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A Solution for Solving OS X System Font Issues

So if you are reading this I assume you are plagued by OS X’s inability to cope with having more than one copy of the same font installed. 

You can easily tell if this is your issue as you will be constantly annoyed by capital A boxes.  See the example below ↓

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I was quite worried when I first saw this but actually it is a very minor problem in terms of fixability.  I had been installing a lot of custom fonts earlier in the day so it wasn’t difficult to put 2 and 2 together as to what was causing it. 

Two things must ye know of this issue…

(Blackadder Season 2 quote – I couldn’t resist – the wise woman  conversation is one of the best scenes in the whole show)

First… Macs make a fuss if you install multiple versions of the same font.

Second… The default Mac font is Lucida Grande, so this is generally the culprit for the vast majority of issues.

So with this knowledge in hand let us continue.

Surprisingly, you don’t actually have to delete or uninstall anything (or at least I didn’t) to solve this problem.   You do have to ensure that you resolve the conflicting fonts though to ensure that the problem doesn’t keep reoccurring.  But don’t worry, my solution is pretty simple.

 

Step One: Resolving conflicting font issues

The easiest way to do this is by using Font Book.  Because Font Book is a default OS X install straight from Apple it will tell you exactly what your Mac is unhappy with.  So…

1.)  Fire up Font Book

Applications > Font Book

2.)  Make sure you have selected the All Fonts list, then go down the font list until you come to a font that has an issue – any font with a clash will have a yellow triangle next to it. 

FONT ISSUE

3.)  Right click on the font and from the drop down menu choose Resolve Duplicates.

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If the issue is successfully fixed the multiple versions of the font will be turned off. 

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Step Two: Making your Mac realise that you have solved the font issues

So in order for your Mac to actually acknowledge that you have sorted out your conflicting font issues you need to empty your font cache.  A simple restart does not do this (yes I did try it as I always prefer not to use sudo commands unless I have to).  Your Mac will not notice all your hard work resolving all the font conflicts except under duress.  So…

 NOTE: You need to be an Administrator in order to use a sudo command so change users if you are not currently logged in as one.

1.) Open a Terminal window.

Finder > Go > Utilities > Terminal

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2.)  Close all the apps that are running then type or copy and paste the following command:

sudo atsutil databases -remove

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3.)  You will be asked for your admin password.  Type it in.  The cursor will not move as you type so be careful.

4.)  Once the command has run (you will see several lines of script) close Terminal and restart your computer.  It is important that you do this straight away.

And that’s it!

Hopefully you will now find your OS X all happy and font issue free!  Hooray!

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Working Around the Regressions of iTunes 11

I decided I wanted to upgrade to the newest version iTunes as I had just bought an iPhone. I would have quite happily carried on using my old iTunes 10.2.1 which had never let me down but I wanted the iTunes setup option for the iPhone ready just in case of emergencies.  And it said I should get the latest one.  So I updated to the newest iTunes (at the time of this post 11.0.1).

I have to say, if you don’t have to update, don’t do it! The new iTunes is hideous and also really annoying in so many ways. It was probably marketed as “sleek and simplistic”, or some other rubbish, which just means it has less features, looks more boring, and is less user friendly.

Anyway.

There are several things you can do to make using the new and regressed iTunes more bearable.

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How to change font style, size and colour in WordPress.com

There are many helpful posts about this on the WordPress Support.  But trawling through scores of posts to find a specifically relevant AND detailed one can be a bit of a nightmare.  So I thought I’d write a post on it myself.

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Using HTML in WordPress.com

Most themes in WordPress.com have an inbuilt font.  This means that however much you change the colour and things they often revert to the default theme.  With other things you don’t have the options available in the default WordPress.com Edit Post screen.  But you can override all this by using HTML.

In order to change your text style, size etc. you need to use HTML tags.  A lot of posts tell you this. And then don’t tell you how to switch to the HTML side of things.  Yay, helpful!

In order to use HTML you have to click the right hand tab labelled Text on the Edit Post page. 

So, to completely avoid all and any misunderstandings or confusion, I will write down all the details.  If you know the tabs I mean just skip this.

Go to Dashboard > Post

then go to the post you want to edit and click Edit.  You should now be on the Edit Post page. 

There are two tabs to choose from when you’re editing your posts:

Visual (default normal tab)

or Text (HTML tab)

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Now onwards to the actual editing!
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> Changing the Font Style

If you want to change your text font style and you are handy with font names then you don’t need to use these resources.  If you are not sure of the names of the fonts you want there are some handy resources at Wavian.com  It’s a page with links and a decent font list with a good variety of styles.

There’s also a page discussing the standard web safe fonts here.  I personally don’t pay that much attention to whether they are standard or not as this blog is purely for my own amusement, but it depends what you need.

OK, so after finding out the name of the font you want go to the html tab (the text tab).  I will use,

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”

which is an amazing quote from the immortal Sherlock Holmes.

When you use HTML tags to change the font in WordPress.com you always need to remember to create a close tag.  So you always open with <span> and close with </span>.

For example, if I just want to change the font for the first part like this:

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”

I contain just that part in between the tags like this:

<span style=”font-family: lucida handwriting;”>”Once you eliminate the impossible,</span>

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> Changing the Font Size

In order to change the font size you use a similar tag.  For example, if I want to change the next part like this:
“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”

I contain just that part in between the tags like this:

<span style=”font-size: large;”>whatever remains,</span>
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> Changing the Font Colour

In HTML every colour has its own code.  For example, Black is #000000, White is #FFFFFF, Red is #FF0000, Blue is #0000FF, and so on. There is a great resource called HTML Color Picker which you can use to find the HTML colour code you want.

In order to change the font colour, you again use a similar tag. For example, if I want to change the next part like this:

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”

I contain just that part in between the tags like this:

<span style=”color: #009999;”>no matter how improbable,</span>
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> Changing Font Style, Size and Colour

In order to change all of the above you need to include them all in one tag.  For example, if I want to change the final part like this:

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”

I contain just that part in between the tags like this:

<span style=”font-family: courier; font-size: x-large; color: #800000;”>must be the truth.”</span>

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So, things to remember about these HTML tags.

1.) Always remember to open with <span> and close with </span>.

2.) Always remember to create a close tag.

3.)  Check your spelling!  Misspelled tags won’t work.

4.) If you are changing more than one thing, make sure that

  • the quotation marks “” include everything between the = and the >
  • each separate part (style/size/colour) is separated with a semicolon ;.

5.)  Remember, not all font styles and colours will work.  Trial and error is the best way to find out what works for you.

OK, that’s all from me.  Have fun HTML-ing.  Hope it goes well.

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