View Full Version : Text tool useless now...

03-05-2009, 11:56 AM
I've been having this problem on and off with the different versions of Lightwave. I'm on 9.6 for MAC now, and I can't use the text tool anymore.

It's super frustrating. I posted some pictures of my error messages, and samples, i figure they could describe more than I can what I'm facing.

Doesn't matter what font, ANY font does this. Primarily I work with ARIAL BLACK, it doesn't get much simpler than that.

Any ideas how to fix?


03-05-2009, 01:27 PM
I have this kind of problems only with corrupt font files. I doubt that all of your font files are corrupt, so what first comes to my mind is

- what font manager do you use
- when did you clean the font caches for the last time
- how many fonts are there on your system and how many of them are active.

I use Linotypes FontExplorer for font managment

and FontNuke for cleaning the caches

Let us know what's going on!

03-05-2009, 02:47 PM
I had a problem and narrowed it down to a bunch of fonts, but I haven't checked it lately. I think when the text tool becomes buggy, those fonts cause it to act up on my MacBook, when at other times they work fine...or that's the way I remember it.


ps. how can you tell if a font is corrupt when it might be ok in another app?


03-06-2009, 02:56 AM
Well, I have never really figured out all the "hows" and "whats" concerning font management, but this is a very wellcomed reading for anyone:


As far as those corrupt font files and their identification - similar "nonsenses" as Luke has showed us can present in any app, and they do show that either OS or application has a problem with that font. It doesn't necessarily mean that font is the source of the problem, more often are the 'font cache' files... That's why the first thing to do is to clean up those... FontNuke does it well.

Finding the corrupt font files is (to my very limited knowledge) a bit tricky. Google throws out (among others) this:
which in my case (OSX 10.5.6) seems to work.

I do have loads of fonts, a lot of them I have downloaded from various free font sites, and quite a lot of them are just crappy...

Also, the previously mentioned Linotype FontExplorer can identify corrupt font files and marks them in red... Though, they can cause FontExplorer to crash... (very, very rarely - it's probably due to a combination of processes).

Lot's of people dislike Linotype's font manager, but there are other free options out there.

03-06-2009, 04:01 AM
I alway use Text Tool ( +W ) and every thing is go OK.

try to use Text (+W) and press (n) for Numeric and after that type your words.