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Fonts, Now What?

Postby KBrownlee » September 6th, 2010, 6:24 am

I have downloaded some fonts that I hope to use with Corel Draw...
I have unzipped them...now what?


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Re: Now What?

Postby David Takes » September 6th, 2010, 6:35 am

You can simply drag them into your "Fonts" folder which is located in your Control Panel. The Fonts folder only has a capacity of just under 1,000 fonts from what I have read. That is a number you can reach at any point in time, so eventually I would suggest using a program such as Bitstream Font Navigator, which allows you to store an unlimited number of fonts in a standard folder or folders, then move them into your active Fonts folder as you need them.
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Re: Now What?

Postby gemsbym » September 6th, 2010, 10:38 am

Hi David,


Where did you get the Bitstream Font Navigator?
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Re: Now What?

Postby Tom Kuhn » September 6th, 2010, 11:06 am

gemsbym wrote:Hi David,


Where did you get the Bitstream Font Navigator?


Miriam,
Bitstream Font Navigator comes as a free utility with the Corel Graphics Suite...

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Re: Now What?

Postby Kiko » September 6th, 2010, 12:59 pm

Great question, Kerri! I was wondering the same thing myself today as I was attempting to figure out how to manage my font library...

I have a few questions if you don't mind...

1. Does Illustrator have a similar utility?
2. Is there a way to preview the fonts in a program like Bitstream Font Navigator without moving them into your active fonts folder?
3. How do you guys manage your font libraries?

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Re: Now What?

Postby Tom Kuhn » September 6th, 2010, 1:27 pm

Here's a review of 25 different font management utilities for Windows and Mac. Should give you a start... Can't tell you if Illy provides a comparable utility or not.

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Re: Now What?

Postby Kiko » September 6th, 2010, 3:18 pm

GREAT article, Tom! I've printed it out and will review it in depth this evening. In fact, I liked the e-zine so much I have it bookmarked, and will read more as time permits. While I may only understand a fraction of the terminology now, the more I read and try, the easier it gets to understand...

I see that they have a book on the site called "The Smashing Book", which looks pretty cool. Since Dave Take's webinar with Dave Espino, I've become pretty interested in the areas of successful website development as a marketing tool. I haven't done mine yet, and will probably hire someone to do it, but I want to be able to self-manage the site. There's so much more to good website design than "cool colors", and I'm eager to learn more. Do you (Tom or others) have "The Smashing Book"?

Thanks for the cool article, Keeks :toh:
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Re: Now What?

Postby Inga » September 6th, 2010, 4:51 pm

I have not tried all those font utilities but quite a few. I am thinking that SUITCASE FUSION might be close to what was mentioned. I personally end up not using it because it is a bit cumbersome, in my opinion, bit honestly I have not spent that much time trying to really get it set up. It does seem to do a lot, but every time I get into working it, next thing I know, I find I have abandoned ship once again.

I am on Mac, so some of the choices are a bit different but the font utilities that I have found myself using the most are the built in FONT BOOK (of course), FONTCASE and TYPESET. Each of them has its own specific strengths, but they are all easy programs that don't require a lot to get set up and maintain.

I think that FONTCASE is worth checking out. With FONTCASE, try the view where you see the font in the square boxes....that is the feature I like so much). On the other end of the spectrum, personally, of the ones I have tried, the program that I have NOT liked so much is LINOTYPE FONT EXPLORER.

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Re: Now What?

Postby Inga » September 6th, 2010, 5:00 pm

Kiko, since you are on Mac (You are, aren't you???), another cool thing for viewing fonts is to simply use the space bar or COVER FLOW VIEW in the FINDER. These are not font managing or viewing programs per se, but wherever you are, on the fly, you can view what a font looks like simply by hitting the SPACE bar. Try it, you'll like it. You can drag the corner and enlarge it quite a bit as well.

Same thing by using COVER FLOW as your viewing method (4 little square boxes at the top left of each FINDER window....it's the furthest one on the right.)

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