One of the things we do the most of around here at FontGear is help people fix their font problems (duh!). And most of the time our software products will get you back in the game when your fonts go rogue on you. There are however occasions when a particular font file just cannot be repaired – corrupted beyond hope. Sad. How do you deal with that one?
Well, we’ve thought long and hard about that too, and it turns out that the old adage is true – “prevention is the best medicine”. That of course naturally leads to the question “how do you prevent font damage in the first place?” I don’t think you can eliminate problems fonts entirely. Files will always get moved, things get shuffled and updated, fonts still go bad.
The answer then does not revolve around damage prevention, as much as it revolves around loss prevention.
In practical terms that means that if and when a font goes bad you should have a contingency plan in place to recover your investment. In a word..back-up. (ok, that’s 2 words…sort of).
FontDoctor includes a font archiving feature that is very useful in preventing loss of your valuable font collection – and it’s very easy to use. Just select your fonts folder(s) in the Archive panel within FontDoctor and it will create a single font archive file of your entire font collection that you can store safely away (e.g. burn a CD, store on removeable media, etc.).
Then, if a font goes wild on you, you can use the “Restore” features in FontDoctor to quickly locate and recover the unruly files – and that saves time, and that saves money.
You need to check this out for yourself. You’ll be glad you did, trust me on this one. 😉