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Fontographer and OS X issues

This TechNote addresses several issues regarding Fontographer and Macintosh OS X, including:

  • Running Fontographer in Classic mode on Macintosh OS X
  • Installing a non-FPU version of Fontographer on an OS X computer
  • Fonts and Macintosh OS X

An additional feature of Mac OS X is its ability to run some applications in "Classic mode." This mode essentially allows users to run some of their existing programs in an environment similar to the prior Macintosh user interface. Fontographer 4 will only run under Classic mode and only with the non-FPU (Floating Points Unit) version of Fontographer installed.

Installing a non-FPU version of Fontographer on an OS X computer

Below are different instructions for installing the non-FPU version of Fontographer on an OS X system, depending on whether your installation disks are floppy or CD, as follows:

Floppy disks

More recent Macintosh computers generally do not have floppy disk drives. If the computer does not have an internal floppy disk drive, an external floppy disk drive would be required for this installation.

  1. Restart your computer in Classic mode by choosing System Preferences and then click Classic. On the Start/Stop tab, select a startup volume for Classic. Then click Start. The Classic environment will launch.
  2. Insert the Fontographer floppy Disk One.
  3. In the installation window, double-click the Fontographer Installer icon.
  4. Click the Splash Screen to continue.
  5. In the Fontographer Install window, click the Show Custom Installations icon (located in the top left corner of the dialog box).
  6. In the Fontographer Install window, drag the "Fontographer 4.1.x" icon to the icon oyour hard drive that you want to install Fontographer onto.
  7. Follow any additional instructions to complete installation.
  8. Click Quit to quit the installer.

Compact Disk
  1. Restart your computer in Classic mode by choosing System Preferences and then click Classic. On the Start/Stop tab, select a startup volume for Classic. Then click Start. The Classic environment will launch.
  2. Insert the CD and double-click the Fontographer 4.x Installer.
  3. Inside the Fontographer window, double-click the Fontographer 4.x Installer.
  4. On the Fontographer splash screen, click Continue.
  5. Click Custom on the installation dialog box.
  6. On the next dialog box, select the Fontographer 4.1.4 Non-FPU version.
  7. Click Install.
  8. If you wish to change the installation location, navigate to find and select another location on the next dialog box. To accept the default location, click Install.
  9. Follow any additional instructions to complete installation

Note: Fontographer will only run on Macintosh OS X when the system has been set to the "Classic" environment

Fonts and Macintosh OS X

Although Macintosh OS X can use the same TrueType and PostScript fonts that are used in previous Macintosh operating systems, OS X was designed to take advantage of the new OpenType font format. See Font installation in Macintosh OS X (TechNote 15818) for details on installing fonts. Refer to Macromedia product support for Mac OS X (TechNote 15224) for more information on Macromedia OS X product development.

Because OpenType fonts make use of additional data tables, Fontographer cannot generate OpenType fonts. However, the TrueType and PostScript fonts which Fontographer generates can be used in Macintosh OS X.
Fontographer-generated fonts can be converted to OpenType fonts by using the font utilities found on Apple's Font tool page or by joining Adobe's OpenType Developer Program.