Apple Safari Brower For Windows: Fixing the Font Issue


Posted on June 17th, 2007 by Merlin.
Categories: Safari, Tutorial, Web Service.

Below is a my guide on how to fix the font issue after installing Safari Browers for Windows.

My Issue is I love fonts and have several hundred installed from Free Fonts and many other font resources on the web (Another Article some day) Well, my love of fonts seems to have choked the Safari Browser for Windows. The Issue is Safari scans the system every time it loads and updates the font list. So the simple solution is to follow the directions below and and when you restart the Safari Browser most if not all of your font problems will be gone.

1) Download the Fonts.Plist from here. (Right Click and Save Link as) to a location you can keep it on as if you upgrade to a newer version you may need to replace it again. I Suggest creating a directory such as “c:\Safari Extras” and save it there.

2) Open up Windows Explorer and make sure you have set Show Hidden files and folders radio button set (To Set this click on -Tools- -Folder Options- Click on the second Tab -View- and in the section called Hidden Files and folders you will find the radio button to press. See below for what it looks like.

 

Folder Options Windows Explorer

3) Now go to the following directory:

Using Windows XP
C:\Documents and Settings\Your User Name Here\Local Settings\Application Data\Apple Computer\Safari

Using Windows Vista
C:\Users\Your User Name Here\AppData\Local\Apple Computer\Safari

Now Copy the fonts.plist you download earlier over the file located in the directory for the version of windows you are using. I see no need to keep a copy of this as if you want to recreate it run Safari for windows without it being there but if you want feel free to rename if to fontsold.plist

Now you want to right click on this file an click on properties and make sure the read-only check box is checked.

If not Safari will over write this file and you have to copy it again.

You can view this fonts.plist file using notepad and if you do you may notice I have a few fonts in there that are not normally installed such as the Helvetica Fonts – These are required if you want to see the RSS Feeds as the main.css file located in:

C:\Program Files\Safari\PubSub.resources

Points to Helvetica as the default font

This is why you can not see the Washington Post Link under the News dropdown. or Any of the RSS Feeds.

The Fonts I have for Helvetica are as follows and can be found here.

The fonts you need to download are: Not sure which ones you need but better safe then sorry. :-)

Helvetica
C:\Windows\Fonts\helr45w.ttf
Helvetica Bold
C:\Windows\Fonts\helr65w.ttf
Helvetica Bold Oblique
C:\Windows\Fonts\helr66w.ttf
Helvetica Condensed
C:\Windows\Fonts\ps_14526.ttf
Helvetica Condensed Bold
C:\Windows\Fonts\ps_14528.ttf
Helvetica Condensed Bold Italic
C:\Windows\Fonts\ps_14529.ttf
Helvetica Condensed Italic
C:\Windows\Fonts\ps_14527.ttf
Helvetica Narrow
C:\Windows\Fonts\helr47w.ttf
Helvetica Narrow Bold
C:\Windows\Fonts\helr67w.ttf
Helvetica Narrow Bold Oblique
C:\Windows\Fonts\helr68w.ttf
Helvetica Narrow Oblique
C:\Windows\Fonts\helr48w.ttf
Helvetica Oblique
C:\Windows\Fonts\helr46w.ttf
Helvetica-Bold
C:\Windows\Fonts\helr65w.ttf
Helvetica-BoldOblique
C:\Windows\Fonts\helr66w.ttf
Helvetica-Condensed
C:\Windows\Fonts\ps_14526.ttf
Helvetica-Condensed-Bold
C:\Windows\Fonts\ps_14528.ttf
Helvetica-Condensed-BoldObl
C:\Windows\Fonts\ps_14529.ttf
Helvetica-Condensed-Oblique
C:\Windows\Fonts\ps_14527.ttf
Helvetica-Narrow
C:\Windows\Fonts\helr47w.ttf
Helvetica-Narrow-Bold
C:\Windows\Fonts\helr67w.ttf
Helvetica-Narrow-BoldOblique
C:\Windows\Fonts\helr68w.ttf
Helvetica-Narrow-Oblique
C:\Windows\Fonts\helr48w.ttf
Helvetica-Oblique
C:\Windows\Fonts\helr46w.ttf

Make sure to install these into your Windows Font Directory and restart your system.

This is located:

C:\Windows\Fonts

Well that is it – Now you can run Safari for Windows and see the pages you want.

The reason I understand this is happening is that Apple decided to render all the font in its own font engine and not use the built in windows one. This also makes the fonts you see on the screen slightly blurry – this is Apples form of Clear Type working to help reduce eye strain.

Hope this helps everyone that is having this problem.

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