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How can I access the thousands of font files on my Mac without "installing" them and thereby slowing the machine to a crawl?

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without installing them what you want to access??? you can see them by double clicking i guess,but if you want to use them you have to install them...\ –  Jack Oct 11 '11 at 8:03
    
I'd encourage you to NOT have a thousand fonts. Most good designers will use a core set of a few dozen workhorses and then selectively install one-offs as needed per project. –  DA01 Oct 11 '11 at 13:21
    
Not sure what this has to do with GD. Seems it would be more at home on SU. –  Alan Gilbertson Oct 16 '11 at 21:05

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From my answer here:

You need a font management tool of some kind to help you organize your fonts into sets of your liking. There are a number of them out there; Extensis Suitcase Fusion and FontXplorer Pro come to mind.

From the FontXplorer website...

Is font management for you? Font management is for anyone who uses more than just a handful of fonts.

Ask yourself these questions:

Do you need to free up your system? Every font that has been activated on your system requires the deployment of system resources to applications. This can be an unproductive use of resources, particularly for fonts that are used infrequently. Font management allows you to activate fonts solely for the period of time you actually need them, freeing up precious resources so your system can run more efficiently.

Do you have trouble maintaining an overview of your fonts? Every professional creative application you install adds new fonts to your system that you may or may not want. Font management helps you find, preview, and sort fonts and deactivate the ones you don’t need.

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