While I was gone over the weekend to a very fun p2P Live event in Asheville, NC., my husband updated my desktop computer. He wiped the C drive clean and installed Windows 10. (Just a note, it is certainly not necessary to wipe your drive to install Windows 10 – but mine had gotten cluttered and he runs a tight ship!)
Thankfully, when I got a new computer several years ago, he had reminded me that I needed to have my “funky/extra fonts” and data (such as templates, projects, art content, etc.) in a secure place that was being backed up frequently. Then the operating system could be upgraded or repaired should I get a virus, lose or break a EHD, without losing my precious data that I spent hundreds of hours creating and adding. It’s not just a computer hard drive or an EHD failure that could cause you to lose all of your added fonts. It might happen when you do some upgrading and/or cleanup. When you lose those cute special fonts that you’ve been using in your Artisan 4 or 5, your pages will all of a sudden be covered in Microsoft Sans Serif. Windows fonts will automatically reinstall with your operating system but those extra fonts may be long gone.
I still add that little text box on the right of each page. You know, the one titled “Content used” that appears on p2P Blueprints. Fortunately in Artisan 5 you can just right click, choose Properties and then the art kit containing the paper and embellishments used on the page will appear. But unless you added in the fonts you used on the page – you might be a little undone when you can’t remember the original font you chose before a failure happens.
You might then find yourself having to go through each page in each project and change your text and titles to a new font. OR, you can go to the font file on your drive that was backed up and reload those fonts. Voila! All those Artisan pages will magically have that cute precious font right back where you originally put it.
NOTE: Artisan 5 gives you some help just in case you do lose your fonts and you didn’t make note of it in the work space of your page. The name of the font that you originally used will still show in the text properties on the Quick Access Toolbar.
Here are a couple of suggestions to help you protect those special fonts:
- First make sure your font folder is automatically backed up by your backup plan – you are backing up your files aren’t you? I put mine on a drive that is constantly backed up and is separate from my operating system partition. (C:). You can find the Windows font file on your computer by going to your local disk (C:) > Windows> Fonts. Remember, it’s important that you back up every single file that you want to remain the same – including your fonts! Windows 10 is now saying that you can do a non-destructive reload and you won’t lose your data. Trust but verify.
- You can flatten each title and text box and then if you have a computer failure your fonts and text will remain the same. I hesitate to flatten my text because typically I find a spelling mistake, a left out word, or the font is too large or too small and I want to be able to correct it. Once flattened, and you discover a mistake, you’ll have to rewrite it from scratch. BUT, if you are absolutely, positively positive that you won’t be needed to make changes, go ahead and flatten.
Pay attention and do your due diligence. Remember that Forever support can be a huge help and they are there the help you.
PS: Within Artisan 4 or 5, you will be reminded to backup your activation codes. Be sure you point this file to the drive that is being backed up. This is mandatory!