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Need to get a Font Manager for OS X - Lion

Apr 20, 2012 12:17 PM

Not sure what the best ones are out there right now. Previously used Suitcase on our G5. Is FontExplorer X the best one out there now? Thanks,

 

OS X 10.7.3

Mac Pro

 
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    Apr 20, 2012 12:23 PM   in reply to TwitchOSX

    Font book , In my opinion

     
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    Apr 20, 2012 3:21 PM   in reply to TwitchOSX

    No font management. All fonts open all the time.

     
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    Apr 20, 2012 3:24 PM   in reply to TwitchOSX

    Suitcase Fusion 4 was just released. 30 day demo available and worth checking out.

     

    Bob

     
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    Apr 20, 2012 4:00 PM   in reply to TwitchOSX

    I have been using FontAgent Pro for years now, and have never had any issues, and it works just great on my Lion machine. I give  it two thumbs up.

     

    Cheers!

    Mikey

     
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    Apr 20, 2012 4:51 PM   in reply to TwitchOSX

    Put "suitcase fusion" into the search box for this forum.

    Happy with the results? I think not.

     

    I moved to Linotype Font Explorer X Pro and have not regretted it. However, I have not moved to Lion.

     
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    Apr 20, 2012 5:36 PM   in reply to TwitchOSX

    While I htink we can agree that Font Book is not real font management software and doesn't fill the need that the other mentioned software packages address, I'm concerned by:

     

     

    TwitchOSX wrote:

     

    Font Book that comes with OSX? I don't think so. I tried using that and it throws up flags at just about every font I try to install into it. Not cool. That is.. on Lion. It actually works pretty well on 10.5 but it's unusable under 10.7

     

    Font Book is a really simple tool that copies fonts into your /Library/Fonts folder and provides a little bit of info about them. If it is "throwing up flags" they are probably real problems. Can you please give us an example, ideally with screenshots and maybe analysis from other tools?

     

    I would strongly suspect there is a problem with your fonts if Font Book complains. Indeed, the concerns I have heard are typically the reverse -- that Font Book is not strict enough!

     
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    Apr 20, 2012 8:46 PM   in reply to TwitchOSX

    TwitchOSX wrote:

     

    Somebody said that Fusion was crud compared to FontExplorer.... but I just wanted to see what everybody was using...

     

    @ Steve: Even if you have multiple hundreds of fonts?

    Yes. Somewhere between 500 and 1000 (I've never bothered counting). Mac OS X handles it very well. The only (slight) disadvantage I've found is that when I open Word, it sometimes takes 10-15 seconds to scan the font list. Otherwise, no problems at all. All the Adobe apps handle it like a champ!

     
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    Apr 21, 2012 7:27 AM   in reply to TwitchOSX

    Hmm... opinions on Font Managers...

     

    Where's Buko when you need him?

     
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    Apr 21, 2012 8:40 AM   in reply to Bo LeBeau

    As I recall, Buko was always a big fan of FAP...

     
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    Apr 21, 2012 2:21 PM   in reply to Bo LeBeau

    Yes, Buko, would talk about how great it was at every possible opportunity. :-)

     
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    Apr 22, 2012 7:32 PM   in reply to TwitchOSX

    Must say its Font Explorer Pro (FEP) for me! (MacPro OSX 10.6.8 Indesign Creative Suite 4, Indesign 5.5)

    When I first started this job they had suitcase and I found that program really limiting. But I also had never used it before and knew very little about it.

     

    FEP has many things that I like about it.

     

    1. Although most people lean away from font auto activation the one that comes with FEP has been working real smooth, a few second delay when opening files while it starts what font is required.

     

    2. Font Preview is amazing, select the fonts you want to compare with a typeface you have and you have transparent view and slide show.

     

    3. Font Groups: Where you can put all fonts for particular jobs into smart sets.

     

    4. Search files and discover which fonts where used inside that file and save that as a font set

     

    5. There is also a server version of the program (we do not have but would like to "anyone from FontExplorer listening donations accepted ")

     

    6. Application Sets: Really handy for auto activating fonts used only in certain programs.

     

    7. Good Conflict control.

     

    The list could possibly go on and on, in other words, love FEP and highly recommend it.

     

    @ Steve

    As I remember it the more fonts you have loaded on a computer the slower or less resources it has to use, I have always been led to believe, keep it slim and fast. I have 1000's of fonts but only around 200 activated at any one time.

     
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    Jan 27, 2013 5:37 AM   in reply to mckayk_777

    +1 on these..

    I agree with all the ups you have cited..been using FEP for 2 years, too, since from CS4 suite to CS6,.and from Microsoft Office 2008 for mac to 2011.,
    Very well said..
    Thanks a lot!

     
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