Font folder in Windows XP too full?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by joyojoy, Mar 10, 2005.

  1. joyojoy

    joyojoy Not all there...

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    :suprised: I'm receiving conflicting reports about whether or not having too many fonts in your font folder can cause problems. As a graphic artist, I have to use a LOT of fonts.

    The other day my computer started freezing up in Illustrator, and the only changes I had made to the system were the addition of fonts to the font folder. I found there were over 700 fonts in there. I reduced it to under 650, and didn't have any more problems, so that leads me to believe it IS an issue. (This is all news to my MIS department.)

    I have read that the length of the font names can increase the "data load" for the system as well.

    Would using Adobe Type Manager alleviate these problems? I used it all the time when I was using Macs, but don't know if it will help in Windows XP.
     
  2. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Having too many fonts on the system slows the machine down.
    It would be advisable to keep the number of files to a minimum - get rid of the ones that you or the system don't use.
     
  3. xtweaker

    xtweaker Tweaking Monkey

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    What you need is a Font Manager, such as Adobe Type Manager or others you can find here

    As a graphics designer, you should know better ;)

    All you need to keep in your Fonts follder is the basic fonts you use the most often.

    Then when you work on a project, create a font package with one of the utilities and load it when you need it only.

    Having many fonts you should use such an organiser anyway, it's much easier!

    I recommend ATM (Adobe Type Manager), I used to do desktop publishing and that's what we were using in school, iit comes in MAC or Windows flavors... and there's a free version too.
     
  4. sean.ferguson

    sean.ferguson Moderator Folding Team

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    as xtweaker has said you need a font manager, windows and any OS really doesnt handle many fonts too well. :D
     
  5. ticklemefranklin

    ticklemefranklin OSNN One Post Wonder

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    for what it's worth Windows can only successfully handle 200 fonts at most...and by successful i mean, even less might be better. the two previous posts have the best suggestions. the following link is a good resource for this: http://www.sketchpad.net/fonts3a.htm
     
  6. joyojoy

    joyojoy Not all there...

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    Thanks for all the "healthy" advice. I've reduced my fonts down to a minimally functional level (whoever dies with the most fonts wins, right?), and have put a request into our MIS dept. to order Typograf, which looks like a pretty cool font utility.

    For what it's worth, I also added AdAware to my system and discovered that the Spy Sweeper program I am forced to use wasn't catching everything, and now my system's running even better.