Archive for February, 2008

In LMP, we’ve decided to use Extensis Font Serve server/client font management tool. One of the reasons is being the fact that id has true server/client implementation. We can have all standard fonts stored in a place where they will not be altered and fonts that are used for specific jobs stored in other place. Added fonts are automatically appear in users’ client windows and are synchronized with the server automatically.

Font Reserve Server/Client is quite good, one user adds font, others can see it. Supervisor, or senior staff members can setup Sets, share them and all users in the department would just activate fonts from that set to make sure they use right version of the font.

picture-10-copyFont Book, provided with Apple OS X, is another font management software on workstations. Unfortunately you cannot use Font Reserve only and remove all fonts from Font Book. Helvetica is a required font for OS X to run as many other fonts. Microsoft Office adds 70+ fonts into the Font Book and Office components would freak out if you remove those fonts. Read »

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From time to time you might have problems when after activating font in Font Reserve you still miss it in InDesign. As a mater of fact, you will miss these fonts in all Adobe applications.

 99147As you can see from this example Garamond family is active including Garamond Light, but Light is not appearing in InDesign font menu. For that matter, Garamond Light would be missing from all Adobe applications including Illustrator, Photoshop etc. This is a sign of corrupted Adobe font caches. Read »

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Font Reserve is great Font management software, but every now and then you might experience font problems. Main reason for that is font caches. According to Extensis, font caches have to be purged on regular basis. They do not supply any tools, so you have to do it manually.

From time to time FontReserve preferences and temporary database might get corrupted. When it happens you might get error messages. fonts will not activate automatically or not at all. Following is a shortlist of error messages you might get:


When you get last error message in this list: “DocFontInfo::DoActivate – exception caught # (1)” it means that Font Reserve is getting corrupted. Usually none of the symptoms are present after that error message and everything seems to work fine until Font Reserve stops working at all. So, when you get “DocFontInfo…” error message, it is a good practice to clean Font Reserve preferences. Here is how. Read »

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