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.