Make fonts that I don't use optional, redesign the font menu across all CS apps

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Why aren't asian fonts optional and have to occupy the font menu? The font menu itself should be redesigned across all Creative Suite applications, because it is a pain to use, and it has not seen any major change in years. Now it is a huge, unreadable, endlessly scrolling list, that is even longer because it contains fonts many people won't ever use, but can't get rid of them!

I wish it could work like the effects and presets menu in After Effects. I never use the effect menu, I always type in the first letters of the plugin I want to use, double click it, an voilla - it is added to my composition.
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Chris Cox

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Because the Asian fonts are part of your OS, and need to be listed because they are installed.

There are a few billion people using those Asian fonts. Quite likely more than are using Roman or Cyrillic fonts.

And in Photoshop you can type the name of the font (autocomplete) to get to the font you wish.
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"Asian fonts are part of your OS"

FALSE.
I'm always disabling unecessary fonts that come with my OS.
Those fonts I'm mentioning are FROM ADOBE, they are part of the CS, not the OS installation, and they have the name "Adobe" in their font family name...

"There are a few billion people using those Asian fonts. Quite likely more than are using Roman or Cyrillic fonts."

TRUE, but...
does it mean that the roman/cyrillic minority has to use them? Why isn't that optional? That is just a fact, but not a explanation or solution to a problem!

"And in Photoshop you can type the name of the font (autocomplete) to get to the font you wish."

TRUE, but...

still not perfect. Some fonts have single files for each style: medium, heavy, condensed etc. - those styles are not avaiable in the pop up menu on the right side. So for example, if i type "Zurich" to find a specific weight from my Bitstream font collection, only the first font of the family is highlighted, with a cryptic name like ZurichBlkExEu... And this is not the weight that I wanted.

So I would rather see something like the After Effects "Effects & Presets" window, or something similar to OS X spotlight. The AE solution fixes exactly the same problem - it is a fast, handy alternative to choose an item quickly, instead of scrolling through a long list of stuff most of which you don't need at all.

I mean seriously - for people who work with A LOT of fonts - can you, as an Adobe employe, honestly say that you offer an elegant and effective solution in Adobe Photoshop or other CS apps???

Can you point me to some specific innovations in this matter that were introduced in PS or CS in last few years?
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CS does add some fonts, including Asian fonts -- but OSes come with quite a few. You could also disable the CS fonts if they really bother you.

Fonts are optional - if you don't want to use them, you can disable them.

Nobody has a really elegant solution for dealing with fonts - I've looked (because I wanted someone to build a more elegant solution).