How to store and use fonts externally on a Mac?


I'm setting up a new Mac :) I know that my huge font collection will bog down its performance considerably, so I'm looking for a way to store and access them externally - either on an external drive, or preferably in Dropbox.

I would like to keep only the basic system fonts that shipped with the mac onboard, and store all the rest externally. This is easy enough but I don't know how to get Photoshop to pull the fonts from an external folder (other than my user library fonts folder).

In addition to that, I'm working between multiple computers, so I would love to be able to sync fonts between all of them.

I have found some solutions involving Dropbox and Fontcase, but those still require me to store all of the fonts natively on each computer.

Anyone know of any solutions for this?


6/3/2014 1:56:00 PM

One way or another you are going to have to store them locally. That's the only way the system is going to be able to use them. That doesn't mean they need to be active, that's what a good font manager is for (I'm a big fan of FontExplorer).

If you have discreet sets of fonts that you can identify (clients, project types, styles), there might be another good solution for you. Use something like BitBucket to host your groups as separate repositories then only pull down what you need at the moment. From there you can either place that group directly in the fonts directory or use a font manager to import/activate it.

4/27/2013 12:26:00 AM