Ever since I switched to Mac OS X, I’ve been missing my favorite font, Sand. How can I get it back?

Ever since I switched to Mac OS X, I’ve been missing my favorite font, Sand. How can I get it back?

Transplanted from our nearly dead iBook, Sand works fine on an Intel-powered iMac.

 

Ah, another Sand fan. We feel your pain, friend, and we can offer a simple solution - if you still have your old Mac OS 9 System Folder handy. Sand is a regular TrueType font, so if you own it, you can simply move it from your OS 9 Fonts folder (/System Folder/Fonts) onto your OS X system’s Desktop. Double-click the font suitcase to launch OS X’s Font Book, which will offer to install the font for you.

 

If you don’t have an installed OS 9 system handy, it gets a little tricky in a number of ways. First, if you have an OS 9.x install disc and a G5 or newer Mac, you won’t be able to use OS 9 - your Mac won‘t boot off of the OS 9 install disc, nor will it let you use the install disc’s System Folder to power the Classic environment (believe us, we tried every which way). Apple never released Sand for general use, so you can’t buy the font anywhere, but if you paid for Mac OS 9, you still have the legal right to use it as part of OS 9. And any suggestions that you “borrow” a copy from a “friend” to use on your new system is probably a violation of whatever licensing agreement was in place when Apple licensed it to whoever bought it.

 

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Odyssey44

I tried the suggestion. Dragged the fonts folder on OS 9 onto a data stick. Then plugged it into my iBook G4,dragged "SAND" onto the desktop, but it won't recognize the font file.

Any ideas?

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Anonymous

Just putting it on the desktop isn't enough. You have to double-click on the file; a preview of the font will come up, then at the bottom of that window you can click "Install". Things will whirr for a second, then the font file will disappear from your desktop as it is whisked away into its proper spot in the system folder. Then you can use it.

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Chad W Smith

I just spent over an hour on the phone with Apple (doesn't) Care. After the first rep hung up on me, yelling some code about "CUSTOMER UNRESPONSIVE" I was told ot "google it". Leading me to your site, (I had already googled it before calling, and found a bunch of font sites saying "This font is only available with the purchase of Apple's Mac OS.") But, now I have my old MacBook that had the font on there - so I'm transferring the file.

Thanks!

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IronMac

Thanks for tip. I had just started out using Freeway Pro and one of the examples used this "Sand" font so I needed it in order to follow along.

For those who are complaining about the font...you don't need MacLife...you need a life. Seriously.

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Anonymous

To the guys beotching about Comic Sans and Sand... SO WHAT! Why do people think they need to chime in and insult someone just for their preferences (this is very akin to racism homophobia etc.). BTFO and get a life, stop cruising internet chats to insult people.

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HarkJohnny

yeah, great font... for your beach day scrapbooking session. I bet you use Sand and Comic Sans for everything you type. If I received your resume in either of these fonts I'd pitch it immediately

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Anonymous

I'll second that comment... anytime I see Comic Sans being used by a 'designer' it makes me want to vomit.

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amy

A time and place for everything, my friend. Yes, using a tired font in a resume as if it were special is certainly a no-no. But there could be a time... one reason to learn the rules is so you can identify when breaking them will have the most impact. So even tired, overused fonts do have a place, if used in the right hands.

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