both a .ttf and a .fon, you must install the .ttf first.
Installing TrueType and .fon fonts in Windows 3.1 or later versions
  • Open the Windows Control Panel by double-clicking on it's icon.
  • Open the fonts panel by double-clicking on it's icon.
  • Click on the Add button. The Add Fonts panel appears.
  • Choose the appropriate disk drive from the Drives list.
  • Choose the appropriate directory from the Directories list.
  • Select the names of the fonts you want to install from the List of Fonts or click "Select All."
  • Click "OK" to install your font(s). The Add Fonts panel closes. Your font is now installed. The font name will appear in the font menu in every application that has a font menu.
Installing TrueType Fonts in Windows 95
  • Open the Windows 95 control panel by double-clicking on it's icon or trace from the start button. Inside the control panel you'll see a fonts folder that lists all of the .ttf fonts currently installed on the system.
  • Select Install New Font from the File menu to bring up the Add Fonts dialog box. You'll see three windows labeled List of Fonts, Folders. And Drives to help you in locating the fonts to be installed.
  • Click on the active folder in the Folders window (it should show the default Win95 directory). Clicking on this folder brings you back to the root directory, C:.
  • Scroll down until you see the folder containing the font(s) you want to install and click on that folder. The fonts will now display by the name in the List of Fonts window directly above the Folders.
  • Be sure that the Copy fonts to folder box is checked.
  • Select the fonts you want to install, or click on Select All, and the fonts will be copied into the Windows 95 system fonts folder. You can look in the fonts folder to verify that everything copied okay and you're done.

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