Friday, September 12, 2008

Default Font Folders in Mac OS X

Fonts can cause a lot of problems on Macs, so it's a good idea to make sure you know where they are stored. OS X has 3 different, main locations for fonts:

1. System/Library/Fonts
2. Library/Fonts
3. Users/"username"/Library/Fonts

You can find more information about what role each folder plays at Apple's support pages, or here's the direct link

One thing to keep in mind is that the fonts in the Users folder are only available to that specific user. System and Library fonts are shared among all users.

For font management, Linotype offers a free program called FontExplorer X. It provides a free alternative to Extensis's Suitcase product, and is very comparable from what I've heard. Some actually prefer it over Suitcase.

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