The new font in Office 2011 (and what’s wrong)


I won’t keep you in suspense: there’s nothing wrong with the font. It’s just that Word can’t handle it. Okay, now a little suspense in regard to the problem…

The font is one that comes with Windows 7, Gabriola.ttf. It’s a script font that starts out pretty – and usable at smaller sizes for short blocks of text – and waxes into elegant beauty when you use some of its more advanced features, the glyph variants that give you all sorts of choices for fancy, swashy characters suitable for larger type sizes. Read the rest of this entry »


TIP: Expos(é)ing Your Fonts


If you open many font files at once from the Finder, or preview a whole swath of already installed fonts in Font Book (by selecting them in the Font list and pressing Return), the Preview windows overlap, showing only the frontmost sample. To tile the windows so you can scan all the font sam­ples, use Exposé’s All Windows feature (the default trigger is F9), and then click on one Preview window to bring it to the top of the pile. With Snow Leopard’s neater approach to Exposé (it arranges the miniature windows in neat grid rather than helter-skelter), it’s even easier to look through the font samples than it used to be.

TIP: Close All Font Preview Windows without Quitting Font Book


When you have lots of Font Book Preview windows open for various fonts, either for a pre-install inspection or to compare various faces, it would be nice if you could use Font Book’s Close All command (by holding down Option as you open the File menu for the Close command) to close them. But Close All also closes Font Book’s main window, which, because Font Book is a one-window application, quits the program, too.

So, minimize Font Book’s main window (bring it to the front first, if necessary, with Window > Font Book). Once it’s safely in the Dock, Close All closes all the Preview windows without quitting Font Book, and then you can retrieve its main window from the Dock or with Window > Font Book.

TIP: Extract Embedded Fonts from iDVD


Apple’s iDVD program (part of iLife) comes with embedded fonts that are available only to iDVD, an inexplicably parsimonious approach by Apple. Some of them overlap the short list that comes with iLife, which are installed in your User Fonts folder. Most overlap with those that come with iWork. But maybe you don’t have iWork, and maybe you’d like the few that are exclusive to iDVD. You can un-embed them and put them in a Fonts folder. Read the rest of this entry »