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Repair a corrupt font?

May 25, 2012 8:16 AM

I have an extensive collection of fonts (60,0000+). Several hundred of them will crash my system when I open one of them in Finder (double-click the font icon). I picked one at random for some serious examination.


I looked at my sample with many font tools. My latest tool was FontDoctor (v5 and v7). FontDoctor reported "no problems found" with my font. Yet the crash persists.


Please suggest a tool that can do a thorough job of investigating and repairing my corrupt fonts.




(Mac OS 9 & X)

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    May 25, 2012 9:22 AM   in reply to Bleurose

    I'm more of a Windows font techie, but maybe these questions can help

    someone address your issue:


    Is there any pattern to the fonts that fail?

    Are they all the same format?

    Are they all stored the same way or in similar locations?

    Do they work in applications? All applications or only Adobe or only



    What are the fonts' sources - downloads from free sites? Purchases from

    name foundries (Adobe, Linotype, Hoefler, etc.)? Old CD's from

    fly-by-night companies like WSI and Southern Software?


    Do you have a font editor such as FontLab or Glyphs? If so, have you

    tried simply opening a font in the editor and re-generating it? (This

    often works for older fonts in Windows, where current Windows isn't as

    fault-tolerant as previous versions)


       - Herb

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    May 26, 2012 12:53 PM   in reply to Bleurose

    Since it doesn't appear to be corrupt try deleting your font cache in OS X.

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