Pulling Old Fonts from Server

We migrated a mac server to a windows server for creative design users and now all old projects have corrupt fonts so that the users can't work off of old designs.

Is there a way to pull off the fonts from the mac server or a way to repair the fonts?

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Moving fonts between operating systems is always tricky. While modern fonts and operating systems should treat the font files the same, often enough they don't - the same font file on a Mac may show up with a slightly different variation in the name when used on a PC, which means when you open a file that used that font, it's no longer recognized and you get warning messages.

However, you said you moved servers. Now it gets even more complicated. Typically fonts are local files on the desktop computer. However, if they were installed from a shared drive from the server, it's likely that path is no longer available. Without knowing a little more about the environment you're working in, it's hard for me to say more than that. However, it should be possible to copy the font files from where they resided on the Mac server and place them on the new Windows server. Once that's done, the fonts will need to be installed on the desktop PC using the new path. Once that's done, you have a pretty good shot at most of them working properly when files using those fonts are opened.


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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
Did you have a font server?  If you did and the hard drive is still accessible with the data, if you computer the font vault, it would then be usable and you can import the fonts from the old to new font server.

At the same time, I highly suggest you implement something like extensive as this would reduce your chances of future font loss/corruption. Extensis is server agnostic(for the most part) and works great with managing fonts for jobs.

Check it out...http://www.extensis.com/font-management/universal-type-server/
nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
If you already have the fonts, try repairing this with Font Doctor from Extensis http://www.extensis.com/support/product-support/fontdoctor/
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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
Here is an extensive article on the various types of font files and instructions on what can be moved:
chazzwillie15Author Commented:
Thank you.  Bringing the old mac server up and seeing what we can pull.
chazzwillie15Author Commented:
Also will try font doctor but haven't had a lot of luck with other clients using it.
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