Question about Backups

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Question about Backups

Post by pixeldroid » Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:57 pm

If I were to restore a backup, would it restore the installed fonts to the exact state of when the backup was run?
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Re: Question about Backups

Post by Erwin Denissen » Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:01 pm

No, it won't restore the status of the fonts. It could do more harm, but if you want to make a backup that also allows you to restore the installed fonts, this might work:

Select all Active fonts, and provide a tag "Installed".

Then when you restore the backup, uninstall all fonts, and then select all fonts with tag "Installed", and then install them.
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Re: Question about Backups

Post by pixeldroid » Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:35 pm

Would there be a better way to save a restorable backup of the current state of the fonts on my computer?
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Re: Question about Backups

Post by Erwin Denissen » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:29 am

No. Our font manager allows other software to also install fonts if needed. We don't want this exclusive right, as that would do more harm.

If you could provide a little more background information why this is so important to you, then we might better understand your needs.
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Re: Question about Backups

Post by pixeldroid » Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:37 pm

At some point, I noticed that I had almost 1000 fonts installed - many of which I didn't know about or want. It is my assumption that various software packages have installed them and it is a major pain to pare them down! As I get the installed font base the way I want it, it would be great to be able to save a snapshot and easily restore it if rogue programs install fonts that I don't want.

I have almost 20K fonts in my library, so I appreciate MainType as a way to manage them - been using it since V2.
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Re: Question about Backups

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:43 pm

For a long time, I have grouped my fonts by application, so it would be easy to uninstall a groups of fonts belonging to any one application if I needed to reinstall the application and forgot not to install its fonts.
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My fonts are sorted in Windows Explorer folders, so MainType created the groups automatically when I installed it.
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Re: Question about Backups

Post by Erwin Denissen » Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:39 pm

pixeldroid wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:37 pm
At some point, I noticed that I had almost 1000 fonts installed - many of which I didn't know about or want. It is my assumption that various software packages have installed them and it is a major pain to pare them down! As I get the installed font base the way I want it, it would be great to be able to save a snapshot and easily restore it if rogue programs install fonts that I don't want.

I have almost 20K fonts in my library, so I appreciate MainType as a way to manage them - been using it since V2.
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Don't use the backup and restore feature for this.

It is very easy to just tag the fonts you want installed, then you can use the Exclude tag search to list all fonts you don't want to be installed.
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Re: Question about Backups

Post by pixeldroid » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:22 pm

That makes sense.
I didn't quite catch it in your original reply...

I don't use MainType's backup feature because my fonts are included in my backup files.
So in case anyone finds this thread useful, I would add that Tags (with Ratings) can be exported to an xml file. In the event of a disaster, if the fonts restored to the same directory, the tags can be manually restored.

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