Extra Mac fonts included in Aperture, iMovie '09, more

Many of Apple's applications have gone the route of being self-contained packages, hiding their resources from the casual user to protect file structure integrity. This has also allowed Apple to include many interesting resources, such as extra fonts, with these applications.

Many of Apple's applications have gone the route of being self-contained packages, hiding their resources from the casual user to protect file structure integrity. This has also allowed Apple to include many interesting resources, such as extra fonts, with these applications.

I was tipped off by this hint on Mac OS X Hints, highlighting the extra fonts included in the iMovie '09 application package. Naturally, that got me thinking, where else would extra fonts be?

Extra fonts can appear in any application, especially ones that include templates or customizable production tools. Aperture 3 includes Hopper Script, which can be used in creating books and other print materials. In iPhoto '09 you can use Bradley Hand ITC. iMovie '09 and iDVD '09 seem to be the mother lode, though, including over 15 fonts.

Extra fonts include Coolvetica, Duality, Handwriting Dakota, Strenuous, and more.

Make these extra fonts usable across your Mac
First, choose a program where extra fonts may exist, such as Aperture. In the Aperture application package (Applications > Aperture > (Right-click Show Package Contents) > Contents > Resources > Fonts), the nonsystem font included is called HopperScript. To install, double-click the HopperScript.ttf file.

Screenshot by Joe Aimonetti

Font Book will open and give you a preview of the font. Click Install Font and your font will appear in Font Book. Fonts included in Apple-developed applications should be fine. If you find extra fonts included in third party programs, you may want to then validate your newly installed font using Font Book. Simply right-click the font and choose Validate Font from the contextual menu.

Screenshot by Joe Aimonetti

What other applications have you found on your Mac with cool fonts? Let us know in the comments!


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    Joe is a seasoned Mac veteran with years of experience on the platform. He reports on Macs, iPods, iPhones and anything else Apple sells. He even has worked in Apple retail stores. He's also a creative professional who knows how to use a Mac to get the job done.

     

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