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Fixing the Font Cache with the 10.6.8 Update

Ray Drainville

If, like me, you had font problems after applying Apple’s Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update, there’s a simple solution: delete the font cache. You can easily delete the font cache by using the free tool OnyX—which also does much else besides.

For me, the issue became clear when I went to look at a job in Adobe Illustrator. Opening the file should have triggered Extensis Suitcase Fusion to load a particular font, but it didn’t. In fact, none of my fonts could be previewed in Fusion: instead was a note stating “Font Unavailable”. Once I deleted the font cache & restarted, everything was fine.

Tiny Art Director

Ray Drainville

Before I started off on my own, I worked for what seemed like an eternity for a graphic design firm. The art director would give incredibly vague orders & was outraged when we didn’t read his mind. I think a four-year-old would have been a better boss.

Step forward, Tiny Art Director! Your commands are far clearer, and your criticism are more reasoned! Example:

The Brief: I want you to draw me a dinosaur! Not a scary one! He’s taking a bath.
The Critique: I don’t like him.
Job Status: Rejected.