For those of us involved in graphic design and media production, there’s an old adage which comes to mind all to often.
You can never have too many fonts.
Thank the digital gods that we live in the golden era of fonts where they are both plentiful, inexpensive, easy to obtain, and of the highest quality ever (subjective analysis included). That brings me to an issue that most Mac users seldom know about, but those of us in graphic design and media production know all to well.
Managing fonts is a royal pain.
Apple’s own FontBook app is anemic at best, and that explains the cottage industry of font management apps, some of which are unduly expensive and complicated for those of us who just want to see what a font will look like, collect and organize fonts, and activate and deactivate without jumping through licensing or point-and-click hoops.
Enter Typeface, possibly the best new Mac app I’ve run into this year. Frankly, Typeface is the app Apple should use instead of FontBook. It’s as simple and uncomplicated as FontBook but does more, including collecting fonts into groups, and deactivating or activating fonts with a simple right-click.
Yes, you get to see the fonts installed on your Mac.
Even better, Typeface lets you view multiple typefaces (fonts) at once and that speeds up the search and selection process. Because fonts are so plentiful and inexpensive these days, it’s important to be able to create and manage font groups.
Typeface does that via drag and drop. Nothing could be easier.
Typeface is OS X El Capitan savvy and displays both light and dark mode, all the detailed characters available in a font, lets you compare fonts overlaid on other fonts (that is so handy), and even displays all the ligatures, metrics, baselines, x-height, cap-height and other goodies that font junkies adore.
What’s not to like?
What I appreciate about using Typeface is that it isn’t cluttered with unnecessary features. Just the fonts. Just the groups. Just the details. Just the activation. A slider or keyboard shortcut changes the tracking, and if you have a few thousand fonts installed on your Mac as I have, filtering through them to get the exact fonts you want with a click or two is almost child’s play.
Fonts can be filtered and viewed by style, weight, width, slant, and more. The autosize option makes comparing fonts the best ever. Just note that Typeface is not just a font preview app. FontBook does that, too, and it’s included but just doesn’t have the extra font management features or font activation and deactivation done so easily in Typeface. That helps to justify what I can only say is a nominal price tag, especially when compared to the typical Mac font managers which cost far more.
Typeface can even sync fonts between Macs by storing the collections on iCloud, GoogleDrive, or Microsoft OneDrive. I would appreciate being able to sync up all my settings between MacBook and iMac, but that’s a minor nit. Once they’re set, they’re set.
There’s good value here, folks. Typeface is one of my favorite new apps this year.