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Open Type fonts are a wonderful thing. The same font file that works cross-platform and looks the same in both Windows and Mac OS. But OpenType has a subtle and rarely noticed "defect": the nomenclature for the font's family and style can differ between the two platforms. What Windows would call "Roman", MacOS would call "Normal". Not usually a problem unless you or the cross-platform Java application you are using expects the exact same names in all instances.

OTF Harmonizer fixes this mismatch so that both family and style names are the same for both platforms. It allows you to repair entire folders worth of fonts at a time and more...

What's New

Version 1.1:
  • ftxdumperfuser crashes if the font file is not writable by the user running the application. We now warn about and ingore font files that are not writable.
  • Double-clicking a row will display the family and style names in the log window.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Macaccro Member IconReview+31
Macaccro
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I had to use it once, and it does the job quite well! Thanks!

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Version 1.1
Porcustal Member IconComment+19
Porcustal
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well obviously a choice of saving the original unmodified fonts in a seperate folder would be the best option.

Another option or an additional one would be to make duplicates of all the various variations in several folders, which could then be turned on/off with FontBook.

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Version 1.1
Ntfo Design (Developer)
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Hey, constructive criticism! What a novel idea!

Both of your ideas are quite valid and honestly are ones that I hadn't thought of, especially creating a new FontBook collection. My intention was always to have the app work on copies of fonts made by the user, but giving the option to do that from inside the app would make it more obvious that's what people should do.

I'll definitely add your ideas to the list of things to do in the next release. Thanks for your ideas, porcustal.

donmontalvo Member IconComment+1285
donmontalvo
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great...just what the mac community needs...a "utility" that changes fonts. geez. doesn't ANY developer understand the havoc this can bring to a production environment or client/vendor workflow?

don montalvo, nyc

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Version 1.0
Ntfo Design (Developer)
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Don,

I can appreciate your sentiments that needlessly diddling with font internals can potentially be a Very Bad Thing. But this "utility" was born out of necessity.

The developer of the product I must use didn't have the foresight to realize that OpenType fonts can have (and usually do) different family and style nomenclature. Matching these up is the *only* way around this defect. I would have much rather the vendor fix the error, but that simply wasn't possible.

So I created this app so that others who may come across a similar situation won't have to suffer like I did to formulate a solution (or have nasty words with their vendors, like I did).

And as a side note, OTF Harmonizer is just a fancy-pants wrapper around tools that Apple freely provides that will modify/mangle OpenType fonts to your heart's delight. If you have a problem with a vendor allowing its users to potentially destroy fonts, you might want to complain to them too.

Jim

donmontalvo
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i disagree. the real fix for this kind of problem has to come from the font management application developers. any perceived relief of these problems is outweighed by the disruption caused by changing fonts.

the solution needs to come from extensis, linotype, insidersoftware, etc., and it needs to be done in a way that does not alter the font(s).

don

phatcactus
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I agree with Don. Editing font files is probably one of the most retarded things you can do.

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Downloads 2,898
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Date 02 Feb 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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