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When I activate PostScript Type 1 fonts in Universal Type Client on Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan) or later, I don't see them in font menus and they display incorrectly in applications

Description of Issue

When I activate Postscript Type 1 fonts, they do not appear in application menus. I see strange characters and blank lines when I switch between Type 1 fonts and fonts in other formats.

Description of Environment

This issue happens in all supported versions of Universal Type Client on Mac OS 10.11 and later.

How to Resolve the Issue

Stop the type core in Universal Type Client and place a configuration file to change the location of the client datastore to the user’s home folder.

To stop the type core:

  1. Open Universal Type Client
  2. Go to Universal Type Client > Preferences
  3. Click on the Type Core tab, then click Stop Type Core; UTC will close

You can download a client configuration file from: http://cs.us.extensis.com.s3.amazonaws.com/fm_general/com.extensis.UniversalTypeClient.conf

Copy the configuration file to /Library/Preferences/.

NOTE: If you already use a client configuration file, you can add the following line to the file:

vault.location=home

To move the client datastore, go to the /Library/Extensis/UTC/ folder. The client datastore folders in the UTC folder use the user ID of the Mac OS account. If there is more than one folder, you can find the client datastore that matches your user ID.

  1. Open the Terminal application
  2. Enter the following command and press Enter: open /Library/Extensis/UTC/`id -u`

Move the UniversalType.typecache to the Desktop.

Open your user Library folder; if there is no Extensis folder, create one. Open the Extensis folder and create a “UTC” folder. Move the UniversalType.typecache from the Desktop into the UTC folder.

NOTE: In Mac OS X 10.7 and later the user’s Library folder is not visible in the Finder. To reach the Library folder, hold the Option key down and click on the Go menu in the Finder; there will now be a “Library” menu option with no keyboard shortcut.

Selecting “Library” takes you to the user’s Library folder.

Once you have moved the client datastore into the user’s Library folder, open Universal Type Client. Your fonts and sets should appear as before.

Cause of the Issue

Changes in Mac OS to improve security and stability cause display issues with Postscript Type 1 fonts. This can happen regardless of whether the fonts are in an operating system font folder, or provided through a font management application such as UTC.

NOTE: This workaround moves the client datastore to the user’s home folder, which avoids the problem in most cases. Older and damaged Type 1 fonts may still have problems with activation and display in applications.

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Topic Information
  • Topic #: 58278-1175
  • Date Created: 10/29/2015
  • Last Updated: 05/04/2017
  • Viewed: 9014
When I activate PostScript Type 1 fonts in Universal Type Client on Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan) or later, I don't see them in font menus and they display incorrectly in applications
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Topic 58278-1175

When I activate PostScript Type 1 fonts in Universal Type Client on Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan) or later, I don't see them in font menus and they display incorrectly in applications