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What font goes with what progam?

By KnightAngel ·
Hello TechRepublic,

I use quite a bit of graphics, art, desktop and 3d software. During their use I also notice the number of fonts in my system has grown tremendously. The current count of fonts in my system in all of their incarnations is 14**. This in itself is not a problem. I like to have a variety of fonts avilable for my work, but I also get the sense they are slowing down my system.

When the number of fonts were manageable and I has some sense of what font belonged to what program, I would move the less frequently used fonts or those fonts I knew would never be used to my drive. Now that The system has so many fonts it's impossible for me to determine what fonts go with what program. The prospect of jeopardizing my system by discriminately removing fonts is not an option.

I do have several font management programs and I've looked at many others on the internet, but none of them tell me what I want to know.

My questions to you gentlemen (and ladies) are:

1. Is it factual that having a lot of fonts will slow the system down or the use of any programs requiring the fonts?

2. Do you know of any font management program or any other program that will not only list the fonts and their information, but also let you know what program it was installed from.

Having this information would allow me to move fonts not used without fear of damaging any programs or worst yet my system.

Thank you.

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As a general rule the fonts are only accessed when a program calls them up

by Deadly Ernest In reply to What font goes with what ...

and uses them to display something. Most fonts don't take up much space at any time, what takes up space is the program calling them.

Having said that, there are a few cases where a program will use a font that does take a bit more memory to display than others, they're usually large and fancy fonts and they use a bit more of the graphics memory to display them.

Where you usually get extra fonts loaded onto the system is when you have a program that has a range of extra fonts you can choose from, when you load the software the fonts get loaded as well. So most of them would have come with the software you have for your work to give you the options provided with the software.

Sometimes you need to load extra fonts because they have something you need for a particular project, I find few systems come with Palatino Linotype already loaded and have to load that on as it's the font I use for my stories as it's easier to read in print than any other font. When I make the print ready PDF I have to embed the font so it's available to the printer.

Whatever you system is, you should try and organise it so you have one font repository and that ALL the programs settings call the fonts from that repository, this will enable you to save some space by getting rid of any duplications, and it also means that all fonts are available to all programs to use. One problem I had years ago with some Windows software is the fonts I had available in one program were not available to the rest due to each installing their own fonts in their own directories. I learned how to make one repository and moved them all there and increased font types for all my software.

BTW this sort of matter, ie a question, should be over in the Q&A area and not the discussion area.

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