Version 1.5 beta 10, June 15, 2010
Copyright © 2004-2016, Mark Douma. All rights reserved.
UPDATED April 2016: NOTE: despite the warnings you may receive when launching Font Finagler, the version below (1.5 beta 10) is fully compatible with all versions of OS X 10.4.x and greater, including Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8), Mavericks (10.9), Yosemite (10.10), and El Capitan (10.11).
Font Finagler 1.0 is still available for users of Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther): FontFinagler.dmg (3.9 MB)
Font Finagler 0.5.3 is still available for users of Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar): FontFinagler053.dmg (554 KB)
If you're having problems like in the image below, it could be caused by corrupt font cache files. What appears to be happening is that incorrect or corrupted encoding vector information is being used when mapping the character codes as input by your keyboard to the glyphs they represent in the problematically cached font.
You can use Font Finagler's Font Cache Cleaner feature to purge these cache files in an attempt to restore normal behavior, and to help rule out a font cache corruption as the sole cause of the problem. If, however, you use Font Cache Cleaner but the problem remains, then it could be caused by a font conflict, by a corrupt or less-than-ideal-quality font, or by an underlying OS X font-handling bug. Try removing fonts to isolate the problematic fonts that are causing this behavior.
I’ve created Font Finagler as “shareware,” meaning you can download and try it out for free, and, as long as it’s the same as the latest version available on my webpage, can freely share a copy of the software with others.
For unregistered users, some of the features in Font Finagler are always available, while others can be used a limited number of times. You can use the Font Cache Cleaner or Admin-Free Font Cache Cleaner feature to clean a combination of the font cache files up to 40 times. After that, you’ll need to register (purchase a license for) Font Finagler to continue using it. My assumption here is that if you’ve used it that often, then you’ve most likely found it useful and, therefore, ought to register it.
For more information on purchasing a license for Font Finagler, click the purchase button above.
If you have any questions about pricing, feel free to contact me (see the Support section below for contact information).
Font Finagler is "shareware", meaning that it is freely available over the internet or under other conditions described in the included ReadMe.rtfd, subject to certain restrictions of functionality and/or a periodic reminder to pay the "shareware fee". Should the user wish to remove these restrictions or reminder, the "shareware fee" may be charged under the conditions indicated in the included ReadMe.rtfd in exchange for a "serial number" transmitted to the user. The user must treat this "serial number" as confidential and not sell, transmit, or reveal it to any other party. This fee may be refunded only if the user demonstrates, to my satisfaction, that entering the "serial number" into the latest version of Font Finagler, as published on my website, does not remove the restrictions. I reserve the right to disable, without notice, any "serial number" published on a website or otherwise made available to anyone but the original user.
If you could instant message me, that would be preferred, as it's much more conducive to troubleshooting. (If I don't answer, I'm most likely away from my computer. If you add me to your buddy list, you'll be able to see my status. If I'm not around, just leave an email address in your message and I'll try to get back to you as soon as possible). If you've never used iChat or AIM before, then don't worry about it, email is fine.