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Font management on a local network?

Discussion in 'Fonts and Typography' started by Steve C., Jul 19, 2006.

  1. Steve C.

    Steve C. Very Active Member

    May 22, 2003
    How do you manage your fonts on a network? I tried placing a folder with all fonts in my shared documents. I have Font Navagator installed on all three computers. But designing on one computer and cut/ print from another continues to cause me problems with missing fonts. My production computer uninstalls some fonts when it is turned off and I have to install again daily.
    Please advise.
  2. Steve C.

    Steve C. Very Active Member

    May 22, 2003
    I thought for sure Fred would have some info on this subject......ANYONE?
  3. iSign

    iSign Major Contributor

    Nov 29, 2003
    Kahului, Maui
    I was hoping you answered your own question when I saw the post author & reply were both from you because this question interests me too.
  4. Fred Weiss

    Fred Weiss Merchant Member

    Sep 11, 2003
    Olympia, WA
    Because I don't really manage my fonts in this way, I didn't respond. We have all our fonts organized on a network drive where all workstations can access them as needed. We all have a core group of fonts that are installed on each workstation but whenever we go outside of that group we just install the font as needed and usually convert to outlines before we save.
  5. Checkers

    Checkers Very Active Member

    Jul 24, 2003
    Hiya Steve,
    I've had limited success with this. I think most of the problems occur when you're moving fonts from one computer to another, or to a central location. The other issues occur when the font source is not accessible.
    This is how I had the most success with the fewest issues...
    If you have a central server and your license agreement allows for it, your best bet is to install the fonts on the server using the appropriate installation option. Once you have the fonts properly installed, set up font navigator to look for fonts at this source.
    If you don't have a central server, try installing the fonts on a computer that will be on the most and allow the other computers access to the folder where the fonts are installed. Normally, you can just copy or install them to a shared folder on the hard drive.

    Good luck,

  6. derrickcurry

    derrickcurry Member

    Jun 28, 2006
    I use Adobe TypeManager to handle my font's across multiple machines on the network.