If you’re a typical web designer or developer, chances are you have a large font collection. A large selection of fonts could make searching for the perfect font for your project a daunting task. Akin to the thorn in a haystack scenario.
There are a variety of free programs that can help you locate and categorize your fonts. Preview them and then install or uninstall them after testing. This article will provide 10 free applications that will assist you in managing your font collection.
MyFontbook is a website application that helps you organize your fonts. It allows you to tag fonts by keyword and lets you evaluate them quickly. This helps you locate your preferred fonts. It also has a window that lets you preview fonts to assist you in your font choices.
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You can arrange your fonts with tags and your personal favorites
Metrics provides insight into the line height and letterspacing of the font
The preview of body text lets you view the font in real-time.
The proof sheet makes it easy for you to print font previews
Webapps mean that you can use them with any operating system
Font Book (Mac).
Font Book is pre-installed on Apple computers. It’s a solid tool for font management if your Mac has one. It’s easy to use and has great features for organizing and managing fonts.
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– Sort, install, or remove, or search your font collection on one interface
Sort fonts according to categories (i.e. Modern, Traditional Web, etc.))
– Create specific categories to organize font collections
Standard with Macs No installation required
Fontmatrix is an open-source font management tool that is designed for Linux users; though it has recently been made to work with Windows OS as well. It is a powerful tool for managing fonts for power users and is ideal for developers who are able to use the script console to modify and expand the functionality of the application.
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Tagging feature makes organizing simpler
The script console allows you to modify and expand the functionality of the application.
The interface is simple
– Displays meta-information about a font such as designer, copyright info, etc.
Font Picker (Windows/Mac/Linux/Web Browser)
Font Picker is a free Adobe AIR desktop program that allows you to manage and browse all of your font collections. It’s easy and simple and can be run on any operating system that can run the Adobe AIR framework. It also has an online version that allows you to search your computer for installed fonts.
– Ability to mark fonts and make them your personal favorites
– Disable fonts you don’t like
Simple and simple
sFont is a free Windows software for managing fonts that has a simple interface. Organize your collection of fonts by labeling certain fonts as your favorites. Quickly find TrueType and non-TrueType fonts using the Filter feature. You can examine your fonts in various ways including the ability to alter the colors of the background and foreground.
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– Add fonts to a favorites list
Charmap view provides you with an overview of the characters of a font
– Customize colors so that you can see fonts in different colors
The filter feature allows you to choose between TrueType and non-TrueType fonts
FindThatFont is a simple and free tool that lets you preview and categorize all the fonts that are installed on your system. The application offers 30 categories for categorizing fonts. Extension Manager is an extensibility feature that developers can utilize to customize FindThatFont! It is a great tool.
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– Tag your fonts with one of these categories
– Created using the XUL language just like Firefox and Thunderbird
Extension Manager allows developers to extend and customize the tool.
Fonts++ is designed for Windows PC users who have multiple fonts installed. You can deactivate unused fonts so that you do not see all your fonts when looking at them. You can also install and uninstall fonts using this app instead of using the traditional Windows method you can deactivate or activate fonts to help navigate your collection
– Install/uninstall TrueType fonts quickly
– Very tiny footprint
Cfont Pro (Windows)
Cfont Pro allows you to preview fonts before you install them, which is a useful feature if have an external hard drive or portable device with fonts. You can print proof sheets for a quick review of fonts. The property viewer provides many details about your fonts.
Proof sheets allow you to print out previews of fonts
Property viewer lets you display metadata about fonts
Character Magnifier lets you zoom in and out to examine font characters
Font Xplorer (Windows)
Font Xplorer is a popular free desktop application that helps you manage your collection of fonts. It comes with a filtering feature so that you can hone on specific types of fonts. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support Adobe Type 1, OpenType fonts with PostScript outlines, which may be a problem for some designers.
Browse installed and uninstalled fonts
– Print sheets are employed to print fonts from one of the templates in the apps.
– Comprehensive font information is displayed
— Font Repair Wizard helps you repair font files
AMP Font Viewer (Windows).
AMP Font Viewer is a user-friendly but powerful font management tool for Windows. It supports various font formats such as TrueType, OpenType, and Type1 fonts. It allows you to install multiple fonts as well as remove existing fonts. There are many options for categorizing your font collection, which will aid you in taming your huge font collection.
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