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Best Font Manager Software

  • Attach your font folders, index your fonts and search for fonts. Pick required font by typing its name in the Quick Search box.

  • Library allows you to view it as a hierarchy of logical folders without rearranging folders and files in the font storage.

  • Groups are the logical sets of fonts in the Library which can be activated and deactivated as a whole.

  • Assign keywords, categories, ratings, and captions. Search by tags and by font properties.

FontExpert

Font Manager for OpenType, TrueType, and Adobe PostScript Fonts

  1. CorelDRAW’s font manager makes it easy to organize, search, and manage fonts. CorelDRAW 2020 unveils its fastest, smartest, and most collaborative graphics suite yet. With suites for macOS and Windows, plus CorelDRAW.app, the CorelDRAW 2020 software lineup delivers the power designers need to get from original concept to flawless output in.
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FontExpert Font Manager enables you to preview and manage fonts, create Library, font groups, attach font collections, search for fonts in Library and collections, and examine your system for font errors.

FontExpert Features:

  • View and Preview Fonts
    FontExpert displays the list of all installed typefaces and lets you explore folders and preview uninstalled fonts located on your compact disks or DVDs, local disks, removable disks or network drives. You can preview the font as a paragraph of text or as a detailed character map. It is easy to choose the desired font size, font style or color.
  • Assign Keywords, Ratings and Categories to Fonts
    Assign keywords, categories, ratings and captions in new Tags view.
  • Search in Database
    Search for fonts in the database by keywords, ratings and categories in new DB Search view.
  • Search for Fonts on Local Discs and Network Drives
    FontExpert can search your local disks, remote drives, network folders for fonts, and put all fonts to a special list for your further work.
  • Search for Duplicates and Corrupted Fonts
    FontExpert automatically detects corrupted and incomplete fonts, and allows you to search for and manage duplicate fonts.
  • Manage 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 control 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.
  • Create Font Library
    FontExpert imports fonts and creates font library. You can keep your fonts organized in groups (sets), and activate or deactivate font sets. A group may include either the font file, or a link to a file located in any folder on your computer or network drive. It is easy to add fonts or links by drag-and-dropping from the Windows Explorer to the Groups view.
  • Print Fonts
    FontExpert can print selected fonts. It is easy to print character map, 'water flow' or face name reports for selected fonts, either installed or uninstalled. You can customize and format page headers and footers as desired, for example, by adding the name of your company.
  • View Advanced Font Properties
    The program displays detailed information about the selected font, including type foundry or copyright, TrueType tables, number of kerning pairs in a font, Panose attributes, Windows font metrics and more.
  • Examine your System for Font Errors
    With the help of Detect Font Problems feature, it is easy to find errors in installed fonts and to optimize Windows by resolving typeface conflicts and by removing records about missing fonts.
  • Export Fonts to HTML Web Album
    FontExpert can create HTML Web Album from selected fonts. You can create GIF, JPG, PNG, TIFF, and BMP images of selected font faces. See the sample of HTML page created by FontExpert.
  • Automatic Activation of Missing Fonts
    FontExpert includes Missing Fonts Loader plug-in for Adobe InDesign, and for Adobe Illustrator.
  • Windows Shell Extensions
    The program adds Open, Print and Install Font custom menu commands to Windows Explorer context menu, and adds custom property page that displays detailed attributes of selected .ttf or .otf file. FontExpert 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.

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FontExpert and Photo Manager resources.

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Latest News:

FontExplorer X Pro is a comprehensive font manager with a wealth of features. It can also connect to FontExplorer X Server, which provides shared font management between entire teams, making it a great solution for teams and agencies.

December 27, 2020
New FontExpert 2021 ver. 18.0 Release 2.
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    FontExpert 2021 Version 18.0 Release 2

    Proxima Software has issued new release of FontExpert 2021 version 18.0 (64-bit and 32-bit).>>
  • Dec 12, 2020

    FontExpert 2021 Version 18.0

    Proxima Software has issued new major version FontExpert 2021 version 18.0 (64-bit and 32-bit).>>
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    Missing Fonts Loader Plug-In for Adobe InDesign 2021 16.0 x64

    Proxima Software has issued Missing Fonts Loader plug-in for Adobe InDesign 2021 16.0 x64. >>
  • Feb 24, 2020

    FontExpert 2020 Version 17.0

    Proxima Software has issued new major version FontExpert 2020 version 17.0 (64-bit and 32-bit).>>
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    Missing Fonts Loader Plug-In for Adobe Illustrator 2020 24.0 (64-bit)

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  • FontExpert 2021 Font Manager

    Version 18.0 Release 2
    Full Functional 30-day Trial Version, 14.7 Mb:

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System Requirements:

Operating systems (32-bit and 64-bit):
Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista. Windows XP is supported by previous version of FontExpert.

Links:

Preview Fonts
Manage Fonts
Print Fonts
Supported Fonts
Plug-Ins
Tutorials
Release Notes
Typography Terms
Update Multiple Licenses

Testimonials:

”I must say that you have the best font program that I have ever used. I have been an art director and a graphic designer for over 40 years and I've run into a lot of them but none that had not only the ease of use, but also the complete coverage that yours has. It is a wonderful font program and I'm sure that many more out there agree with me.”

Annie Wilkin, art director and graphic designer

”I just wanted to let you all know how deeply satisfied I am with your product. I have been using FontExpert for almost 2 years now and it is the best font manager program I have ever seen or used. As a graphic designer this program is invaluable and I have recommended it to many of my friends and fellow designers. Keep up the good work!”

Doug Cloud, designer

”Hi, it's not my habit to send this type of message, but this is an exception because your program also does it. I'm a web font collector, and a foreigner languages student (without presumption, I write in Japanese, French, Romanian, and Spanish, my native language), and sometimes the fonts I want to use have not all the characters I need, so I have searched for a font viewer program by too much time, and the best I found among all of them (maybe 30 or 40) is FontExpert. I want to tell you 'Congratulations!' because there is no a program more complete. Show the fonts by language, show the Unicode characters, browse in others folders, customize the text sample are just a few options that we can find in many others programs, but never gathered together. When I want to search a special character in a 'dingbats' font, it's very easy. All the other options as color and size change are very useful. Besides, the appearance of the program is really cool. I could gamble my soul to defend that FontExpert is, and will be the best font manager and viewer that ever existed.”

Edgar Chimal, student

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What does a day in the life of a graphic designer look like? Wince at the sight of poor fonts. Go to a website and close it immediately because you hate the colors. Try to persuade your manager you need both Photoshop and Lightroom. Yeah, we know the pain.

Unfortunately, we can’t talk to your boss about the Adobe subscription. What we can do is to ensure you have the right fonts — always close at hand.

Best font managers for macOS

Find the perfect font organizer and viewer for your Mac

Font or typeface, what’s the difference?

A few boring definitions to start with. Pinky promise, we’re gonna be finished with that in a sec.

In graphic design, the notions of font and typeface are often used interchangeably. They are not the same, though. Coming from the age of the printing press, fonts were used as the variations of a typeface family — differing in weight, size, etc. So basically, a font is a set of characteristics that define a style of a typeface.

On a Mac, you have fonts each of which is an individual style with distinctive width and weight properties — even though they might belong to the same typeface. For instance, if you say Verdana, you mean a family of fonts which includes Verdana Regular, Verdana Italic, and more.

How to manage fonts on Mac

Apple knows a designer’s pain points as well. So it created Font Book, a free font manager that allows to install and remove fonts on your Mac. The program is very basic, but works for a beginner as well as non-designers who need fonts variety.

Enable and disable fonts

You can’t actually delete fonts, but you can make sure you don’t see the unneeded ones in your collection. Font Book comes with font families, so you can decide whether you want to disable the whole family or a particular font:

  1. Select a font family or click on the arrow next to it to open the list of fonts.
  2. Go to Edit in the menu bar and select Disable.
  3. Choose Disable All to get rid of the full collection.

You can also download a new font from the Internet and use it with Font Book (the supported extensions are otf, .ttf, and .ttc). Once you unpack a zip with a new font, select the file with a corresponding extension to open preview, and click Install Font. This will get the font right into your Font Book.

Bring fonts into libraries and collections

Font Book has four default libraries: All, English, User, and Computer. The last two are stored in the Library folder. User fonts are available to the admin only, and Computer fonts — to anyone accessing a Mac.

If these are not enough, you can create your custom libraries of fonts:

  1. Go to the File menu and select New Library.
  2. Give the library a name and click Enter to save.
  3. Drag the selected fonts from All Fonts to your custom library.

You can also customize libraries by creating collections inside them. These will point to specific installed fonts across your libraries. To add new collections, select File > New Collection. Once you’ve saved it, drag fonts to the collection the same way you’ve done with libraries. Alternatively, click the plus button in the bottom left corner to add fonts.

Note that you don’t remove a font from its original collection when you drag it somewhere else. So you’ll still need to disable it if you don’t want to have duplicates across collections.

Why do you need a Mac font manager?

Fonts and colors define content. That’s something most graphic designers will tell you, and that’s the way our visual perception works. Even if you think you know nothing about design, try to change fonts in your Instagram stories. They will look totally different — some of them appearing to suit well, the others being completely out of place.

If you do graphic design for a living, you probably have dozens of fonts that work for specific types of design. Plus, you can choose a typeface that is trendy and gives your content a modern look without damaging the clarity of text. To keep up the good work, you have to keep exploring.

For instance, Creative Boom — an online magazine for artists and content creators — names Euklid and GT Haptik the top fonts of 2019. If you look at the same list the magazine released in 2018, you’ll find neither of these in it. So if you follow the trends, you’ll need to keep your fonts collection up to date.

Font management software helps designers organize fonts, easily view the selected ones, rename or delete the fonts that are no longer needed. Saves time and keeps your work professional.

If you’re here to choose the best tool for macOS, here’s how you narrow down your search:

Font manager features you’re looking for

  • Compelling UI: It’s quite a challenge to find a tool that combines a font checker, organizer, and installer. It’s even harder to find the one that looks well on your screen and never distracts you from the job. When it comes to a design workflow, UI will mean everything. So we recommend to pay attention to the tools that adjust to your design software — ideally, allow to navigate across fonts via a handy sidebar.
  • Filtering and collections. Why else would you land here. The app you choose should know how to organize fonts on Mac. The more flexible it goes in terms of collections, libraries, and preview options — the better.
  • Customization: The main reason you should go for a Font Book alternative is it’s not customizable enough. With Apple’s in-built font organizer, you won’t be able to preview fonts in different sizes. What’s more, your font preview will always open in a new window. The advanced font apps will let you see how a font looks on your particular project — instantly.

Best font management software for Mac

Font organization is only useful to a degree you feel comfortable using it. This is why Font Book is not enough — with very little customization assets in it. We’ve compiled a list of top three apps that you can add to your macOS and start saving time on font selection.

Typeface

Remember we’ve talked about how it’s hard to find an all-in-one font organizer? Well, it’s where Typeface makes an ideal example. Unlike the clumsy Font Book and the overcomplicated RightFont, Typeface works as a designer’s personal assistant — whatever the proficiency level.

Here’s what you can do with the Typeface font manager:

  1. Control your fonts

    A user decides how the fonts should be displayed on a Mac’s screen. From preview samples to font size and blurring effects, you can completely customize your Typeface journey. The best thing is you can actually create instant mockups that show you how a particular font will look on a project.

  2. Hundreds or thousands, you’ll keep all the right fonts at hand

    Search is the best part of the app. To find a font you need, browse through the categories on the sidebar, or type in the name in the upper right corner. The fonts are grouped by families, so it’s easier to navigate between different typefaces.

    You can take a closer look at each font by clicking on it. Not only will you see the sample text, every font page also covers the detailed metadata and all the letterforms. If you switch to the Info tab, you’ll also see the list of supported languages as well as tags for this particular font.

  3. Curation functionality

    Let’s make one thing clear. You need personalized collections if you work with different fonts. Typeface doesn’t only record your collections, it also allows share particular sets of fonts with the whole team in a click. As you browse through available fonts, you can save them to a quick collection on the spot and organize them into collections later. All you have to do is grab a font and drag it onto the quick collection button in the upper left corner.

Who’s it for?

Everyone. Whether you are a professional graphic designer with your personal base of fonts, or you can’t tell the difference between a font and typeface, this app is for you.

Why yes

  • Focus on all proficiency levels
  • Customizable font collections
  • A quick collection feature
  • Available with Setapp subscription

Why no

  • Works on macOS only

What’s the price?

  • $19.99 if you purchase the app on the Mac App Store or official website
  • Free with Setapp. You only pay for a fixed monthly subscription, which gives you access to all-in-one pack of 170 best apps for macOS
  • Free trial available

RightFont

RightFont is an advanced solution on how to organize fonts. The app works on Mac, Windows, and Linux — so it’s handy if you design for different operating systems. Plus, RightFont works with all major design software like Sketch, Adobe CC, Illustrator, and more.

The app embraces many roles you can benefit from:

  • Font management: Create curated collections of fonts, based on your project specifications.
  • Font Syncing: Share your fonts with colleagues via iCloud or Dropbox.
  • Cloud fonts: Easily install and use Google or Adobe fonts.
  • Font auto activation: Solve the problem with missing fonts through instant auto activation. So that whenever you open a program that has missing fonts, you can bulk install them.

Best Font Manager Software Pc

Who’s it for?

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Professional graphic designers. Even better — teams of designers working on shared projects. The volume licence will cost you less if you use the app on multiple devices. The maximum number of seats you can get is 50 ($40 per device versus the regular price of $45).

Why yes

  • Auto-activation of fonts
  • Grid view for easy comparison of two fonts
  • Sharing font collections via Dropbox and other cloud services

Why no

  • Steep learning curve

What’s the price?

$49.99 per single license on the official website

Starting $45 per device with a volume license (2+ devices)

FontBase

You can get the feel of your fonts with FontBase — free of charge. The only font manager that offers a free plan, this app does a good job if you’re interested in the features like font upload, Google fonts management, and simple UI.

Add the new fonts by dragging them to a specific folder. You can also create and customize your own collections of fonts. In the preview, you’ll be able to switch between styles, glyphs, and waterfall.

The main disadvantage is the preview section. It’s pretty basic and doesn’t allow simple customization. For instance, you’ll have to get a paid plan to have access to grid view.

Who’s it for?

The app is uncomplicated and can be used by beginners. For everyday use, designers will lack flexibility in terms of previews as well as won’t be able to auto activate fonts with a free plan. So we recommend to get FontBase Awesome — a paid subscription plan — if you need an advanced solution.

Software

Why yes

  • Simple UI
  • Advanced glyphs and views with the paid plan
  • Google fonts support

Why no

  • Doesn’t make much use without upgrading to a pro plan

What’s the price?

FontBase is the only free font manager on the list. Well, kind of. You get a set of basic features like font collections, search, Google fonts installation, and more. However, to get access to the extended functionality — auto activation, super search, and multiple views — you have to upgrade to FontBase Awesome, which is a $3 monthly subscription.

So here’s the verdict:

If you know graphic design backwards and forwards, get RightFont. It’s gonna be expensive, but will pay off in the long run.

FontBase is your choice if you’re just starting — once you learn the ropes, you can upgrade to the pro plan and expand the toolkit.

Lastly, Typeface is as close to a universal font manager as you can imagine. It has functionality perks for pros and is easy to master for complete beginners. If you buy Typeface via Setapp, you also get a full pack of additional design apps. Like IconJar for quick icon management. Aquarelo to refine and convert your colors. And Goldie App to instantly visualize golden ratio on a Mac.

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