This article will show you how to set up your system to optimally run Universal Type Client on OS X 10.10 Yosemite. It should only take about 5-10 minutes to go through.
Disable Apple’s FontBook application
FontBook is Apple’s built in font utility that comes with Mac OS X. Changing these preferences disables FontBook so you can use Universal Type Client to manage your fonts instead. It is not necessary to uninstall FontBook since it can be handy for troubleshooting.
- Go to your Applications folder and launch FontBook
- Choose Font Book > Preferences
- Disable ‘Automatic Font Activation’ and ‘Alert me if system fonts change’. The settings should look like this:
Remove non-essential system fonts.
Mac OS X has three different system font folders. The fonts in these folders are automatically activated by Mac OS X when you log into the computer, which means that there can be conflicts if you activate fonts with the same name with UTC.
Remove any fonts you find in the following two folders and put them into a new folder on your desktop. You don’t have to keep any fonts in either of those two folders.
- [Macintosh HD]/Users/[Username]/Library/Fonts
- [Macintosh HD]/Library/Fonts
Note: In Yosemite, the [Macintosh HD]/Users/[Username]/Library folder is hidden. To get to it, hold down the Option key in the Finder and choose ‘Go > Library’.
Note: Do not remove fonts from [Macintosh HD]/System/Library/Fonts. They are essential to Mac OS X.
Add your fonts to Universal Type Client
Add any fonts you want to use in UTC by dragging and dropping them into the UTC application window.* This will copy the fonts into the UTC vault so you can turn them on and off when you wish. You can keep your original fonts anywhere on your Mac except for the reserved system font folders mentioned above.
*Note: Your UTS user account will need to allow you to add fonts to Universal Type Client. Check with your UTS administrator if you don't know.
Clean your system and application font caches.
- In Universal Type Client, choose File > Clean Font Caches. The following dialog will appear:
- Press the ‘Clean and Restart’ button
- Type in your Mac’s administrator password to proceed
Now you have a clean Mac OS X system running with just the essential Apple system fonts. All of your design fonts are in UTC to turn on and off as needed. Your machine will start faster, your design applications will run faster, and your applications’ font menus will be much shorter and easier to navigate.