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25 Font Management Tools Reviewed

If you are one of those people who work with fonts on regular basis, then choosing, comparing and analyzing fonts is a serious business for you. Font management is not always as easy as a walk on the cake. Font management issues like installing and uninstalling fonts, handling missing fonts, taking care of font conflicts always keep graphic designers and typographers on their toes.

Also hundreds or thousands of fonts activated on the system can use up considerable amount of system resources which in turn reduces efficiency and productivity. Mac, Windows and Linux platforms have their own font management utilities, but these utilities are not sufficient in a specialized or professional environment. This is where professional font management tools come to the rescue.

Below we have reviewed 25 free/commercial font managers for Mac, Windows and Linux. Which one do you use and why? Your favourite tool is missing? Let us know in the comments!

Suitcase (Win) / Suitcase Fusion (Mac) Link

Suitcase Fusion

Suitcase Fusion (Mac) and Suitcase1 (Win) are powerful, quick and clever font managers which have a simple and an intuitive user interface.

While previous versions of Suitcase created a database of information about your fonts, the fonts remained in their original location. You still have this option in Suitcase Fusion but also have the option to collect your fonts in a structured and secure repository called the Font Vault. The Font Vault gives users much more control over their fonts, eliminating unnecessary font conflicts, duplicate font issues and providing easy access to your own library.

Suitcase ensures you have the exact version of the font you need and prevents potential font wrecks (due to missing or substituted fonts. It also keeps fonts in one, secure location – easy to find and back-up. It also offers auto-activation: only the fonts you need are activated when you open a document and deactivated when you close.

With both Suitcase Fusion and Suitcase for Windows you get FontDoctor. FontDoctor is a professional software tool that takes the work out of locating, diagnosing and repairing the most common font problems, so you can stay focused on the task at hand. Suitcase Fusion price starts at $99.95. Suitcase Fusion is for Mac and PC.

Main features:

  • Easy-To-Use interface
  • Organization with font sets
  • Font previews
  • Font Sense, the most advanced font matching technology available, that allows for a deep level of font analysis when identifying fonts for auto-activation using multiple criteria—font type, foundry, version, etc.
  • Keeping font library secure and organized
  • Font auto-activation
  • Windows Vista compatible
  • Powerful font diagnosis and repair
  • Font Doctor (free with purchase)

Linotype FontExplorer X (Win / Mac, free) Link

Linotype FontExplorer X2

What makes Linotype FontExplorer X3 really different, is the integration of an online store which lets you browse through fonts you are considering for purchasing. Hence, you can examine and compare fonts inside FontExplorer X’s online store as if they were installed on your system. The tool combines font management, font sorting, font shopping and font discovery in one user-friendly interface.

You can organize your fonts using a library, folders, tags and smart sets. That makes it easy to find all typefaces from a certain foundry, all italics or all fonts tagged with a certain keyword.

Auto-activation enables you to you decide which applications may request fonts, and which may not. Plugins for popular DTP apps like Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and Quark XPress are available as well. You can examine the complete character set, inform yourself about the legal stuff or just see a few sample paragraphs to know what a font looks like in real-life context.

Finally, you can enable/disable fonts, clear font caches, have a typeface family view, export font information as image/zip/disk image, missing font handling, document font scanner and Growl support. Supported languages are currently English and German. Linotype FontExplorer X is free. The is released as Beta (currently not available for download), the Mac-version4 is stable.

Main features:

  • Powerful font management
  • Built-in online store
  • Auto-activation
  • System integration (Spotlight support)
  • Missing font handling (system-wide auto-activation of fonts)
  • Conflict Handling
  • Document font scanner
  • Growl support

MasterJuggler (Mac) Link

MasterJuggler5

A distinctive feature of MasterJuggler6 is its ability to store fonts anywhere and share them over a network. Hence, you can store your fonts in any folder on any drive and access them from removable media.

With MasterJuggler you can organize fonts in custom sets to work with the fonts you need for your current tasks. You can also preview multiple fonts and sizes with full Unicode support and view a font’s entire Unicode glyph map to find the exact glyph you want. It is possible to create your own sample strings for display. You can customize the MasterJuggler toolbar to include the commands you use most often. The pricing starts at $89.95.

Main features:

  • Drag’n’drop support
  • Support of PostScript, TrueType, OpenType and bitmap fonts
  • Font management via drag’n’drop
  • You can store and access fonts anywhere
  • Organize fonts in custom sets
  • Activate fonts either temporarily or permanently
  • Preview multiple fonts and sizes with full Unicode support
  • Glyph maps
  • Examine fonts for corruption with the integrated Font Guardian
  • Automate your workflow with AppleScript support

Font Safari (Mac) Link

fontsafari

Font Safari includes support for multiple language keyboard shortcuts and string encodings. You can view all of the characters in the font and simulate the font in alternative encodings such as Mac Roman, Windows ANSI, Unicode and other common text encodings.

You also can get keyboard shortcut information about all the characters of a specified font, view single characters or the whole glyph table. The pricing starts at $15.00. A trial version is available as well. If you are looking for a simple font previewing and testing tool without overwhelming advanced features, this tool is one of the first to be considered.

FontCard (Mac) Link

FontCard

Font Card is a haxie that modifies the Font menu and the font panel in Carbon and Cocoa applications. It can add an icon that displays the format of a font next to the font menu item or font panel list, display the font name in the font face, group fonts into submenus, and add third party font collections to the font menu and font panel.

You can view third party font collections (Insider Software’s FontAgent Pro, LinoType’s FontExplorer X, and Extensis’ Suitcase Fusion). The pricing starts at US $17.00. A trial-version is available.

Main features:

  • View third party font collections
  • View the Font Panel with each font displayed using its own typeface (WYSIWYG Font Menu)
  • Reveal the font in the Finder from the menu
  • View font collections in the Font menu
  • View previews of inactive fonts contained in third party font sets directly from the font menu
  • Mark and reveal duplicate fonts;
  • Easy to configure as it comes in usual Preference Pane form, accessible through System Preferences.

Font Pilot (Mac) Link

Font Pilot7

Font Pilot8 allows you to browse an entire folder of fonts that are not installed with a compact visual preview. While viewing the slideshow, you can simply click on the install button at any time to have that font permanently installed and activated.

You can view and print a character map, view fonts by file or family, reveal fonts in the Finder, use Mac & PC key combos to produce characters and view invisible fonts. The pricing starts at $15.95.

FontAgent Pro 4 (Mac) Link

fontagentpro9

FontAgent Pro10 is supposed to be the world’s smartest font manager. Its Smart Activation function integrating in documents and determines precisely the fonts you need. The built-in MagicMatch agent ranks the fonts you may want to use in the future and suggests alternatives.

All fonts are categorized automatically, so you can view and search fonts by category or create custom classes to search later. Finally, you can also use multiple criteria to filter the fonts you need: search by name, format, foundry, type, weight, proportion and angle is possible. It is also possible to automate your tasks and workflow with AppleScripts.

What is really interesting is FontAgent’s ability to create separate font sets for projects and clients and store these fonts in separate libraries from your main fonts directory. The pricing starts at $ 99.95.

Main features:

  • View fonts in Player, Compare, Waterfall and Data views
  • Activate and deactivate fonts automatically or manually
  • Share font specimens and sample books
  • Create nested sets for projects and clients
  • Store client fonts in separate libraries from your fonts

Fontcase (Mac) Link

Fontcase

A yet to come Font Manager, looks exciting and enticing. The tool lets you create smart collections for your fonts and share your library using Bonjour. It also lets you view the full Udenicode table for each font in your library and view the html entities for all glyphs.

You will have the power to view both installed and non-installed fonts by icons, lists or Preview lists. You can also tag your fonts and quickly filter or search your library to find exactly the fonts you are looking for. Currently you can only subscribe to a newsletter. Price: unknown.

Main features:

  • Unicode glyph table
  • Smart collections using Bonjour
  • Tagging and filtering fonts is easy
  • Preview of both installed and non-installed fonts

Typograf (Win) Link

Typograf11

Typograf12 is one of the most detailed font managers out there. It displays all OpenType, TrueType, Type 1 fonts as well as printer fonts and raster or bitmap fonts on hard drives, DVD, CD, opticals, floppies or specific folders – including all subfolders.

The tool can display a variety of font properties such as typeface classification by PANOSE system, IBM Font Classes or the Windows internal metric structure and kerning pairs. You can find related fonts based on typeface classifications and compare various fonts using tables that show major font features, file data, character width, number of kerning pairs. It makes Typography a useful tool for typographers.

It also, of course, includes the standard font file management functions. The pricing starts at $35. A trial-version is available.

Main features:

  • View and preview fonts (OpenType, TrueType, Type1, Printer fonts, Raster or bitmap fonts)
  • Displays all font properties
  • Advanced tool for comparing fonts
  • Print fonts and specimens
  • Font management
  • Manage fonts in database and font groups
  • TrueType and Type 1 References, Typeface classifications

FontExpert 2007 (Win) Link

FontExpert 200713

Apart from a usual suite of font management features, FontExpert 200714 offers you the ability to assign keywords, categories, ratings and captions in the tags view, print fonts, search for duplicates and corrupted fonts as well as examine your system for font errors. You can also export fonts to HTML () and add Open, Print and Install font custom menu commands to Windows Explorer context menu.

FontExpert can create face sample images having custom width, height, color and file format (BMP, GIF, JPEG, TIFF, PNG). It can manage and print PostScript, TrueType, OpenType and raster fonts.

It is easy to manage any typefaces that are shown in any view of the program. You can sort, filter, preview fonts, copy, move, delete font files, activate or deactivate fonts, add or link fonts to font groups (sets). The program can work with fonts located in the Windows Fonts and Psfonts folder (used by Adobe Type Manager), so you do not need to remove fonts from standard folders as some font managers require. The pricing starts at US $59.00. A trial-version is available for free download.

Main features:

  • View and preview fonts (installed or stored on local drives)
  • Assign tags, ratings and categories to fonts
  • Search for duplicates and corrupted fonts
  • Organize fonts in groups (sets)
  • Activate and deactivate groups of fonts with one click
  • Print character maps of selected fonts; you can generate templates with page headers and footers manually
  • Examine your system for font errors
  • Export to HTML
  • Automatic activation of missing fonts (includes Missing Fonts Loader plug-in for Adobe InDesign CS2 and Adobe InDesign CS3)
  • Windows Shell Extensions (adds font management capabilities to the shell so it is easy to activate or print any font in a folder you browse in Windows Explorer)

Advanced Font Viewer (Win) Link

Advanced Font Viewer15

If you are choosing a font for printed materials, you can use Advanced Font Viewer16 to print out the list and make your choice according to the real conditions of font usage. Designers who want to accurately compare patterns of several fonts that look similar, may create collection of fonts. An interesting feature of the tool is its ability to let users view previously uninstalled fonts and to install them.

You can also print list with type specimens, remove fonts duplicates and fix registry fonts problems. The export to HTML is possible as well and you can also print out list of uninstalled fonts. The pricing starts at $49.95. A trial-version is available.

Opcion (Win / Mac / Solaris / Linux, free) Link

Opcion17

Opcion Font Viewer18 is a free open source font viewer written in Java. You can view installed and uninstalled fonts, mark fonts as favourite and preview fonts with a customizable sample/display text. Opcion is a very basic and simple font management tool. Its main advantage lies in the fact that it will work on all platforms. Hence, in case you need to look a font up, it may be the optimal quick’n’dirty solution.

The tool provides a default view that allows you to view one font at a time, and a list view which allows you to view multiple fonts at a time. The favourites list can then be saved for future reference or used in finding out the file names of fonts you wish to install. Opcion Font Viewer requires Java 1.4.0+ to run.

Font Frenzy (Win, free) Link

Font Frenzy19

The special FrenzySnap20 function enables you to establish “restore points” and re-install the fonts that were in your system on a specific date. The “DeFrenzy”-function removes all fonts except those originally shipped with Windows XP or Vista, or to a previous snapshot. You can specify a folder where all removed fonts will be stored. FontFrenzy is fully-functional freeware – with the nag screen easily removed after a quick registration.

Main features:

  • Save a snapshot of your fonts folder that you can use as a restore point
  • Re-install fonts quickly and easily from a previous snapshot
  • View your font list at any point-size using a customizable test phrase
  • View a sample of each font in a pop-up window including every upper- and lower-case character and numbers
  • User-friendly font manager allows you to add new fonts, delete, or unload and store selected fonts
  • View all fonts from a specified folder.

Font Xplorer (Win, free) Link

Font Xplorer21

Font Xplorer22 has the ability to browse both installed and not installed fonts from the local disk. Some other prominent features include renaming font files to use a font’s full name with undo support (i.e. arialbi.ttf to Arial Bold Italic.ttf). A resizable character map that shows all a font’s scripts and allows you to zoom in on any character. You can even copy a symbol to the clipboard as a vector image or rich text. You can also filter fonts by character set so you only see symbol fonts.

Font Xplorer does not support Adobe Type 1 fonts and OpenType fonts with PostScript outlines. It works with TrueType and OpenType fonts that have TrueType outlines. The application is freeware.

Main features:

  • Browse both installed and not installed TrueType fonts from disk
  • Print pre-designed, professional sample sheets and font listings
  • Filter fonts by character set
  • Integrated Repair Wizard solves most common problems with fonts
  • Extensive support for calling external programs. Plus support for different variables in callable command lines

MainType (Win) Link

MainType23

MainType24 is an universal font management tool for both novice users and advanced graphic designers and typographers. In order to find the right fonts for your needs, the software includes filter and sort functionality. The main information about the font, such as its properties, supported characters, font type etc. are displayed in a font information pane. A groups pane helps you quickly organize all your fonts.

MainType is a drag’n’drop font manager that offers a straightforward and easy-to-use interface to help you find, preview, organize, install and print your fonts. The tool works with TrueType, OpenType, TrueType Collections, Postscript Type 1, vector and raster fonts.

It also allows you to generate an HTML-based overview of any of your fonts, print reports and export the font information. The latest release includes the ability to type a preview text into the Font drop-down list, a character zoom popup window and more predefined font variables. The price starts at $49.00. Trial-versions are available for free download.

Main features:

  • Install, uninstall, load and unload fonts
  • Preview and browse fonts on any drive or directory without installation
  • Full Unicode support
  • Character grid with Unicode block navigation
  • Print and print preview your fonts
  • Support all popular font formats and more: TrueType, OpenType, TrueType Collections, Postscript Type 1, Vector and Raster fonts
  • Drag and drop support
  • Font export wizard generates a HTML-based overview of all your fonts

The Font Thing (Win, free) Link

The Font Thing

The Font Thing is a legacy, a still very popular freeware program for managing TrueType fonts in Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0. You can browse installed and uninstalled TrueType fonts, viewing sample text, individual characters, and detailed font information.

Easy font-management functions let you install, uninstall, print, copy, or delete any number of fonts at once. You can also store your own notes with them, filter them according to type (serif, sans serif, and so on), and group them into collections for convenience. Users can rename font files to avoid conflicts, and load fonts temporarily for use without installing them.

AMP Font Viewer 3.82 (Win, free) Link

AMP Font Viewer 3.8225

AMP Font Viewer 3.8226 is a simple free font manager, which allows getting a quick overview of both installed and non installed fonts. You can install fonts from a folder into the system or temporarily (until the program is closed). There are also standard options for organizing fonts in categories and managing them.

You can print a list of all or some of the installed fonts with an example of each font. The applicationhas a Scratchpad area for testing the look of any font. You can also group and categorize your favourite fonts. AMP Font Viewer is free and comes in a dual English/Spanish version.

Main features:

  • Support for TrueType, OpenType and Type1 fonts
  • Installation of fonts from a folder (one by one or from a list)
  • Installation of fonts temporally (until the program is closed)
  • Several options for organizing fonts in categories and managing fonts
  • Printing a list of all or some of the installed fonts with examples
  • Scratchpad area for testing the look of any font (installed or from a folder)

Cfontpro (Win, free) Link

Cfontpro

Just as Typograf, provides many details about the attributes of every installed or non-installed font. You can preview fonts from any folder, CD, disk, or network drive and export the proof sheet to HTML or Rich Text Format file (RTF). Using the advanced character map and a character magnifier you can see exactly what any font character looks like. You can also zoom in and out and look at any part against a grid.

Another useful feature of the Cfontpro is the Font Packager which enables you to package any number of fonts into a single file for ease of transport to another computer. The application is free.

Main features:

  • Powerful font engine
  • Printing proof sheets
  • Export to HTML and RTF
  • Enhanced Property Viewer
  • Advanced character map and character magnifier
  • Portable font packager
  • Font management

Worth mentioning Link

(Win / Mac / Linux)
Pigfontviewer is a simple but elegant font viewer that allows you to preview all fonts in your fonts folder. PigFontViewer also features the ability to display your fonts in any custom folder and install into them your fonts folder. A simple font management tool without advanced features.

Pigfontviewer

Font Fitting Room Deluxe27 (Win)
An interesting feature of Font Fitting Room Deluxe is the ClearType Tuning. You can activate this function to switch the system smoothing mode, set ClearType contrast value, or change LCD striping order setting. You can preview the custom sample text with a font list without actually installing them. Unicode Range Character Map allows you to type sample sentence simultaneously containing any locale characters. For example, you can preview English and Korean characters in the same sample string. Price: $49.95.

font fitting room deluxe28

Fontmatrix29 (Linux, free)
Fontmatrix is a general font management tool which is licensed under GPL. Standard features such as previewing fonts, installing and uninstalling them as well etc. are available. Good choice for Linux users.

fontmatrix30

FontHit Font Tools31 (Win, free)
The main advantage of this handy free application is that it supports drag-‘n-drop viewing of fonts within .ZIP files.

(Mac)
A very handy utility if you’ve got too many fonts to remember just what each looks like, and also allows you to print out a catalog of your font collection. You no longer have to install the fonts before you can view and print them. It features basic viewing, font printing, font peek, slide show, FontStream, character view, and font panes.

Font Showcase

Windows Fonts Explorer32 (Win, free)
Windows Fonts Explorer is a very small, very fast and very compact tool for browsing your Windows fonts directory. You can choose your own sample text, and enlarge any character to examine it in detail. Nothing special, yet simple and handy.

Font Wrangler33 (Win)
Font Wrangler will allow you to install and remove TrueType fonts in batches; preview fonts before you install them; browse downloaded font files and view font copyright information. You can also print a ‘contact sheet’ of fonts so you’ll have a paper reference of what each font looks like and change your font names to make them more easily remembered and to resolve typeface name conflicts. Price: $24.99. A trial-version is available.

You may want to check out the following related articles:

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://www.extensis.com/en/products/font_management/product_information.jsp?locale=en_US&id=1055
  2. 2 http://www.linotype.com/2493/fontexplorerx.html
  3. 3 http://www.linotype.com/2493/fontexplorerx.html
  4. 4 http://www.linotype.com/2631/freedownload.html
  5. 5 http://www.alsoft.com/MasterJuggler/index.html
  6. 6 http://www.alsoft.com/MasterJuggler/index.html
  7. 7 http://www.qweas.com/download/graphics/font_tools/font_pilot.htm
  8. 8 http://www.qweas.com/download/graphics/font_tools/font_pilot.htm
  9. 9 http://www.insidersoftware.com/FA_pro4_osx.php
  10. 10 http://www.insidersoftware.com/FA_pro4_osx.php
  11. 11 http://www.neuber.com/typograph/index.html
  12. 12 http://www.neuber.com/typograph/index.html
  13. 13 http://www.proximasoftware.com/fontexpert/index.html
  14. 14 http://www.proximasoftware.com/fontexpert/index.html
  15. 15 http://www.styopkin.com/details_advanced_fonts_viewer.html
  16. 16 http://www.styopkin.com/details_advanced_fonts_viewer.html
  17. 17 http://opcion.sourceforge.net/
  18. 18 http://opcion.sourceforge.net/
  19. 19 http://sdsoftware.org/default.asp?id=7665
  20. 20 http://sdsoftware.org/default.asp?id=7665
  21. 21 http://www.moonsoftware.com/fxplorer.asp
  22. 22 http://www.moonsoftware.com/fxplorer.asp
  23. 23 http://www.high-logic.com/download.html
  24. 24 http://www.high-logic.com/download.html
  25. 25 http://www.ampsoft.net/utilities/FontViewer.php
  26. 26 http://www.ampsoft.net/utilities/FontViewer.php
  27. 27 http://www.qweas.com/download/graphics/font_tools/font_fitting_room_deluxe.htm
  28. 28 http://www.qweas.com/download/graphics/font_tools/font_fitting_room_deluxe.htm
  29. 29 http://www.fontmatrix.net/
  30. 30 http://www.fontmatrix.net/
  31. 31 http://www.download.com/FontHit-Font-Tools/3000-2316_4-10332216.html
  32. 32 http://www.brothersoft.com/windows-fonts-explorer-70371.html
  33. 33 http://www.mindworkshop.com/alchemy/fontrang.html
  34. 34 /2008/08/29/10-weblog-engines-reviewed/
  35. 35 /2008/08/01/15-desktop-blogging-tools-reviewed/
  36. 36 /2008/06/19/css-editors-reviewed/
  37. 37 /2008/05/07/35-useful-source-code-editors-reviewed/
  38. 38 /2008/05/06/25-wysiwyg-editors-reviewed/
  39. 39 /category/toolbox/
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    At a local firm, they are developing a font manager, called TypeDNA, which has a Photoshop CS3 plug-in and a standalone application. I was testing it for about a month, they did a fine job with it.

    TypeDNA

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    I would be carefull with Linotype FontExplorer on Windows. I have the beta myself, and recently it stopped working – it just doesn’t start anymore. When I searched for some information about this problem on the web, I found people complains that FontExplorer deleted their system fonts, when they uninstalled it. On Mac everything is ok, so may it be a warning for Linotype FontExplorer Windows users.

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    if you’re looking for a extremely fast and free tool on Windows to preview (list view) very large collections of uninstalled fonts.(opentype, truetype, type1)
    here is my recommendation (comparable to Font Fitting Room Deluxe but free)
    I’ve tried All win solution presented here.

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    Where’s the Bitstream Font Navigator? It’s old and abandoned but is the best font manager I’ve ever seen.

    Comes with Corel Draw.

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    Don’t forget Universal Type Server from Extensis (the makers of Suitcase). We’re currently testing out the demo on Windows. It’s a server based font management – basically Suitcase for your entire office. It’s got a lot of great features, but one drawback I’m noticing is it’s very slow to add and edit fonts. I’ve emailed the developers asking for help on this issue before we buy it for all of Go Media. I’ll let you know how I feel about it after that.

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    I always love these app comparison posts. The mac software always looks clean and elegant, then the Windows stuff looks so fugly.

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    All the Mac based applications are far, far better! ^^

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    26. Taking 6 hours to manually weed through your fonts folder and chuck the trash fonts.

    I’m not sure why, but after trying several of these utilities I found that it was actually easier just to go through, one by one (of thousands) and review each of them without any utility at all. It might sound a little insane – but seriously, it’s saved me a huge amount of time in the long run – plus it allowed me to actually get familiar with my now slimmed down and efficient quiver of fonts. I tried this on several occasions with a variety of font managers and having to wrestle with the program kept me from ever making any significant progress.

    Like 99% of young designers out there, when I was just starting out, the easy availability of free fonts and other font packages made my font folder fat like a 12 year old gorging himself on Halloween night… One admittedly hard session of hand selection fixed all that; and i’d argue that a lot of these apps won’t actually help you make sense of your font folder until you can get them down to under 500 fonts – and a typographer might drop that number to a mere handful. To each his own, but for me, wrestling with the oddities of the apps kept me from doing any serious management before.

    Anyways, great post nonetheless, I’m always optimistic that I’ll find a font utility that actually does what I want it to without bugs or problems – i’ll try a few of these out :) MakeDesign,NotWar

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    The software is one thing, but the managing is another?
    Maybe interesting stuff for another topic.
    In how many folders do you divide your 500 fonts?
    Any links of people their top 25 with examples?

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    digital intuition

    September 5, 2008 5:57 am

    great post as always! thanks :)

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    Very useful ! I spent hours to find a good manager, now I’ll be able to find it more quickly. Thanx !

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    I can’t wait for Fontcase! :D

    It looks amazing. :)

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    Adrian D'Alimonte

    September 5, 2008 6:17 am

    Thanks so much for the beta link!

    I currently use a combination of TypoGraf and FontNav (from the Corel X suite) for my font organizing.

    I’m liking FontExplorer X more already, hopefully it’s pretty stable despite it being a beta release.

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    Windows font managers look ugly, don’t they?

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    You should take a look at Printer’s Apprentice at http://www.loseyourmind.com I’ve been using it for several years and is great. The current version is 7.*. There is an 8.* version in beta that is even better.

    P.S. I am not affiliated with them. Just a happy user.

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    I’m using windows Linotype FontExplorer X beta. It’s not very fast but it’s in my opinion the best font management software.

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    You really should remove Windows from Linotype FontExplorer, as the Beta isn’t even available and it doesn’t work on Vista (yeah I know my fault for installing that crap anyway).

    I’m really missing Adobe Type Manager, for it’s simplistic, but effective approach. Suitcase is a horrible program, but it’s the only thing vaguely decent for Vista.

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    Wot!

    No mention of Font Book which comes pre-installed on any Mac? It may be simple but that means less to go wrong. After using Suitcase and suffering continual problems I went back to font book and haven’t looked back!

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    I recently deinstalled Suitcase for Windows. From the beginning, I wasn’t amused about the fact that Suitcase is unable to control the WinFont-folder and all system fonts. In order to counteract the weekly resurrection of the Comic on every Windows system you have to fight inside the Windows Explorer (Delete file? File cannot be found nor deleted …). The professional font which are used in the CS products only live inside the vault-universe. If shit happens there, you won’t be able to use this font. Auto-activation doesn’t work.

    So, I reinstalled my good old Adobe Type Manager Deluxe (must by older than me)! It is a real kicker also in the WinFont-Folder! Looking forward to the Linotype thing.

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    i switched from suitcase to LT fontXplorer a while ago. i like the familiar interface (not from font handlers, but from itunes) :)
    i had it installed on a windos machine, but that was sure a mistake. once you allow it to handle all fonts including system fonts, you´re in trouble, as you will see, that windows is confused and doesn´t have any system fonts available except one pixel font abortion.
    result is: either complete new install the OS, or go through the folder and hand pick all system fonts, copy, delete fontXplorer, start save mode, copy system fonts back into original location. no matter which way you go, you´ll have a couple of hours work.

    maybe thats the reason they took it off the download page.

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