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Old 05-08-2006, 05:30 AM   #1
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By the way, Kathleen, at the bottom of this thread, I saw another of your threads 'OS X & fonts: Grrrrrrr!'. How are you getting on with font management?

I only ask because you (and many others) are somewhat critical of Font Book.
I am actually using FontBook (though not properly, as you are) — I was so fed up with Font Agent Pro’s ailments that I turned it off completely, and have been making do with FontBook.

Its main flaw is it has no auto-activation. I only realize how valuable that is when I need it. No, it is not overwhelmingly awful to pause, go to FontBook, and activate a font, not even if I need to go to my Fonts folder, find it, and install it in FontBook. But then I must remember to turn it off again to avoid having a gigantic font list in every app, something that drives me nuts.

It also seems to get bogged down when it is handling more than a couple hundred fonts. I have thousands, and good old ATM Deluxe was very good at managing them. FontBook seems to have been designed on the premise that a couple hundred should be enough for anybody!

I downloaded the free Linotype font manager, but have not installed it. Now would be a good time, come to think of it, since I just changed to a new boot volume that doesn’t even know about Font Agent or Suitcase!

   
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I downloaded the free Linotype font manager, but have not installed it. Now would be a good time, come to think of it, since I just changed to a new boot volume that doesn’t even know about Font Agent or Suitcase!
While you discuss Mac font managers, many of us are on Windows systems and need some kind of font manager.

http://fontutilities.com/component/option,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/


has a number of different font utilities at modest prices. Any comments?

I have not searched for the free Linotype font manager yet, but free sounds good if it works on Windows XP.
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Old 05-09-2006, 01:17 PM   #3
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I have not searched for the free Linotype font manager yet, but free sounds good if it works on Windows XP.
I discover that the free Linotype FontExporer is just a tool to pick a font according to a variety of criteria. One choice is inexpensive-expensive, but the inexpensive choice never turns out to be less than $22. This is cheap?
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I have not searched for the free Linotype font manager yet, but free sounds good if it works on Windows XP

There isn't one for Windows yet, but I thought one was promised 'soon'. The program for Windows under the same name is just a tarted-up catalogue (and takes up a lot of my hard disk).

   
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I discover that the free Linotype FontExporer is just a tool to pick a font according to a variety of criteria. One choice is inexpensive-expensive, but the inexpensive choice never turns out to be less than $22. This is cheap?
It is also a tool for organizing your fonts that allows you to have some open and available, others not.

For those who set type for a living, $22 is about average.

   
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It is also a tool for organizing your fonts that allows you to have some open and available, others not.

For those who set type for a living, $22 is about average.
Linotype FontExplorer is an organizing tool? I will have to try it again, to see how that is done.

The 20 fonts for $19.99 were the cheap ones. The man with $5 fonts is quite reasonable. $22 per font is not the average, in my experience, it is the low end of the range.
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The program for Windows under the same name is just a tarted-up catalogue (and takes up a lot of my hard disk).
Yes, it is really big, but I have a really, really big hard drive.
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It is also a tool for organizing your fonts that allows you to have some open and available, others not.
Are you sure? Have you looked at the Windows version? I also downloaded it (it is massive) and found that it did nothing for the fonts that were on my system.

I think the Mac version is a real manager, but what I got was a font selector.

(And I agree that $22 is a fair price for a quality font. In fact, I would look closely at the manufacter of any font costing less, for reasons of quality.)
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(And I agree that $22 is a fair price for a quality font. In fact, I would look closely at the manufacter of any font costing less, for reasons of quality.)
Ascender Corporation has a Creativity Pack of 20 fonts for $19.99, and they seem to work just fine for me. This package was suggested right here.
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While you discuss Mac font managers, many of us are on Windows systems and need some kind of font manager.

http://fontutilities.com/component/option,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/


has a number of different font utilities at modest prices. Any comments?
So, any comments on the font utilities? Somehow we got off the track on my initial question.
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