DTP


 
Lively discussions on the graphic arts and publishing — in print or on the web


Go Back   Desktop Publishing Forum > General Discussions > Software

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-14-2009, 02:07 AM   #1
Bo Aakerstrom
Member
 
Bo Aakerstrom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Derby,UK
Posts: 1,321
Default Linotype Fontexplorer X

New snazzy web site and no longer free. Oh, and Mac only.
Otherwise it seems like a good application...

Dang! I'm still on the lookout for a font manager since the Windows version decided to quit on me. Presumably it didn't like XP servicepack 2 very much as it stopped working after I installed that.

I'm now on 32-bit Vista and there are issues with Fontexplorer so I am not taking any chances.

Here's the link to the new version.

   
__________________
www.boaakerstrom.com
Behance Portfolio
Bo Aakerstrom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2009, 11:34 AM   #2
tphinney
Member
 
tphinney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 162
Default

At this exact point in time, your best bet for Windows font management is probably the newest FontAgent Pro for Windows.

That being said, there are interesting developments on the horizon, and Windows font management is looking up in general.

Cheers,

T
tphinney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2009, 12:44 PM   #3
iamback
Member
 
iamback's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Amsterdam, NL
Posts: 4,894
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by tphinney View Post
At this exact point in time, your best bet for Windows font management is probably the newest FontAgent Pro for Windows.
I searched for that and ended up here. That blurb lists "font problems" (none of which I have) it can solve, and a lot of other properties, and refers to a mysterious "Font Control Panel" (a beast I have never encountered). What it doesn't do is tell me what it's capable of in areas I am really interested in. Such as:
  • Full Unicode support:
    • Handle fonts whose file names are in Unicode characters
    • View the complete character map, organized by Unicode ranges
    • Be able to show user-defined sample text, including in Unicode characters
    • View all of a font's defined strings (including strings in Unicode characters)
  • Support for fonts with non-western character sets, not encoded as Unicode (many non-Western fonts fall in this category)
  • Full Unicode support
  • Really full Unicode support
  • Unicode support

Oh, and did I mention Unicode support? (And I've probably forgotten a few things.)

I've looked at a lot of Font management (and similar) software for Windows already, but so far none has actually met my requirements (although a few came close).

Quote:
That being said, there are interesting developments on the horizon, and Windows font management is looking up in general.
I really hope those interesting developments involve Unicode support and Unicode support.

   
__________________
Marjolein Katsma
Look through my eyes on Cultural Surfaces (soon!), My ArtFlakes shop and Flickr.
Occasionally I am also connecting online dots... and sometimes you can follow me on Marjolein's Travel Blog
iamback is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2009, 06:29 PM   #4
John Spragens
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 437
Default

And then besides Unicode support, I'd really like to be able to print specimen sheets and character maps. For a really big Unicode font, it would be good to be able to choose logical subsets of the character map to print.

   
__________________

www.enigmaterial.com
John Spragens is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2009, 11:42 PM   #5
iamback
Member
 
iamback's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Amsterdam, NL
Posts: 4,894
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by John Spragens View Post
And then besides Unicode support, I'd really like to be able to print specimen sheets and character maps. For a really big Unicode font, it would be good to be able to choose logical subsets of the character map to print.
See? I knew I was forgetting something!

Thanks.

   
__________________
Marjolein Katsma
Look through my eyes on Cultural Surfaces (soon!), My ArtFlakes shop and Flickr.
Occasionally I am also connecting online dots... and sometimes you can follow me on Marjolein's Travel Blog
iamback is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2009, 08:10 AM   #6
Richard Hunt
Member
 
Richard Hunt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Tadcaster, North Yorkshire
Posts: 168
Default

Like in the screenshot attached?
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	fontmanchartab.gif
Views:	26
Size:	70.8 KB
ID:	1436  
Richard Hunt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2009, 01:17 AM   #7
iamback
Member
 
iamback's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Amsterdam, NL
Posts: 4,894
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Richard Hunt View Post
Like in the screenshot attached?
That's one of the bits, yes. Not enough though. Complete Unicode support consists of much more than showing a character map by Unicode ranges.

   
__________________
Marjolein Katsma
Look through my eyes on Cultural Surfaces (soon!), My ArtFlakes shop and Flickr.
Occasionally I am also connecting online dots... and sometimes you can follow me on Marjolein's Travel Blog
iamback is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2009, 07:42 AM   #8
Michael Rowley
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Ipswich (the one in England)
Posts: 5,105
Default

Marjolein:
Quote:
Originally Posted by iamback View Post
That's one of the bits, yes. Not enough though. Complete Unicode support consists of much more than showing a character map by Unicode ranges.
I don't think that any fo[u]nt manager reveals what Unicode support is potentially in a font; such knowledge is necessary to knowing what can be done with the font, but as the application must understand everything that the font can provide, that knowledge won't be much use. No application recognizes all that a font may provide—even InDesign.

   
__________________
Michael
Michael Rowley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2009, 10:03 AM   #9
iamback
Member
 
iamback's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Amsterdam, NL
Posts: 4,894
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Michael Rowley View Post
Marjolein:
I don't think that any fo[u]nt manager reveals what Unicode support is potentially in a font; such knowledge is necessary to knowing what can be done with the font, but as the application must understand everything that the font can provide, that knowledge won't be much use. No application recognizes all that a font may provide—even InDesign.
Complete Unicode support is not just about what's in a font (glyphs, handling Unicode ranges for glyph display, and strings), it's also about being able to handle font files with names in Unicode, and allowing the user to make their own sample strings containing Unicode characters. (See my list!)

   
__________________
Marjolein Katsma
Look through my eyes on Cultural Surfaces (soon!), My ArtFlakes shop and Flickr.
Occasionally I am also connecting online dots... and sometimes you can follow me on Marjolein's Travel Blog
iamback is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2009, 02:51 PM   #10
Michael Rowley
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Ipswich (the one in England)
Posts: 5,105
Default

Marjolein:
Quote:
it's also about being able to handle font files with names in Unicode
Does Unicode deal with font names? I didn't think so; I haven't come across it in Unicode 4 or 5, but it might be mentioned. CJK names are just like other names in non-Latin (or even non-English), I should have thought.

   
__________________
Michael
Michael Rowley is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
FontExplorer X Pro Michael Rowley Fonts & Typography 4 01-15-2009 08:16 AM
FontExplorer for Windows coming Michael Rowley Fonts & Typography 13 12-08-2007 07:46 AM
FontExplorer 2.1 update (Mac, Win) ktinkel Fonts & Typography 7 07-10-2007 05:57 PM
Linotype Office Alliance Andrew B. Fonts & Typography 11 12-24-2006 02:16 PM
FontExplorer for Windows soon? Michael Rowley Fonts & Typography 0 02-24-2006 11:53 AM


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 05:07 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Contents copyright 2004–2014 Desktop Publishing Forum and its members.