When working with text in a design, a common activity is testing different fonts to see which looks best. This was a very simple in CS3 with its Text Editor dialog:
Every time you hit the down arrow, the text would update in-place, making it a cinch to find just the right font.
When CS4 was in beta, this functionality seemed to be lost. I brought it up in the beta forums but never received a reply. Now with CS5, I was hoping this rapid previewing would be possible, but I'm just not seeing it.
Can this rapid testing of fonts be done in CS5 or am I stuck with CS3 forever?
You still can, sort of. You can use your arrow key to scroll down the Font Family drop down list uin the Property inspector, and press enter to apply a new font choice to your text. You will need to reopen the list again when you want to change it, however.
You're right, but as you point out, it doesn't change the font "on the fly" like CS3 could. It's really disappointing and I won't be able to upgrade until this functionality is possible again.
Hopefully Adobe or someone else produces an extension so we can be productive again.
Just a follow up, CS6 is now out and this functionality still is missing. If the text style changed when you hit the down arrow, or even if it didn't change focus from the dropdown to the text when you hit Enter, it wouldn't be an issue.
This is basically a make or break core functionality. Makes me sick to think that I am expected to shell out $2,000 every year and a half just so that I can relearn a downgraded version of a piece of software I already knew...
Finally, after years of missing this functionality I've found a FW developer in Japan who created an extension to address this very issue: http://www.pixelimage.jp/blog/2010/04/_pi_fontlistfwflpsai.html
I may actually upgrade now that this basic functionality is available again after Adobe removed it.
Paevo Kelley wrote:
Makes me sick to think that I am expected to shell out $2,000 every year and a half just so that I can relearn a downgraded version of a piece of software I already knew...
I feel the same way. There are so many things I like about how FW CS3 works that have been taken away or replaced with inferior alternatives in later versions that it makes me angry. I fully understand the developers want to standardize the product line and make them integrate better, but if usability suffers then it's counter-productive.
I skipped CS4 because it was too crashy. I tried CS5 and unintalled it after just a few days, finding it largely unusable. I don't think CS6 is any better on that front. I LOATHE this tabbed interface.
I continue to write bug reports on CS6 about lost functionality, even though I know I'm talking to a brick wall. :-(