What font organizer do you use?

9 Nov 2007 - 10:21am
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bminihan
2007

I used to be a big Corel Draw fan, and while I've moved on to Adobe over
the years, I remember they had one really helpful utility - Bitstream Font
Navigator. I have the Adobe CS3 Web Premium suite, but haven't seen a
similar Font organizer/navigator in that package. Maybe it's there but I
haven't been able to find it. Can anyone recommend a good Font organizer
for Windows? Free would be nice but I'd pay for something really useful.

Also for general interest (didn't find this topic in the archives).what are
your favorite font foundries, and why?

Thanks,

Bryan

http://www.bryanminihan.com

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9 Nov 2007 - 2:12pm
Michael Micheletti
2006

I believe that someone else on this list recommended Linotype Font
Explorer X a while back. I have it installed on my various design
machines and it works pretty well. It's still in beta, and every time
I've reported a bug to them they replied "no it's not", so I gave up
telling them stuff, but the price is right (for now at least): free.

The program lets you enable and disable fonts or groups of them. It
stores the original font files in its own little folder and then
activates them as you tell it to. If you have a large number of fonts,
you need to spend a fair amount of time arranging them in the
application before it is of much use. But after that you can choose to
enable all the blackletter fonts for your goth clothing designs and
then disable those and activate all your dingbat fonts for icon work.

The location on the web: http://www.linotype.com/fontexplorerX
It looks like they have a Mac version now too.

Michael Micheletti

On Nov 9, 2007 7:21 AM, Bryan Minihan <bjminihan at nc.rr.com> wrote:
> Can anyone recommend a good Font organizer
> for Windows? Free would be nice but I'd pay for something really useful.

9 Nov 2007 - 3:53pm
bminihan
2007

Incidentally, it appears the Bitstream Font Navigator (which I loved, and
appeared to do much the same as Linotype's tool) is still available (sort
of) and has been written up here:
http://www.noscope.com/journal/2004/09/font-management-solution

If you take the time to try it out you might agree it's extremely useful
(and I agree with the blogger's comments).

Bryan
http://www.bryanminihan.com

9 Nov 2007 - 3:50pm
bminihan
2007

Thanks Michael and Linda, much appreciate the recommendation. I just
checked their site where they seem to have taken down the Windows beta
version, but asked to keep checking back occasionally. I'll keep an eye out
=]

Much appreciated...anyone want to start a fight about TTF vs Postscript
fonts? Anyone?

;D

Bryan
http://www.bryanminihan.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Micheletti [mailto:michael.micheletti at gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, November 09, 2007 2:12 PM
To: Bryan Minihan
Cc: discuss at ixda.org
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] What font organizer do you use?

I believe that someone else on this list recommended Linotype Font
Explorer X a while back. I have it installed on my various design
machines and it works pretty well. It's still in beta, and every time
I've reported a bug to them they replied "no it's not", so I gave up
telling them stuff, but the price is right (for now at least): free.

The program lets you enable and disable fonts or groups of them. It
stores the original font files in its own little folder and then
activates them as you tell it to. If you have a large number of fonts,
you need to spend a fair amount of time arranging them in the
application before it is of much use. But after that you can choose to
enable all the blackletter fonts for your goth clothing designs and
then disable those and activate all your dingbat fonts for icon work.

The location on the web: http://www.linotype.com/fontexplorerX
It looks like they have a Mac version now too.

Michael Micheletti

On Nov 9, 2007 7:21 AM, Bryan Minihan <bjminihan at nc.rr.com> wrote:
> Can anyone recommend a good Font organizer
> for Windows? Free would be nice but I'd pay for something really useful.

9 Nov 2007 - 4:59pm
Parth Upadhye
2007

It has been ages since I used a font organizer. Aside from working
with fonts clients supply ... I think we have evolved to not need
one. If I remember right, it was because RAM and memory was expensive
and software not very smart. Wonder why it just dropped my radar maybe
because I now use Windows. :) Does Adobe still sell ATM?

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9 Nov 2007 - 5:37pm
bminihan
2007

I agree that the need for a Font organizer seems to have gone by the wayside
over the years. I recently found myself more in the graphic-designer role
in a small company, coming from a big one where we only used 2-3 basic fonts
for everything. I guess now that I'm closer to the "marketing edge", I find
myself looking for a way to manage the 1500 or so I've acquired over a dozen
years.

I remember ATM, that goes way back =]. I should look around to see if I can
find it. IIRC, they charged for it, which is why I tried the Corel
product...

My hesitation in just installing all my fonts is that I'm also running
development environments and lots of other goodies for the web-dev and
prototyping side of my brain, so I'm hesitant to slow my machine down with
too many unused fonts (even 2GB RAM fills up quickly). Maybe XP doesn't
really care how many fonts are installed, but I recall it being a big
problem with Win98 & W2K.

Thanks =]

Bryan

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It has been ages since I used a font organizer. Aside from working
with fonts clients supply ... I think we have evolved to not need
one. If I remember right, it was because RAM and memory was expensive
and software not very smart. Wonder why it just dropped my radar maybe
because I now use Windows. :) Does Adobe still sell ATM?

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9 Nov 2007 - 5:49pm
Michael Micheletti
2006

I find it useful to manage fonts when I'm working in Photoshop or
InDesign especially. The font lists just get too long and unwieldy
otherwise. A fast machine doesn't help much when you need an
exceptionally steady hand to pick exactly one of a couple hundred
fonts. Much easier to just chop the list down, work from a smaller
set, and then reset the font list for the next job.

Michael Micheletti

On Nov 9, 2007 2:37 PM, Bryan Minihan <bjminihan at nc.rr.com> wrote:
> I agree that the need for a Font organizer seems to have gone by the wayside
> over the years. I recently found myself more in the graphic-designer role
> in a small company, coming from a big one where we only used 2-3 basic fonts
> for everything. I guess now that I'm closer to the "marketing edge", I find
> myself looking for a way to manage the 1500 or so I've acquired over a dozen
> years.

9 Nov 2007 - 5:37pm
Michael Lisboa
2007

Check out fontexplorer by linotype. It's free and really good. I'm pretty sure they have a version for windows (though I can't say how it stacks up).

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-----Original Message-----
From: Parth Upadhye <parth.upadhye at gmail.com>
Sent: November 09, 2007 1:59 PM
To: discuss at ixda.org
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] What font organizer do you use?

It has been ages since I used a font organizer. Aside from working
with fonts clients supply ... I think we have evolved to not need
one. If I remember right, it was because RAM and memory was expensive
and software not very smart. Wonder why it just dropped my radar maybe
because I now use Windows. :) Does Adobe still sell ATM?

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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9 Nov 2007 - 6:03pm
Jack L. Moffett
2005

I blogged about a little tool called FontCard a couple weeks back
that might interest you, although it's Mac-only.

http://designaday.tumblr.com/post/15073080

Jack

Jack L. Moffett
Interaction Designer
inmedius
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