'cause merely opening it for the first time seems to screw things up, with duplicate fonts in the real font management software as well as fontbook. if i have two entries in my type menu in say Illustrator for helvetica, how do i know which is the one activated by font book versus the real software?
Because it's a part of the OS. I wouldn't delete Quicktime or Calculator, why would I delete FontBook?
Unlike Quicktime but like Calculator (or iCal or Address Book, etc.), it isn't a part of the OS: it's simply an Apple utility.
IMO it's perfectly safe to delete it. One of my machines has a minimal installation. After performing the installation, I deleted a great deal of extraneous stuff, including Font Book. I did, however, leave TextEdit and it has access to the usual assortment of fonts installed with the OS.
i'm setting up a new iBook and wondering if i can safely do away with font book.
the designers out there will get why i'm contemplating this.
I know exactly what you mean.
Font book is ........ well I won't say, but kids might enjoy it.
If you are setting up your from new, before you start installing all the software, delete the font book and see what happens, the worst thing that you might have to do, is to re-install the system software.
If you have already installed all the bells and whistles, contact Apple and ask.
PS : what are you going to use, Suitcase ???
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uccgrafix, i've been using font reserve since jag, with decent results. i've been living with convoluted font menus and directories for too long however, and am trying to do something about it. i've heard bad things about the X version of suitcase, tho haven't actually used it. your thoughts?