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OpenType fonts (.otf) often have special features, such as swashes and alternate characters, that are accessible in any app that uses the OS X font panel, including Pages and TextEdit. To access them, type and select your text, press Command-T to open the font panel, and then choose Typography from the Actions pop-up menu. That shows the Typography panel, where you can toggle available options for the font and characters you've selected.

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Apple Releases Snow Leopard Font Update

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Apple has finally acknowledged the font-related troubles in Mac OS X 10.6.7, by releasing the Snow Leopard Font Update (see “OpenType PostScript Fonts Troublesome in 10.6.7,” 27 March 2011). Apple details four specific problems fixed by the update, including:

  • An issue in which some OpenType fonts don’t display correctly in certain applications

  • Printing problems in Preview

  • PDF files not opening in third-party PDF viewing applications

  • Invalid font errors when printing to PostScript printers

Our hope is that the update, which weighs in at a mere 3.77 MB, fixes the OpenType font encoding definitions in such a way that it will resolve all the problems that Mac users have been experiencing since 10.6.7 shipped slightly over a month ago.

Apple recommends that all users of 10.6.7 install the update, and while it’s hard to argue with that suggestion, if you’ve been holding at 10.6.6 because of 10.6.7’s font-related woes, I strongly recommend staying there until the community has confirmed that the Snow Leopard Font Update really does fix the problems.

 

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Comments about Apple Releases Snow Leopard Font Update
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Marc Zoutendijk  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2011-04-29 13:18
In my case this font update indeed solved all the problems I had with printing Open Type fonts since the 10.6.7 update.

Marc.
Slightly off-topic, but I notice that fonts on web pages have looked less pleasant to my eyes ever since I moved up to Snow Leopard. Does anyone know why? Is there perhaps coverage of this elsewhere on TidBITS?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-05-02 13:48
I've not heard anything about this, and the only way I can think to test is to get two identical machines and look at the same pages under Leopard and Snow Leopard, side-by-side. Subtle differences would probably be hard to identify if you were going back and forth, and screenshots might introduce other variables.
ricbar  2011-05-03 15:11
Hmmm not font problem but
since installing font update, the startup chime comes on full blast, with sound 0 and muted. Has anyone else experienced this?