The Classic Mac Font is Gone: No Chicago for OS X

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Date: Tuesday, March 4th, 2003, 00:00
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I really love working in Jaguar and decided to install only OS X, but wanted to keep the look and feel of OS 9, so I wanted to use Chicago font for mail application in my Powerbook. Chicago font, if you’ll recall, is the ubiquitous font for all previous versions of Mac OS.

Unfortunately, Chicago and Charcoal, to name a couple of fonts, are gone with Mac OS X when it is the sole OS on a Mac. Also, I could not drag and drop Chicago into any fonts folder in an attempt to modify and make Chicago available.

It seems that the ONLY way that a person can utilize Chicago font is if OS 9 is on the machine, period.

I called Apple about it and they were hedgy about it and said that they “‘thought’ that Chicago might be available if a person were to use Classic with the newest machines that will not boot to OS 9.”

Now, this may not seem like a big deal, but why in the world wouldn’t Chicago or Charcoal fonts be available? And what other fonts aren’t available? Any ideas? A friend confirmed this discovery of mine this evening.

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