Mac Office on 10.4 – font corruption issue

I just opened Word on my Mac at work (running Mac OS 10.4 aka “Tiger”) and it started complaining about a corrupt font during the font optimization process when starting up – then promptly crashed.

Google pointed me to this – but I found that using the free Linotype FontExplorer X to clear the system and application font caches (both options under the Tools menu) fixed the problem.

Just thought I’d share in case any of y’all run into the same issue…

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  • There are several products that will “fix” the problem by clearing the font cache but the problem comes back as soon as someone else logs onto the system.

    Clearing the font cache also requires admin permissions which users in an Enterprise system rarely have.

    Does anyone know if Apple and/or Microsoft are working on this?


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