TidBITS Publishing Releases Two New Font Management-Centered "Take Control" Ebooks

Mac-focused book publisher TidBITS Publishing announced the release of two new ebooks, "Take Control of Fonts in Leopard" and "Take Control of Font Problems in Leopard" on Tuesday.

The books, written by font expert Sharon Zardetto, cover a range of font issues including not only the versions of Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") but also special font situations in software such as Adobe CS3 and CS4, Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008, iLife, iWork, and Safari.

The titles cover such topics such as:

  • Making the most of character-rich Unicode fonts.
  • The ins and outs of different font installation methods.
  • Using Font Book to manage, validate, and organize fonts.


  • Where fonts reside and in what order they load, and what - if anything - you should do about it.
  • Organizing fonts from Adobe CS3 and CS4 so they appear when and where you want them.
  • The quirks of fonts installed by Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008, and which ones you should keep.


  • Using Apple's Character Palette and Keyboard Viewer to insert and explore special characters.
  • Where do fonts belong on my hard drive?
  • In what order do fonts load, and what if I have multiple copies?


  • How do I use Safe Mode to troubleshoot a font problem?
  • How do I use another user account to troubleshoot a font problem?
  • How do I move a font file that doesn't want to move?


  • Why does bold and italic text look double-printed in Word?
  • Why does a font's name have brackets around it in the InDesign font list?
  • Why can't I install a PostScript Type 1 font?


  • Why doesn't the Input menu show up in my menu bar?
  • People keep telling me to "just delete the caches." Where are they? Why does deleting them help?

The ebooks retail for for $15 and $10 respectively, or can be purchased in a bundle for $20.