Clean out duplicate font files

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Clean out duplicate font files

Post by cpking » Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:35 am

I read another thread that was sort of on this topic, but not exactly what I was looking for.

Is there a way for MainType to offer the opportunity to clean up duplicate font FILES. You can see in this screen cap, for example, I have four (yes, FOUR) files for Century Condensed. Of course, this is from years of accumulating files, upgrading computers, etc., and need to be cleaned up - to conserve disk space if nothing else. I just don't know where to start...
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Re: Clean out duplicate font files

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:17 am

Nobody else seems to have any suggestions.

The obvious thing to try first would be to look in your DropBox folder for the file names, and delete all but the most recent one, or inspect each of them in FontCreator before deciding which is the best one to keep.
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Re: Clean out duplicate font files

Post by Erwin Denissen » Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:48 am

cpking wrote:I read another thread that was sort of on this topic, but not exactly what I was looking for.

Is there a way for MainType to offer the opportunity to clean up duplicate font FILES.
Why would you bother to do this, as MainType will show the font only once anyway?

Is it to save some disk space?
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Re: Clean out duplicate font files

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:55 am

Erwin Denissen wrote:Is it to save some disk space?
Yes, as stated in the first post. This could certainly be an issue for free users of DropBox with only 1.5 Gbytes available.
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Re: Clean out duplicate font files

Post by Erwin Denissen » Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:12 am

There is a fast but unconventional way. I suggest you first make a local backup of all your fonts, just to be sure.

In MainType select all fonts within the font library, and click export. This way you will have all your fonts in a single folder.

Next delete all fonts folders from Dropbox, and copy the exported fonts to Dropbox. You will now have a single resource per font stored in a flat folder.

We could implement some more advanced way of removing duplicates if more people need it.
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