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"The Adobe Type Browser utility enables you to view and print font samples. Adobe Type Browser is available from Adobe's Web site, and on the Adobe Type On Call CD-ROM included with most Adobe products (e.g., Adobe PageMaker, Adobe Illustrator)." [Google] [More] ⦿
Advanced Font Catalog 1.20
Advanced Font Viewer
Alberto Martinez Perez
Alexander G. Styopkin
Alfred M. Jones
Free on-line application by Beyondnorth publishhed in 2008: Alphatype can be used to view your favorite fonts on any computer. Includes an easy access interface for changing font attributes. Alphatype is meant to generating new typographical ideas and will not replace system font viewers. Other on-line applications by them include Alphapixeltype, and Alphagrid. All are useful for type selection and layout. [Google] [More] ⦿
AMP Font Viewer 3.86
A professional utility for previewing your PostScript and TrueType/OpenType fonts and their character mappings along with several other important features. To be used in conjunction with Adobe InDesign, Adobe PageMaker, QuarkXPress, and Adobe Illustrator on PCs. Commercial product from Anchek Multimedia. Free trial download. [Google] [More] ⦿
Freeware font viewer (aka amviewer) for Windows. Can deal with the entire Unicode range. People report to me that this viewer should be avoided at any cost, as viewing truetype fonts becomes impossible once FontViewer is removed. So, please, please, please, do not ever install amviewer. Mike Ady's fix and help page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free Bulgarian Cyrillic font utility by Alex Teut. Now there is also an English version of this font manager with Explorer-style interface: preview, install, uninstall, extract information from fonts. Direct download. Another site. [Google] [More] ⦿
Adobe's font manager: create custom font sets, smooth fonts (anti-aliasing), preview onscreen, create multiple masters, and install fonts. Yummy writes: "Typograf (and just about everything else) requires ATM in order to handle Type 1 fonts. Get rid of the ATM deluxe, download trial copy of Pagemaker from Adobe - it comes with ATM4 Lite. ATMLite+Typograf beats ATM deluxe hands down in every respect of font management. (Plus, you also get database!). If you use Typograf extensively, please support quality software and buy it." [Google] [More] ⦿
From spud your bud: " go to the Adobe site and download the trial version of pagemaker 6.5, atm comes with it and it gets installed when you run the .exe file." Note that Adobe PageMaker can be downloaded here. After installation, just removes PageMaker. The ATM program will stay. [Google] [More] ⦿
Yanone Autopsy is a free FontLab Studio add-on for analyzing design consistency across multiple fonts. It visualizes a selection of letters side by side and puts it into a PDF for visual comparison. It also analyzes and creates graphs with various pieces of information. Useful for people who design a Bold, Regular and Light separately and want to verify the consistency as a family. [Google] [More] ⦿
Bitmap Font Writer
This company sells about 4000 fonts for 30 USD (which appear to be renamed fonts from elsewhere) and has a few free downloads. They sell a BOSS Font Manager (20 USD). Run by Arts&Letters Corporation out of Carrollton, TX. Interestingly, the same fonts, with the same names, are also at Computer Support Corporation. Cover of their specimen book. 39-page type sampler. Download (August 2009). [Google] [More] ⦿
Bitstream sells "btX, a font server for Linux. btX gives Linux the same font presentation as that found on the Macintosh and on Windows. With btX, developers can render hinted, anti-aliased, and kerned characters, producing great looking text on screen. Most importantly, btX renders not only high-quality characters in industry-standard TrueType and Type 1 formats, but also high-quality text in compact PFR (portable font resource, an industry-standard format), T2K, and stroke-based Asian font formats. Bitstream btX supports Unicode encoding and can render international fonts. On the front end, btX uses the X font server protocol for X11 Windows, Release 6 (X11R6), with Bitstream's extensions for character outline access, anti-aliasing, and kerning. On the back end, btX relies on the fastest font engine on the market, Font Fusion." [Google] [More] ⦿
Free download of Character Map Pro v 1.81, a font viewer. Note: Not to be confused with Character Map, which is a part of Windows. On most versions of Windows, look for CHARMAP.EXE in the Windows directory. [Google] [More] ⦿
Chortkeh BDF Font Viewer
Shareware program Type-1 Tools 2.0 by Keith Cowgill: "Type-1 Tools was the first-available-anywhere program designed to convert Macintosh Type-1 PostScript Typefaces to the IBM platform. It also--downloads fonts one-at-a-time or in batches, prints ASCII files on PostScript printers, sends PostScript .PS files to the printer, and helps you control your PostScript printer." [Google] [More] ⦿
Site with many barcode font tools, a barcode font set by Chaos Microsystems, the truetype font utilities CSFontUtility, TTFViewer, the truetype embedding bit modifier embd100e, the FCP2 font editor, and the font matcher (matches a BMP with all truetype fonts in a folder). [Google] [More] ⦿
David De Groot
Site run by Mike Lischke. Unicode20 is his free Delphi-based Windows program with a Unicode Regular Expression search engine and a Unicode Tuned Boyer-Moore search engine. UnicodeView is another free program that shows all true type fonts on a Windows system and allows to browse through all codepoints (characters). [Google] [More] ⦿
A set of utilities by the Dutch Type Library for Mac and PC that allows one to professionally produce and correct fonts. Developed in coordination with URW Hamburg. Includes BezierMaster, ContourMaster, InterpolateMaster, KernMaster, IkarusMaster, TraceMaster and DataMaster. The DTL FontMaster team:
DTM is the GNU-license Definitive Type Manager being developed for all Linux subsystems (e.g., Ghostscript, enscript, X11, Gnome, TeX) by Federico Di Gregorio. Written in perl. Latest version: 0.4.99.3. [Google] [More] ⦿
At Woody's VBA Power Tools: "the Enhanced Font List provides you with a complete list of all installed fonts and displays them as they will look in your document." Free software for Word, Excel or Powerpoint. [Google] [More] ⦿
Suitcase 9 for Mac and Windows. A commercial product that permits font organization, the creation of font "books", and font previewing. "Suitcase for Windows is being used by a wide range of customers today. Corporate customers are using Suitcase to manage the fonts they have set up as corporate standards. Windows based designers are using Suitcase to manage their massive font libraries and preview fonts before they use them. Prepress customers use Suitcase to activate just the fonts they need for a particular job." [Google] [More] ⦿
FAIRY is Borware's commercial server based font embedding service for Web documents. For Windows, Linux and soon also X/UNIX. Borware is Michael Jansson's company located in Bromma, Sweden. It is now called em2. [Google] [More] ⦿
Fast Font Set 1.01
FastFontPreview is Lanmisoft's freeware font manager for Windows. It contains only basic functions for font management, such as preview both uninstalled or installed fonts by folder from drives, CD's or DVD's, and font installation. [Google] [More] ⦿
FindThatFont! is a handy and free tool that allows to preview fonts that are installed on your system and to classify them into over 30 different categories. By Dutchman Mathijs Juressip. [Google] [More] ⦿
Peter Kleiweg's free utility, which creates a set of HTML pages, each showing samples of twenty fonts -- Type1, TrueType, and others that are available to Ghostscript. You can quickly browse your fonts using a HTML browser, and click a sample to view that font's complete character set. A separate script is available that lists detailed info about a particular font. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ramiro Espinoza writes this: "Lately I've been needing to check a lot of versions of a recently made type family. I used for that Contour Master by DTL and was very accurate and fast. The program checks in batch process all the fonts at the same time and gives a report in detail of all the possible problems for every character. Far better than the messy Font Audit in which you have to go letter by letter, point by point cheking what is happening. With Contour Master you can read the reports and to know very fast if they are serious overlapping or just a bezier not very well adjusted. I less than half an hour I had all the serious mistakes solved." [Google] [More] ⦿
Font Compare is a handy little utility that allows one to compare three true-type fonts at a time and to easily see whether a font contains all the numbers and punctuation, as well as the international characters needed for writing French. Free Windows utility by Lav Plourde. Direct download. [Google] [More] ⦿
Mac and Windows commercial software for font problem diagnosis, repair, and organization. It can be used to convert between type 1, OpenType and truetype. Morrison SoftDesign is located in Charlotte, NC. [Google] [More] ⦿
From Sunshine Software in Jenison, MI: Font ExplorerTM allows you to browse all your font files with an Explorer like interface. You get advanced font file details usually hidden from the user, plus you can preview character strings and character maps of any True Type font. Font ExplorerTM is a very powerful new tool now included with FontFinder 32. [Google] [More] ⦿
Font Explorer is a program which allows you to view a list of all your fonts, seperate them into lists of true type and system fonts, and print samples and lists of the fonts in different ways. Free software by Mark Carrington. [Google] [More] ⦿
Font Explorer 1.5 beta
Font Explorer is a freeware 32-bit font manager for Windows 95/98/NT. Version 1.5 is a complete rewrite, with a completely new interface. By UBC's Arash Ramin. His outfit is called Digitalroom.net. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free Windows font utility for truetype and type 1: "Font Impressions is a comprehensive font utility that is a combination font manager and font viewer." Alternate site. Link went dead. [Google] [More] ⦿
Windows font manager (TrueType and Type 1) that is now available for a free 30-day trial download. It comes free with Corel Draw 12 (even the trial version of Corel Draw 12). Hrant H. Papazian writes: "I just started using Bitstream's FontNavigator (Windows only), and it's a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Sure, it has great font management (grouping) abilities, but just the viewer alone is worth it." A correspondent writes: "This is the best program I've ever tried, and I recommend it with all my heart. Supports AFM, TTF, OTF, etc. It's the best!" [Google] [More] ⦿
From PloyVision: A freeware Windows 32-bit application by PolyVision Software which allows you to preview fonts in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe PageMaker or any other Win32 program before selecting them. [Google] [More] ⦿
"This program adds new features to the Properties box of TrueType fonts. It adds, among other things, context sensitive help and descriptions. It also adds a link to the typographer's home page." Alternate URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free utility for batch renaming of font files according to the font names that can be found within the (truetype, opentype) fonts. It does alter the font files, and is therefore harmless. FontRenamer, versions 1.37 and 2.04. Free utilities for Windows. Version 3.05 is here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Diamond Soft's font managing software at 110 US dollars. All font formats, originally Mac only, but now also for Windows and Mac OS X. This software can be used to create a page by page catalog of all fonts in a database. Recommended. HypoTypo reports: "I haven't used it in awhile, but I had the same problems... In fact, when I loaded it up with 50,000 fonts, it was not only real slow, but crashed or locked-up every time I tried to do a search... And it was very unstable a lot of the rest of the time... I don't know if there is a newer version that fixes some of those problems... FWIW, I continue to use 'Font Navigator' (Font Reserve's predecessor) as my main font program (nice features and easy to use)... And as a good second program, I use Typograf, it has some very nice 'Print' options..." Ron rick's positive review as a Mac OS X tool. David Creamer review Font Reserve 3.1.1 for Mac OS 9 and X. In June 2003, FontReserve was bought by Extensis (makers of Suitcase). [Google] [More] ⦿
"True Type font managing utility which can view fonts before they're installed (full keyboard, sample text, character table), install/uninstall fonts, create catalogues of fonts, and load/unload these font catalogues on the fly without restarting Windows 95, print elaborate samples of each font." 40USD at WSKA editions. Softseek site with download of an evaluation program. 49 Aus$ shareware. [Google] [More] ⦿
150 Dollar font manager by Insider Software (Carlsbad, CA), for Mac and PC. Now also FontAgent X and FontAgent Pro for Mac OS/X. Demo. A testimony: "I just purchased FontAgent in hopes of vetting and organizing my extensive (and growing) collection of fonts. Much to my dismay, I found the following: It didn't recognize my Open Type font, classifying them as "corrupt." It didn't recognize .inf and .afm file name extensions, so when it moves Type 1 fonts, it sometimes leaves constituent files behind. It doesn't always recognize the font's foundry -- many, many fonts from major foundries (Adobe!) are classified as "unknown" or " misc." I paid $50 for the software, so I'm disappointed." In August 2002, apparently, OpenType was added as a font format to FontAgent, but I do not know about the other problems. Review by Andrew Shalat. In 2006, they released FontAgent Pro 3.1 for Mac OS X. In 2009, FontAgent Pro Plus 9250 US dollars) comes also bundled with 750 opentype fonts called the Master Type Collection (250 fonts from Bitstream, and 500 from BTN: Breaking The Norm). [Google] [More] ⦿
Commercial PC program for identifying or finding a close match for scanned fonts. Free trial with 30runs. By Balarad Software (Ladislav Balara) in Presov, Slovakia. The font recognition program recognizes 5300+ Corel Draw, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word and other trueType fonts based on font features and some key letters. Can also be used as a font installer and printer. Download site. [Google] [More] ⦿
"The first font management system add-on for Silicon Graphics (SGI) systems that complies with the X11 Window System and the Display PostScript System (DPS). FontCase installs PostScript Type 1 fonts quickly and easily. It also organizes your PostScript Type 1 fonts in sets for simplier use." Demo available for this commercial product developed by Valentin Guggiana, at schwarzwaufweiss. [Google] [More] ⦿
Iconic font scissors. This free tool can be used to combine icons into a single font. There is, for example, a tool called svg2ttf. The authors are Roman Shmelev, Vitaly Puzrin and Aleksey Zapparov.
Fonts from which compositions can be made:
Commercial Windows font manager by the Russian software producer, Proxima Software. Thirty day free trial. Alternate URL. Download. People generally like this one. In its own words: FontExpert 2006 enables you to preview and manage both installed and uninstalled typefaces, plus examine your system for font errors. You can display the list of installed font typefaces, customizable font samples and advanced font properties. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free font management software by Linotype until April 2009, when it went commercial. For Mac (X version) and Windows (older version). The manager is linked to the on-line font store at Linotype. Verdict by the typophiles: it seems the best thing out there right now, stable and fast. In second position is FontAgent Pro. Suitcase is universally loathed, and FontBook (the built in Mac OSX font manager) is at the bottom of the ladder. A Windows version is in the works. Old URL. Free version at the Linotype site. Other download link. [Google] [More] ⦿
QualiType Software (headed by John Colletti) developed fonts and font management utility programs for Windows, including FontHandler and the Font Sentry system for automatic font management. These were sold to Extensis at CreativePro.com in 2000. Eugene Lilitko (b. 1962, Armervir, Russia) is the freelance programmer who wrote the programs. [Google] [More] ⦿
TeX macros for converting Adobe Font Metric files to TeX metric (TFM) and virtual font (VF) format. Fontinst is a program that helps with installing fonts for (La)TeX. Since it is written entirely in TeX macros, it is completely portable. [Google] [More] ⦿
UNIX/Linux font managing software by "Ratti": " Fontlinge (In english maybe one would say "Typies") is a software for fontmanagement, -databases, -organising and printing without having the fonts loaded. It's for TrueTypeFonts (TTF) only, and it's completely written in German language. It reads the files from folders where fonts are stored and creates a completely new directory structure, maybe alphabetical, maybe sorted by company or look-like. It can export BMP-files of this archives for nearly unlimited sized printouts like posters." [Google] [More] ⦿
Mark Gates' FontLint is a font management utility for the Macintosh. It attempts to address the needs of the Macintosh community in regard to installing, disabling, viewing, evaluating, and finding information about fonts. [Google] [More] ⦿
Great freeware font manager for Windows by Conquerware's Peter Theill (well, version 3 is not; version 2 was here). A review from the net: Got a lot of fonts? Would you like a quick (and free) way to see them -- even the ones that aren't installed? Then take a look at FontLister, a good-looking freeware utility that no Windows font fanatic should be without. It lets you print and view samples of all your typefaces (including TrueType, Type 1, and screen fonts). In this new version, FontLister lets you delete and install TrueType fonts, gives you more-detailed information on each font, and sports several interface and printing enhancements. With this update, FontLister becomes a true must-have for all font lovers. Download and enjoy! Old URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Fontmatrix is a free graphical font manager for Linux operating systems and, since recently, also for Winmdows. Mr Docs writes: One thing where Fontmatrix has the older proprietary font managers beat is the concept of tagging. This makes it really nice to group fonts and even sub-group them logically for use in say a book. It also has extensive support to give you a nice GUI to show all the glyphs in a font, previews of sample text, variable sizing and also tell you what kinds of advanced Open Type features are inside the guts of your font. That is something Ive never seen outside of a font editor. And not least, it creates a nice PDF catalog of your fonts for printing or reference. All in all, a real pros font manager, but still nice and user friendly. Another URL. Softpedia discussion. [Google] [More] ⦿
Shareware Windows font manager developed by Steven Fox, copyright Leaping Lizards. FontMonster permits editing of names and metrics. Opinion offered by "Character" on abf: "3.5 is the final version. It's a dog. (American slang for very bad) Every time you use it, it takes over the association for .ttf and .pfb and you can no longer use fontview or atm to view fonts." Alan Sargent claims: "FontMonster isn't supported any more, but you can "register" it to remove the nags using name: Steve Hsu ID:11483 or name: BETA TESTER ID: 16983". He continues: "It's the ONLY free kerning editor for both TT and T1 that I'm aware of (as well as other useful functions). It's unsupported shareware (the author disappeared long ago)." Google search. Permanent home in Montreal. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free font poreview utility: "PolyVision FontPeeper32 is a shareware Windows 32-bit application by PolyVision Software which allows you to preview fonts in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe PageMaker, QuarkXPress or any other Win32 program before selecting them." [Google] [More] ⦿
The Fontplore application was developed by Christian Hertlein and Marcus Paeschke in summer 2009 under the supervision of Till Nagel and Professor Boris Müller at the Fachhochschule Potsdam. Fontplore is an interactive application designed for searching and exploring font databases.Fontplore helps you to easily find the right typeface for your project in a collection of several thousands of fonts. It lets you browse, preview, compare and print the fonts you are interested in. Another URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
15 USD shareware program from Lose Your Mind Software: "simply double click a TrueType font file to see exactly what the font looks like. FontReview integrates smoothly with the Windows95 Explorer." Alternate URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Information on fonts in ghostscript. Discussed are the 35 free URW type 1 fonts, Basil Malyshev's Paradissa fonts for Computer Modern, the use of the Fontmap, the prfont.ps program for printing a sample sheet, the free Hanzi font (Chinese) by Jackson Technologies, the free Kanji type 1 fonts by Tetsurou Tanaka of the Department of Engineering, University of Tokyo, N. Glonty and A. Samarin's CM Cyrillic fonts, the bdftops (BDF font to type 1 font) conversion program, and many technical details. [Google] [More] ⦿
For UNIX/X-Windows users: Fontconfig is a library designed to provide system-wide font configuration, customization and application access. Fontconfig contains two essential modules, the configuration module which builds an internal configuration from XML files and the matching module which accepts font patterns and returns the nearest matching font. [Google] [More] ⦿
From Peter Theill (Conquerware) in Denmark: "FontSelector is a simple freeware font viewer for Windows 95, 98, NT4 and NT5. It gives you a quick and easy way to browse and print all your installed fonts." Alternate URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Fontshop free fonts: Interoffice (dingbats), Dingbests, Xcreen (pixel font), René Louis (Richard Beatty), Arsis (a condensed didone font by Elsner&Flake), Moved (Garage), Digi Antiqua (Linotype), DigiGrotesk (Linotype), Pushkin (handwriting, Paratype). Plus free versions of ATM Light 4.61 for Macintosh and ATM Light 4.1 for Windows 95/98/ME/NT4. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hewlett-Packard FontSmart is a discontinued font utility for Windows. A reader wrote: "The Beauty of Fontsmart was that everytime you ran it, it did an automatic search of all your drives. It then showed a two column screen. On the left were all the fonts on your entire computer, on the right were the ones installed in Windows. You could create font samples in the size of your choice with ease in either column and by simply clicking on a type face(s) in the left column (on your computer but not installed in windows) and the clicking install - voila! the font or fonts were installed. It was so damned simple to use!!" It was a 16-bitv program and is thus no longer supported. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free Windows utility by Nattyware, who says: Fontster is a font viewer. Despite hundreds of similar utilities, it is probably the easiest tool to browse and preview installed fonts with comfort and flexibility. [Google] [More] ⦿
Company located in Fareham, Hampshire, UK, and (possibly) run by David Gibbins. 150 truetype-font collection: go here, here, here, here, here, and here. The 150 fonts have no copyright information other than the date, 2001. Here are the names of this collection: Aston-Italic, Aston, AstonPoster, Barker, Bentine, Brancusi-Italic, Brancusi, Burns, ButlerCaps, Cambridge-Bold, Cambridge-BoldItalic, Cambridge-Italic, Cambridge, CambridgeOpen, Chaplin, Charterhouse-Bold, Charterhouse, Cleese, Constable, Cooke, Corbett, CorpusChristi-Bold, CorpusChristi-Italic, CorpusChristi, Crosby, DaVinci, Dali, Degas, Dodd, Donnatello, Durham-Bold, Durham-Italic, Durham, DurhamPoster-Bold, DurhamPoster-Italic, Edinburgh-Bold, Edinburgh-BoldItalic, Edinburgh-Italic, Edinburgh, Epstein, EpsteinFat, Eton-Italic, Eton, Exeter-Bold, Exeter-Italic, Exeter, Formby, Gainsborough, Gauguin, Gilbert, Gordonstoun-Bold, Gordonstoun-Italic, Gordonstoun, Hancock, Hardy, Harrow-Bold, Harrow-BoldItalic, Harrow-Italic, Harrow, Harvard-Bold, Harvard, Hepworth-Bold, Hepworth, Hope, Keaton, KebleBlack, KebleBoldOutline, KebleCondensed, KebleCondensedBlack, KebleCondensedLight, Keele-Bold, Keele, KingsCollege-Bold, KingsCollege-Italic, KingsCollege, Laurel, Leighton, LeightonCondensed, LeightonExtended, Lloyd, Manet, Marceau, Marlborough-Bold, Marlborough, Matisse, Michaelangelo, Miller, Millfield, Milligan-Bold, Milligan-BoldItalic, Milligan-Italic, Milligan, Miro, Monet, Moore, Morecambe, Peterhouse-Bold, Peterhouse-BoldItalic, Peterhouse-Italic, Peterhouse, Picasso, PicassoLite, Pollock, Pryor, QueensCollege-Bold, QueensCollege-BoldItalic, QueensCollege-Italic, QueensCollege, Raphael, Rembrandt, Rodin, Roedean-Bold, Roedean, Rubens, Secombe, Sellers, Seurat, Sorbonne-Bold, Sorbonne-BoldItalic, Sorbonne-Italic, Sorbonne, StAnnes-Italic, StAnnes, StPauls-Bold, StPauls, Stowe, Sykes, ToulouseLautrec, Turner, Upminster-Bold, Upminster, VanGogh, Verrochio, Warhol, WarholHeavy, WarholLight, Warwick-Bold, Warwick-BoldItalic, Warwick-Italic, Warwick, Wellington, WellingtonHeavy, Winchester-Bold, Winchester-Italic, Winchester, Wisdom, Wise, Yale-Bold, Yale-Italic, Yale. This free font collection may or may not be produced in agreement with Qualitype. Commercial font services, including barcode solutions (about 500 USD for Barcode2000, which includes 3 of 9, Code 93, Interleaved 2 of 5, EAN/UPC, MSI/Plessey, Code 128, Codabar, MICR/E13B, CMC-7&USPS Barcode, and OCR A, OCR B, Letter Gothic, Line Draw&the Euro Currency Symbol) and TrueType logo and signature fonts (200 USD per font in 6 weights). Sells Barcode Assistant. Free barcode demo fonts. Free copy of Fontaware (Windows 3.1 font management). Free font recognition service. Font vendor for Bitstream. Barcodes sold:
Free GNU License software for managing fonts on Gnu/Linux by Donn Ingle from South Africa, dated 2006. It supports truetype, opentype, TTC and type 1. Ingle explains: Many designers have collections of font files in big directory structures or on other media. Fonty Python will let you gather your fonts and structure them into collections -- or what I call "Pogs" -- a place to keep tyPOGraphy. Well, why not? Your fonts never move from where they are (so don't worry). All that happens is that you select fonts visually and place their names into a Pog, then you install or uninstall Pogs as you need them. No copies of your fonts are made, only links to the original files are used to install the fonts. For example, you might have a Pog called "logos" into which you place all the ttfs you have of company logos. After that, when you need to work with those logos, you simply install the 'logos' Pog and start your design app! FP is also great for just looking at fonts wherever they are on your computer, without having to install them system-wide. It is written as a mixed command-line/gui application at the moment, allowing very quick use. You can install/remove pogs without having to start the entire gui, which is neat. [Google] [More] ⦿
Frank E. Blokland
University of Heidelberg archive with well-documented fonts and font software. Has copies of SmartFont (Windows font previwer), TTFPlus (16-bit font management), TipoMaker (typebook maker), JobSpecific16 v2.01 (Postscript font assigner), Softy. Siddiqua (Arab truetype font by Laser Printing Solutions, Irvine, CA). About ten morse code fonts. [Google] [More] ⦿
Gentoo's Fast TrueType Font Guide
Roberto Alameda's free GNU-license Linux open code software for viewing fonts. Requires t1lib, GTK+, gif library, and freetype library. Use with X-Windows, Latex and StarOffice. Antialising, kerning (if applicable). Another URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Soon-to-be-released software by Darren Mackay for editing and managing fonts. GlyphManager will be released as Freeware and GlyphMaker will be released as 'Fontware' (essentially designers send me a copy of each font they produce - a better description will be available when the website is up). [Google] [More] ⦿
Freshmeat writes: "HFM is a font manager for Unix systems. With it you can control the avaliability of fonts in all of the supported applications from a central place. Currently included are modules to support X11, Ghostscript and TeX. A PostScript module handles PS Fonts while other fonts remain untouched by this program. HFM has a nice Tcl/TK GUI." Free utility by sopraf. [Google] [More] ⦿
HFM: Hamster Font Manager
HFM is a free (GNU license) font manager for Unix systems. It supports in particular X-Windows, Ghostscript and TeX. A PostScript module handles PS Fonts. The software was developed at the Institut für Informatik of the Universität Stuttgart under the supervision of Stefan Krauss. [Google] [More] ⦿
Karen's Font Explorer v1.2
Medium-sized archive. Font editors and managers are also archived: Softy, Fontlab 3.1, Font Creator rogram, FontAgent, FontPage, CrossFont, FontNamer, akFontViewer, mapOcharm X-Fonter, The Font Thing, MW-Fonts 2. [Google] [More] ⦿
Advertised in 2009 by The League of Movable Type as the first social font manager: Find. Preview. Collaborate. Share with your most trusted colleagues. Lettercase will revolutionize how you work on your fonts. They are looking for beta testers. [Google] [More] ⦿
LetterSetter is an on-line commercial font specimen layout piece of software, operated, developed and hosted by LettError and TypeSupply. With it, type foundries, designers, typographers, and design agencies can host their own fonts at lettersetter.net, and present them in customizable specimen layouts. [Google] [More] ⦿
From Melbourne, Australia, David Aylott's macro for MS Word that produces a sorted list of your fonts with multiple fonts to a page. PFONT, another program by him, does not require MS Word. Finally, for compact printing, there is FONTFILE. David runs Aylott Computing Pty Ltd. [Google] [More] ⦿
Obsolete entity. It had free font utilities by Michel Lepretre: Typo is a shareware font management program for Windows. It handles type 1 and truetype fonts. EmbedTTF lets you look at the embedding bit of your truetype fonts, and lets you change it. Shareware. [Google] [More] ⦿
Great page with links to font managers, font creation and font conversion programs. Includes downloads of ATM Light, BertSoft, Ares FontMinder, CrossFont v1.3, Softy. And, of course, careful reviews of all software. [Google] [More] ⦿
Shareware Windows font manager from Unitech, by Uri Foox. Version 3.2. Registered users of MyFonts get free utilities such as FontEyes, FontGrid, and FontList. There is also a free TrueType font renamer, Font Renamer. See also here. [Google] [More] ⦿
A free font tool by Raphël Bastide (Paris) to list and organize fonts online. Published in 2014, it can be used to share references with co-workers or students, to make a foundry portfolio, or as a private tool. View Ofont in action. [Google] [More] ⦿
OT1 Font Manager
Panose is a ten-digit number where each digit is hexadecimal (between 0 and 15) that attempts to classify a font. If applicable and computed, it may be inserted into the OS/2 Table of the Rich Font Description (RFD) incorporated into each True Type font. It was invented to speed up printers by minimizing the number of fonts required in the printer memory. For eample, Times New Roman is 2263545234, but Wingdings is 5000000000. Panose numbers are useful for detecting similar styles of fonts in collections. There is software (like High Logic's Main type that permits one to view fonts in collections by Panose number. The digits take care of these properties: (1) kind (2) class (3) weight (4) aspect (5) contrast (6) serif variant (7) treatment (8) lining (9) topology (10) range of characters.
Panose was developed by Benjamin Bauermeister (b. 1960, St. Louis, MO). In 1990 he cofounded ElseWare with Clyde McQueen in Seattle, where he first revealed his PANOSE1 Typeface Matching System which began as a 7 digit number. Each succeeding digit breaks the font collection down into ever smaller groups. Hewlett-Packard Co. purchased Elseware Co. and expanded PANOSE to ten digits. HP created a PANOSE engine that compressed font information into 2kb packets and incorporated the Panose numbers into their Agfa Monotype typefaces to identify which packet should be used with which font. Then they designed their printers so that instead of using an entire font, they just sent the number. The printer memory did the math and reproduced a simulation of the font. In other words, the PANOSE numbers told the printers how to draw the typeface. Some improvements were made and Panose1 became Panose2. Bauermeister wrote A Manual of Comparative Typography: The Panose System (Paperback) (1987, Van Nostrand Reinhold).
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Derry Bryson's project: an open source code library for manipulation and generation of Postscript files and font management. Intended for X11/UNIX/Linux environments. No releases yet. [Google] [More] ⦿
Font manager program in the style of Bitstream Font Navigator. Shareware by Lose Your Mind Development. Present version 8.0. Font Review is another of their font management tools for Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0 and 2000. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free font manager. At this site, you will also find setup32d.exe (truetype font manager), barssh.zip (3.5MB file for label printing), fonttest.zip (foont contact sheet printer), and setup32d.exe (truetype manager). [Google] [More] ⦿
Gone. It used to have these font utilities: 30.07Advancedfontsv, Font Creator, Font Doctor, Font Reserve v2.6, Font Wrangler v2.0j, FontAgent9, FontExpert 2004 v6.0, FontExpert2004, FontRenamer122, Font_Xplorer_Lite, Fontlab Transtype v2, Suitcase, X-Fonter, Fontographer, Safefont. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free open source desktop page layout program in the tradition of Corel Ventura, Quark Xpress, PageMaker and InDesign, designed for Linux and Unix. Flexible PDF creation options, PDF Import, Encapsulated Postscript import/export and creation of 4 color separations. Scribus also supports via freetype Unicode text including right to left scripts such as Arabic and Hebrew. Graphic formats which can be placed in Scribus include Encapsulated Post Script (eps), TIFF(Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG), Portable Network Graphics (png) and XPixMap(xpm). The PDF driver from Scribus can embed fonts for postscript printing and you can use and output high resolution EPS files. Other useful features include manual kerning of type, rotating object frames, bezier curves polygons, precision placement of objects, layering with RGB and CMYK custom colors. Unlike proprietary binary file formats, even damaged documents can be recovered with a simple text editor. Python scripts extend the usefulness. Among these, we find Font Sample Generator (which makes samples of your installed fonts). Author and Maintainer: Franz Schmid. Programming contributions from Paul Johnson, Christian Töpp, and Alastair Robinson. [Google] [More] ⦿
Mario Procopio's great archive with lots of goodies. Examples: one zip file with 60 fonts from Divide by Zero, several font managers. Among the Windows font managers: FontTrax v2000.1, pa710, Fontab 1.8, Amviewer (by Arjan Mels), Hellod (for font decoration), Symsel2 (selects and copies symbols from truetype fonts), Phontz, akFontViewer 3.0, FontImpressions 1.1, MyFonts 3.5, FontC, FontNamer 2.3, FontPeeper 32, FontMagic 1.0, FontFinder32 v5.30, ADing FontManager v1.35, FontChart. Plus the following GraphxEdge fonts: GEBanners, GEClipz, GEComedy, GECurviture, GEElegantScript, GEFiestaMarquee, GEFleet, GEFreeForm, GEFrills, GEGlob, GEHandyScript, GENervousTwitch, GERomanesse, GESheerScript. [Google] [More] ⦿
Download some fonts and font utilities. Includes akFontViewer 3.0 (Windows font viewer), amviewer (Arjan Mels' Font Viewer), Crossfont 1.4, Font Namer v2.3, Win32 Font Lister, Fontab 1.8 (font viewer), FontC, FontChart 2.1, FontCP 1.0 (sorts truetype fonts by kind), FontFinder32 v5.30, Font Impressions 2.0 (font manager), Fontlook 3.5, Fontmagic 1.0 (previewing, installing), Fontpeeper 3.2, Fontrax 2000, Hellod (font decoration tool for web pages), JobSpecific32 v2.01 (Postscript font assigner), MyFonts v3.5, ADing ParkFont v1.00 (font resources manager), Phontz (font viewer), Symsel2 (select symbols from truetype fonts), ttr_1000 (truetype font renamer), Visi Font Gold v1.1 (font viewer). Also has a Burnmese font, a Coptic font (Mena), and fifteen fonts from GraphxEdge. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jacob Gube lists ten free font managers. Other subpages by him:
"Smartfont provides a permanent on-screen display of all the fonts installed on your system in a scrollable list, with each font shown using its own typeface. " Oakley Data Services in the UK. [Google] [More] ⦿
Type tools archive. You can fond here Advanced Font Catalog 1.20, X-Fonter 3.5, Font Glancer v0.9.8, abSee v1.02, akFontViewer 3.2.0, FontFinder 32 v5.96, Font-O-Matic v1.04, Win32 Font Lister v3.6, MyFonts Windows Font Manager v4. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free utility by Jerome Maurey-Delaunay (STC Associates) for any system that has Flash 6. This web-based Flash 6 application shows all of the user's active fonts through any OS and browser that supports the Flash 6 (or higher) browser plug-in. [Google] [More] ⦿
TEX font utilities, including accfonts, adjkerns, afmtopl, ega2mf, fontinst, fontload, freetype, gsftopk, macfont, makefonts, mathinst, mathkit, mf2ps, mf2pt3, mff-29, mkpkfontdir, mm, mmtools, pbmtogf, pf2afm, pfm2afm, pkbbox, ps2afm, ps2mf, ps2pk, ps4mf, psposter, qdtexvpl, t1install, t1tools, t1utils, tfmpk, tfmpktest, ttf2pfb, ttf2pk, ttf2pt1, unadobe, vfinst, vplutils. [Google] [More] ⦿
Thomas H. Barton
Shareware program "to locate, view, edit, print and organize your images, metafiles, fonts and movies. It will even build web pages for you!" For Windows NT/95/3.1. Only TT fonts. From Cerious Software. A Mac beta program is available as well. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free Windows 95/98 font utility by Fabrizio Giustina. This does NOT rename the font, it only renames the font file using the font's real name. Hackers: this can be done simply by grepping the font name from the output of utilities like ttfview, and moving the font file. My own script for UNIX environments is just a few lines long. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ghostscript-based program written in 2002 by by Thomas H. Barton for creating a PostScript Type 42 font file from a TrueType font file. The included C program ShowAllGlyphs creates a PostScript program which shows all the glyphs defined by the font. [Google] [More] ⦿
TTEdit is a free truetype font editor for Windows. Page in Japanese. From the same people, Handfont (for handwriting generation), OTEdit (OpenType font editor for Windows), and font utilities. Alternate URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
From Watermark Software, a commercial product for Windows that will help you manage TrueType fonts. Costs 25 dollars. Last version is TTFPlus 3.5. Alternate site. A font management utility that lets you preview, locate, transfer and print TrueType fonts. Free evaluation copy available. Not to be confused with the free font manager TTF Plus from Starlight Media. [Google] [More] ⦿
TypeDNA -- FontShaker
Advanced commercial font management software released in 2009, and developed by Darren Glenister. Review by Robert Palmer. TypeDNA includes Font Harmony and Similar Fonts tools to help you select aesthetically-compatible fonts for projects. Font Harmony indexes fonts on your local computer, and also references TypeDNA's online repository of fonts to find matches and harmonies for your selections. Similar Fonts shows fonts similar to one's selection. FontShaker (2009) is a fantastic manager for on-line viewing of fonts on one's computer (no software installation necessary!), sort your fonts, comment on them, and rate them. TypeDNA also includes OCR-based font recognition. Its performance is snappy. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free software by Rich Tatum: "TypeRodent is a Microsoft Word for Windows 6.0 font utility. Using TypeRodent you can generate either a single document containing a complete list of all the installed TrueType fonts on your system or a formatted sample of the typeface of your choice." [Google] [More] ⦿
Rich Tatum's Windows utility that can generate either a single document containing a complete list of all the installed TrueType fonts on your system or a formatted sample of the typeface of your choice. Free. [Google] [More] ⦿
Shareware font management utility for Windows by Alex Neuber. Includes previewing, printing, classification and comparisons of fonts. Written by Alexander and Matthias Neuber. People say good things about this software. Appears to be the best font management system for Windows and NT. Check also this FTP site. You can also edit font headers in both TrueType and type 1 fonts. Everyone raves about this product. Address of registered user: Joe Bloggs (123 Street) claims his registration code is CORE881SIRAX73683290929, and that later versions of Typograf can be cracked by searching here. Yummy writes: "Typograf (and just about everything else) requires ATM in order to handle Type 1 fonts. Get rid of the ATM deluxe, download trial copy of Pagemaker from Adobe - it comes with ATM4 Lite. ATMLite+Typograf beats ATM deluxe hands down in every respect of font management. (Plus, you also get database!). If you use Typograf extensively, please support quality software and buy it." [Google] [More] ⦿
Typotheque is an initiative of Peter Bilak and ui42 out of Bratislava (Slovakia), and later, The Netherlands: Typotheque is an Internet-based independent type foundry. It offers quality fonts for PC and Macintosh platforms in standard European character set and in CE (central european) character set. All fonts have full (european) character sets, are thoroughly tested and manually kerned.
Typotheque also offers its own type utilities: AccentKernMaker and FontAgent. In 2000, with Stuart Bailey, Peter Bilak co-founded art and design journal Dot Dot Dot. Along with Andrej Kratky he co-founded Fontstand.com, a font rental platform. Peter is teaching at the Type & Media postgraduate course at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague.
Free fonts: Remix Typotheque and RaumSüd.
Commercial fonts: Fedra Sans (2001, 30 weights), Holy Cow (2000), Champollion (2000), Eureka (2000), Eureka Phonetik (2000), Eureka Arrows (2000), Eureka Glyphs (2000), Jigsaw (Light and Stencil, 2000, by Johanna Balusikova), Fedra Mono (2002), Fedra Bitmaps (2002), Fedra Serif (2003, 48 weights, with a characteristic shy female A, toes pointing inwards), Fedra Serif Display (2006) and Fedra Arabic (2006) .
Greta (2006-2007, Greta Text and Greta Display) is a newspaper type family designed initially for the main Slovak newspaper, SME. Greta Text won an award at TDC2 2007. It is also being used by the Sunday Times (along with Sunday Times Modern by Emtype and Flama by M. Feliciano). Greta Symbol (2012) is a 10-style 1200-glyphs-per-style superfamily of symbols commonly used in newspapers, magazines and online publications. Finally, Greta Mono (by Peter Bilak and Nikola Djurek) saw the light in 2015. Codesigner with Daniel Berkovitz of Greta Sans Hebrew (2015), which won an award at TDC 2016 and was released in 2017. Greta Sans supports Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Armenian, Arabic, Hebrew, Devanagari, Thai and Hangul. Greta Sans was designed by Peter Bilak, produced together with Nikola Djurek. Irina Smirnova designed the Cyrillic version. The Latin part has been published in 2012, the Cyrillic and Greek in 2015. In 2015, Greta Sans was recognised by the Tokyo TDC. The Arabic version was designed by Kristyan Sarkis and published in 2015. Greta Sans Devanagari was published in 2017, designed by Hitesh Malaviya at ITF under the supervision of Satya Rajpurohit. The Thai version was designed by Smich Smanloh from Cadson Demak, and published in 2019. This Hangul version was designed by Sandoll designers Yejin We and Jinhee Kim, and directed by Chorong Kim.
In 2008, Peter Bilak, Eike Dingler, Ondrej Jób, and Ashfaq Niazi created the 21-style family History at Typotheque: Based on a skeleton of Roman inscriptional capitals, History includes 21 layers inspired by the evolution of typography. These 21 independent typefaces share widths and other metric information so that they can be recombined. Thus History has the potential to generate thousands of different unique styles. History 1, e.g., is a hairline sans; History 2 is Peignotian; History 14 is a multiline face; History 15 is a stapler face, and so forth.
Collection of over 90 articles on type design by by Stuart Bailey, Michael Bierut, Peter Bilak, Andrew Blauvelt, Erik van Blokland, Max Bruinsma, David Casacuberta, Andy Crewdson, Paul Elliman, Peter Hall, Jessica Helfand, Steven Heller, Roxane Jubert, Emily King, Robin Kinross, Rosa Llop, Ellen Lupton, Martin Majoor, Rick Poynor, Michael Rock, Stefan Sagmeister, and Dmitri Siegel.
In 2011, he created Julien, a playful geometric display typeface loosely inspired by the early 20th century avant-garde. It is based on elementary shapes and includes multiple variants of each letter. It feels like a mix of Futura, Bauhaus, and geometric modular design.
Julien (2012) is a playful geometric display typeface loosely inspired by the early 20th century avant-garde.
Karloff (2012, Typotheque: Positive, Negative, Neutral) is a didone family explained this way: Karloff explores the idea how two extremes could be combined into a coherent whole. Karloff connects the high contrast Modern type of Bodoni and Didot with the monstrous Italians. The difference between the attractive and repulsive forms lies in a single design parameter, the contrast between the thick and the thin. Neutral, the offspring, looks like a slab face. They were made by Peter Bilak, Nikola Djurek and Peter van Rosmalen.
Lumin (2013) is a family that includes slab-serif, sans serif, condensed and display typefaces, and no attept is made to make them uniform in style.
Lava (2013) is a magazine typeface originally designed for Works That Work magazine. It was extended to a multilingual workhose typeface family. It as extended in 2021 to Lava 2.0, at which time they added a variable version of Lava that does this size-specific tracking optimization automatically---Typotheque calls it optical spacing. By 2021, Lava covered Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Telugu and Kannada. Typotheque collaborated with type designers Parimal Parmar, who drew the Devanagari; and Ramakrishna Saiteja, who drew Kannada and Telugu companions for Lava Latin, designed by Peter Bilak.
For Musée des Confluences in Lyon, France, Typotheuqe designed the custom sans typeface Confluence (2014).
For Buccellati Jewellery and Watches in Milan, Typotheque made the classy sans typeface Buccellati in 2013.
In 2016, Peter Bilak, Nikola Djurek and Hrvoje Zivcic published the Uni Grotesk typeface family at Typotheque. It is based on Grafotechna's 1951 typeface Universal Grotesk, which in turn is based on 1934 design by Vladimir Balthasar. Noteworthy also is the prismatic style Uni Grotesk Display.
In 2016, Peter Bilak designed the wayfinding sans typeface family November for Latin, Greek, Cyrillic and Hebrew. Its rounded version is October. November, co-designed by Peter Bilak, Irina Smirnova and Kristyan Sarkis, won two awards at Granshan 2017. November Stencil was published in 2018.
The Q Project was conceived in 2016 by Peter Bilak, and published in June 2020. Nikola Djurek produced the Q Shape 01, loosely based on the Edward Catich's basic brush strokes from his book The Origin of the Serif: Brush Writing and Roman Letters. Bilak explains: The Q Project is a game-like [modular] type system that enables users to create a nearly infinite number of variations. Inspired by toys like Lego or Meccano, Q invites you to explore its vast creative space and discover not only new solutions, but also new problems. Q consists of ix uppercase Base fonts and 35 attachments that can be added as individual layers (Q Base and Serifs). It also comes with a variable font with a motion axis (Q Mechanic), as well as three levels of basic shapes that can be combined into new forms (Q Shapes).
In 2021-2022, Typotheque custom-designed the humanist sans typeface NRK Sans for the Norwegian broadcaster, NRK.
History won an award at ProtoType in 2016.
This archive has some fonts (such as the fonts from Rubicon, and a host of Morse and Braille fonts), a handwriting font set from Elfring (ElfringEliteLight, Flushing, Grandam, Hotpress, Jessica, MechBold, OldEnglish, Patrician, Saffron, ZenStCharles) and many font utilities (TipoMaker v2.0, Selector v1.0, FontChart, FontSorter, Pfont, and so on). [Google] [More] ⦿
"ViewFont will allow you to see a word or phrase in all the fonts on your system and make printouts to see how they look printed on paper." By Oceris. Free. For Windows only. Alternate URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Voilà la police
Written by Radoslaw Przybyl, who was assisted by Adam Twardoch, WGL Assistant is a shareware multilingual font manager for Windows. A beta version of this software by Adam Twardoch is freely available." WGL Assistant allows convenient use of the multilingual (Unicode/WGL4) TrueType and OpenType fonts in all MS Windows applications. " [Google] [More] ⦿
Often recommended font utilities for Windows include
Font utility archive. Has AL Font Installer, Font Xplorer Lite, FontLoader, FontAgent, ADingOD ParkFont, TrueType Explorer, ADingOD FontManager, AMI Font Wrangler, MiLoco Fontes, and tens more. [Google] [More] ⦿
From the technobabble blurb: Xming X Server: Xming is the leading free unlimited X Window server for Microsoft Windows (XP/2003/Vista). It is fully featured, light and fast, simple to install and because it is standalone native Microsoft Windows, easily transported [WWW]portable as a Pocket PC X server. It is totally secure when used with [WWW]SSH and optionally includes an enhanced PuTTY Link SSH client and a portable PuTTY replacement package. Xming is cross-compiled on Linux for Microsoft Windows (32-bit x86), using [WWW]MinGW, mainly from the canonical [WWW]X.Org source code with my patches applied. It is kept current and secure with updates for [WWW]X11, [WWW]XKB, [WWW]FreeType2, [WWW]Pthreads-Win32 and [WWW]Freedesktop Bugzilla. When released Public Domain, Xming can be distributed and used without restriction as it is open source licensed, mostly [WWW]MIT/X11. [Google] [More] ⦿