The use of typography on Mac, as in Windows, can cause a series of problems, which in the case of the apple company have been able to solve better. Every designer knows that when it comes to getting on the computer, there are two recurring and sometimes difficult problems to solve. One is the colors and the other the typographies.
The 3 most used Programs to manage fonts on Mac:
When we talk about works for printing, mainly, although it also happens in screen colors, we must realize that the screen we work on will be calibrated in the best way that we believe, but do we know if the final work will end? Will it be calibrated just like ours?
Here enter factors such as the perception that we have each of the colors, the profiles used (there are thousands), the knowledge that these color profiles exist, the transformation of screen colors (RGB) to those of offset printing (CMYK ), etc.
It is a very complicated world in which a norm to be followed has never been established and in many jobs, it will give us a headache. On this subject, I could be talking for hours and hours, but it is not the time.
With typography the problem is performance, a source is what it is, in one computer or another, but the management of fonts on computers is quite questionable.
Each time we install a source, the operating system has to stop loading it before continuing with the next process.
The normal user will not have this problem because he will install a few sources. But the person who needs to have thousands of sources, such as a graphic arts company or a designer who needs to experiment with different fonts, will notice that the computer starts to lose speed, programs that use panels from sources such as Word, Quark, Photoshop, Corel, and others will be slower, even blocking if a source is corrupt or does not load well.
The first recommendation I make to avoid this is to install only the sources we need, of course, once the same is used we do not use it again, but it stays in the system and slows it down.
Typographic Management Solution on Mac
- I’m going to tell you three possible solutions to manage fonts on Mac, but I will only refer to the way to install, activate and deactivate the fonts so that it does not affect the performance of our computer.
- Each application has its help section for those who want to delve more deeply into the possibilities offered by each one.
- Mac has a typography manager built into its system called ” Typographic Catalog ” that allows us to handle fonts in a very intuitive way.
- To install a font just click on the file twice and we will open a window with the characters of the font and a button to install it in the system. We can also open the application and install it from it.
- When we install a source, the program will validate it and notify us in case the file is wrong or cannot be installed.
- The source will be installed by default only for the user that is active, if we want it to be used by anyone who starts the session, we will have to move the source of the ” user ” folder to the ” computer ” folder.
- To activate or deactivate the typography we will have to place it and press the right button of the mouse, a menu will be displayed in which we will find the option. The deactivated fonts will appear with an ” Off. “Or an” off “to the right.
- This application included in the system only allows us to activate and deactivate fonts on Mac manually. To know more about how it works you can click here.
- This program does not come with the operating system, but we can download a demo version of the official page.
The remarkable point of this software is that it facilitates the work to us when activating and deactivating the sources, we can install some extensions that it brings by defect for the most habitual programs of design and layout that will make that the typographies only activate when we are working with that program and with a specific document.
In this way, we can free the system that it has all the active sources at all times.
Once the program is installed, to install a source you just have to drag it to the right place. This site can be the general catalog of all the sources, or directly in a library that we have created for a specific work.
To activate or deactivate them we have to click on the little circle on the right of each source or library. According to one color or another, we will know if they are active or not for the system.
The libraries gather the sources used by a project to activate or deactivate them in a group, we can repeat the source in several different libraries since the libraries only refer to the sources that need to be activated, but do not duplicate them in the disk even if we repeat the source several times.
To install the plugins that automatically activate and deactivate the fonts in Adobe or QuarkXPress we have to go to the FontAgent Pro menu and click on ” Install Plug-ins / XTensions ” and go one by one clicking on the ones we want to install.
The automatic activation will only work if we follow these steps, otherwise, we will have to activate the typographies manually whenever we want to use, or stop using, one or several sources.
This Mac typeface manager is a mix of the above.
We can install the fonts through the Typographic Catalog of the operating system, clicking twice on the font file and giving it to install.
Once the font is installed, we can close the Typographic Catalog and manage it from Suitcase.
We can also create our own libraries or libraries, to have more control over the sources and projects in which we use them.
The installation of these libraries forces us to have a folder with the sources that it includes, having to duplicate them on the disk in case of using them for different projects.
To install the sources in the libraries, simply drag the files to them.
After having installed them we have to check that they are active. Just installing them does not ensure that we can use them. To the left of each font, there is a column that will indicate the state of the typography:
- Gray point or nothing: Off.
- Blue Point: Activates temporarily (usually until the computer is turned off).
- Green Point: Permanently active.
- Gray circle: Only some properties of the font are active.
To activate or deactivate them we will go over the desired font and use the buttons in the upper left.
There are people who install a typeface and use it perfectly in Adobe and QuarkXPress, then they go to another program and can not find it anywhere.
When we install the Suitcase and have installed some program from the Adobe or QuarkXPress package, it installs some add-ons to be able to manage the sources through a panel within those programs, whether they are active or not. But when we leave these programs, these sources are deactivated again.
These add-ons can be activated or deactivated from Suitcase if the Adobe or QuarkXPress programs install them later.
To avoid this happening to us, simply open Suitcase, find the font we want to use, put on top of it and click on the green button to permanently activate the top menu.
That way it will always be active for any program. But keep in mind that the more active sources we have, the more our Mac will slow down.