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OT1 Font Manager

The OpenType / TrueType / Type 1
Font Manager for Windows


Can I use OT1 Font Manager to edit fonts?

How does OT1 Font Manager install/uninstall fonts?

Can OT1 Font Manager remove all the international fonts installed by Windows?

May I access font files on network drives?

May I access font files in compressed (zipped) folders?

Why does a font name change in different applications?

Does OT1 Font Manager work with my application (e.g. Adobe)?

OT1 Font Manager does not see the fonts from certain app


Can I edit fonts using OT1 Font Manager?

OT1 Font Manager is a font management program, not a font editor. So you will not be able to edit your fonts using OT1 Font Manager (i.e. correct buggy fonts or edit glyphs).

OT1 Font Manager helps you in classifying your fonts. You may, for instance, create groups of fonts very easily. You may then activate/deactivate a group or another depending on the project you are working on.

How does OT1 Font Manager install fonts?

(Read this short tutorial about installing font in Windows)

The default behavior of OT1 Font Manager is to activate the fonts, i.e. the font is installed as a shortcut. Press the Ctrl key if you want to copy the font file inside the Fonts folder of Windows at install, or delete the font file when it is uninstalled from the Fonts folder of Windows.

Managed install/uninstall is always performed as a shortcut.

Can OT1 Font Manager clean all unwanted Windows Fonts?

Windows installs dozens of fonts for international scripts that you do not necessarily need if you never read or write text in multiple languages.

Many of these fonts are under the protection of the system and cannot be deleted. But with OT1 Font Manager, you can deactivate the fonts that you do not need, so that they not visible any more in Windows and all the applications.

The short information in the Sample pane includes scripts hints, to help you select the fonts that you may not need.

(More details in this short tutorial)

Accessing font files on network drives

Since version 4 inclusive, OT1 Font Manager can access unmounted network shares (i.e. volumes without a drive letter, of the form "\\ShareName\").

Note that this may impact performances. OT1 Font Manager needs to read each font file content to display the font information, and a font needs to be activated by Windows for OT1 Font Manager to display it. This activation can be time consuming on a slow network.

Download the demo version for a real life evaluation in your own environment.

Preview font files in compressed (zipped) folders

Since version 6, you may preview fonts inside compressed (zipped) folders.

This only a preview. If you want to use these fonts, you should use the Extract command first to extract the fonts to a new folder.

Font name differs in different applications

Finding the name displayed for a font in Windows may not be an easy task.  The same font name may differ when listed in the Control Panel, in Microsoft Office or in an Adobe application.

For example, the same font may appear as 'AGaramondPro-Regular' in one application, and 'Adobe Garamond Pro' in another.

OT1 Font Manager displays fonts in the lists under the preferred font names (i.e. usual name). The Windows name (i.e. the name used in the Control Panel) of the font is shown in the Sample header.

See the 'Font Names' entry in the program Help for additional details.

Does OT1 Font Manager work with my application?

OT1 Font Manager works at the Windows system level - i.e. it sees the fonts as they are seen by the Control Panel Fonts app. There is no dynamic interface or plug-in for specific vendor program.

So, if your running application can see when a font is activated from the Control Panel of Windows, and if the Control Panel sees all the fonts listed in your app, then OT1 Font Manager will too.

If not, you need to restart your application in order to see the changes made to the installed fonts.

OT1 Font Manager does not see the fonts from certain application

(See also previous FAQ, and this tutorial about fonts in Adobe products)

If you install fonts while a vendor application is open, and that application does not listen to the font change notifications issued by Windows, the vendor application needs to be restarted in order to see the newly installed fonts.
On the other hand, when a vendor application activates fonts in a private manner, without issuing a standard notification for Windows, Windows will not see these fonts, neither will the other active applications (including OT1 Font Manager), if they do not interface that vendor application explicitly.

See also the introduction in the help of the demo version if you need more information on fonts in Windows.



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