Newsletter #10 - February 2002

An update to our customers and friends on happenings at
Lose Your Mind Development
Quality utilities for Microsoft Windows

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Table of Contents
1. Current Happenings
2. Printer's Apprentice 7.21
3. FontReview 2.61
4. The New Bundle Pak
5. We now accept PayPal for online purchases
6. From the Mailbag - Core Windows Fonts
7. Upcoming Features
8. Contact Information

1. Current Happenings
Welcome to the 10th edition of the Lose Your Mind Development newsletter.

It has been a while since the last newsletter, but we are going to try and keep this coming out at least every other month.

Here is a quick review of recent happenings at Lose Your Mind Development. More details about each of these items can be found below.

  • Printer's Apprentice 7.21 and FontReview 2.61 have been released on the web site.
  • Printer's Apprentice and FontReview are available together in a money saving Bundle Pack for $35.00.
  • Customers can now purchase our products using PayPal.
  • Bryan is working on exciting new features for both products.
  • We have been getting a good number of emails regarding our products and Windows XP. Both of our products, Printer's Apprentice and FontReview, work fine under XP. However, we are working to make the integration into XP a bit smoother. Watch the web site and this newsletter for future news about additional features specifically for Windows XP.

    That is all for this month, If you ever have any questions about any of our products, don't hesitate to send an email to

    Bryan & Suzanne Kinkel

    2. Printer's Apprentice 7.21
    Printer's Apprentice is our full featured font manager for Microsoft Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4.0, 2000 and XP.

    More product information, screen shots and a full list of features can be found at

    A complete list of recent changes can be found at

    To place an order for Printer's Apprentice please see

    All users of Printer's Apprentice 7.x are eligible for a free upgrade to the latest version. To upgrade, simply download one of the distribution packages below.

    Full download, includes setup program -

    Minimal download, does not include runtime files -

    Executable file only, no setup program -

    Note that you will need to reenter your registration code when installing the full or minimal packages. So have this handy before you install the software.

    Printer's Apprentice Frequently Asked Questions -

    3. FontReview 2.61
    FontReview is font viewing and printing application that integrates directly into the Windows Explorer interface. With FontReview installed, you can preview, print and install TrueType fonts from the right-click popup context menu. FontReview is for Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4.0, 2000 and XP.

    More product information, screen shots and a full list of features can be found at

    To place an order for FontReview please see

    A complete list of recent changes can be found at

    All users of FontReview 2.x are eligible for a free upgrade to the latest version. To upgrade, download the distribution package below.

    Full download, includes setup program -

    FontReview 2.6 Frequently Asked Questions -

    4. The New Bundle Pack
    Printer's Apprentice and FontReview are now available together in a money saving Bundle Pak! Printer's Apprentice and FontReview, purchased separately cost $40. But you can order both products TODAY for $35!

    To place an order, please see

    5. We Now Accept PayPal for online purchases
    Lose Your Mind Development now accepts payment for our software using the PayPal online service.

    PayPal enables any business or consumer with an email address to securely, conveniently, and cost-effectively send and receive payments online.

    Both Suzanne and I use PayPal for receiving payments and for making online purchases. It is a great service and highly recommended. PayPal, Inc. (PYPL) is also now a publicly traded company.

    If you are interested in signing up for PayPal, please use this link

    Our order page now contains links for placing an orders for Printer's Apprentice, FontReview and the Bundle Pack via PayPal.

    6. From the Mailbag - Core Windows Fonts
    I spend a lot of time answering email that is not specifically about Printer's Apprentice. Many emails arriving in the mailbox contain general questions about the Windows operating systems and fonts.

    From time to time I get asked "What are the core fonts required by Windows?" or "If I want to clean out my system, what fonts should I not delete?"

    The short answer is easy. Don't delete any fonts you might want to use in a future document! But when you think about it, the answer is not all that easy. If you delete fonts that are in use by documents on your hard drive, their appearance will change. And if you delete critical system fonts, you could damage your OS and have to reinstall Windows. So here are a few guidelines that should help you determine what fonts should and should not delete.

    In general, you don't want to remove any of the *.FON files. These are the bitmapped and vector fonts used by your video card driver. They supply the fixed point (non-scalable) versions of Courier, MS Sans Serif, MS Serif and Symbol. The FON files also contain "fixedsys" and "small fonts" which are used in some Windows dialog boxes.

    Don't delete the MARLETT.TTF file. This is a symbol font used by Windows to draw various controls on the screen. For example, Marlett is used to draw the minimize and maximize buttons on a window. OUTLOOK.TTF is another symbol font used for Microsoft Outlook. Don't delete OUTLOOK.TTF if you use Outlook.

    Also, don't delete the Arial, Times New Roman, Lucida Console, Symbol or Wingdings. This are your basic Windows fonts. You may not use them for documents, but other applications might use them for screens or printing.

    Microsoft has a great font resource at This is a great resource for fans of the font file. Check out these links for extensive information about specific fonts and the applications that use them.

    Core fonts for the web

    Microsoft's Core fonts table

    Fonts supplied with Microsoft products

    Fonts supplied with products from other vendors

    Outside of what was listed above, you may remove most other TrueType fonts from your system. But be aware that other applications may install special system fonts. Removing these fonts might cause problems, so consult your application documentation if you are unsure.

    I hope this list of fonts and links helps you in your quest to trim down any font overload that might be present on your system. If you have any questions, drop me a note at

    7. Upcoming Features
    We are always working on new features for both Printer's Apprentice and FontReview. Here is a quick review of some of the new features Bryan is cooking up -

  • View and print uninstalled PostScript Type 1 fonts
  • Support for OpenType format fonts
  • Retool and tweak the interface so it blends in nicely with the new Windows XP interface
  • Improved font reading routines to reduce the number of "unknown" entries that appear in the Printer's Apprentice installed fonts list.
  • 8. Contact Information
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