Forum Question: Missing Fonts iWorks

Hey Gary, when you open up a document in any of the iWorks apps, and are presented with “warnings” such as missing fonts, I notice that there is a way to replace the fonts with a more supported font. My question is one, how can you tell which fonts are “not supported” and it does not seen iWorks deletes the text of unsupported fonts. Is it in fact that the app replaces the font by default/automatically with a font that is close to missing fonts?

Comments: 6 Responses to “Missing Fonts iWorks”

    6/13/11 @ 10:13 pm

    I’m not quite following what you are asking.
    It isn’t that the fonts aren’t supported, it is that you don’t have them on your Mac. So you get the chance to substitute another font — one that you do have.

    6/13/11 @ 11:12 pm

    Yea that I get, but when I open a document in iWorks, it shows me the errors, but NO text is missing from document. So is it safe to say that the application by default replaced the missing font or fonts with “other” font or fonts that the application supports? Mostly I just ignore the missing fonts warning and all seems to be fine with the document. I have seen how I can change the fonts but with SO MANY fonts to choose from how would I pick the appropriate one or can I just do like I have always and ignore the warning and “supposdly” let the application fill in the correct font! I hope I made a little clearer:)

      6/14/11 @ 7:17 am

      Really hard to say. You can check pieces of text in the document and see what it says the font is. Perhaps it shows you something different when a font has been substituted.
      You can play detective and do this: Use the replacement dialog to replace the missing fonts with something crazy like Comic Sans. Then you can see which text has been replaced.

    6/13/11 @ 11:14 pm

    correction “supposedly”

    6/13/11 @ 11:22 pm

    And yea I understand that and I stand corrected about fonts not being supported but missing from Mac. And on that, would you recommend buying or getting additional fonts that say are common in Microsoft Documents?

      6/14/11 @ 7:18 am

      That’s up to you. You can find out which fonts your documents are using — or ask the people that are making them where they got the fonts. Whether you want to compromise with them over font use or get the fonts from the same source is your call.

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