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Warning: Font Find and Replace triggers routines in Helix RADE 6.2 that are not compatible with macOS 10.10 (Yosemite), resulting in a Helix RADE crash. This issue is addressed in Helix 7.0.

A global font updater

Many of the standard fonts used in Classic Mac OS have been replaced by more modern counterparts. The default font, Geneva, has been replaced by Lucida Grande.

Font Find and Replace is an AppleScript that automates the task of changing the use of one font to another. This script, while originally created to ease the transition from Classic to macOS, can also be used to make any font changes, from a single template to an entire collection.

Font Find and Replace requires no AppleScript skills, but can be extended by experienced script writers.

How it works:

Font Find and Replace works in various modes:

  • Start with a template open or selected in a relation window: just that template is affected.
  • Start with a view open or selected in a relation window: just that view’s template is affected.
  • Start with a relation open with no template selected: a selectable list of all templates is shown.
  • Start with a relation open with multiple templates selected: a selectable list of all templates is shown, with the selected templates pre-highlighted.
  • Start with the collection window open and no relations selected: a selectable list of all relations is shown.
  • Start with the collection window open and one or more relations selected: a selectable list of all relations is shown with the selected relations pre-hilighted.
  • Start with any other window open: a selectable list of all relations is shown.

Note: in the selectable lists, use shift-click to select a range of items and command-click to select multiple distinct items.

Once the templates to modify are identified, the script proceeds in the following steps:

  1. A dialog displays every font found on those templates. (For selections that result in many templates being selected, an option to save time by specifying the font by name is presented.)
  2. The user selects which is the font to be changed.
  3. Apple’s Font Book application is used to gather and display a list of available macOS fonts.
  4. The user specifies a basic (plain) replacement font.
  5. The user specifies replacements for bold, italic, and bold italic styles. The script attempts to match styles from the basic font family. (If no font variations are available, the dialog on the right warns that bold and italic styles will be lost.)
  6. A dialog offers a choice to open every template checked, just templates modified, or to run without opening templates at all.
  7. After the script is completed, a dialog summarizes what just happened.
  8. Canceling at any time during the font specification process stops the whole process. No change are made.

Notes:

  1. Relations and templates are referenced by name. Duplicate names will cause unpredictable results.
  2. Some fonts can not be used as substitue fonts, due to naming discrepancies. For example, “Frutiger 55 Roman” is referred to internally as “R Frutiger Roman” and can not be matched. After switching to such a font, the Inspector will show ‘Lucida Grande’ (or your custom default font).
  3. Because the Classic font attributes bold face, italic face, outline face, shadow face, underline face are being phased out in macOS, these attributes are turned off. (This can be disabled with a one line change to the script.)
  4. This script does not change abaci that output styled text.
  5. This script does not alter styled text data that is stored in records.

Release History:

  • Aug 18, 2014: Version 1.0 (Initial Release)
  • Jan 12, 2015: Version 1.1 is code signed, to avoid the difficulties running the applet in macOS 10.9 and later.
  • Jun 23, 2015: Version 1.2 addresses an issue that causes the script to bypass all rectangles in some situations.

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