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Pablo Diablo
11-03-2007, 03:56 PM
So, here's a question I thought I'd throw out there-

Does anyone have a favorite Font Manager? I find that I have a LOT of fonts, and sometimes it is rough to wade through them to find the one I'm looking for (although the discovery process can be fun too).

Running Windows XP, I mainly use Photoshop, but have been using Illustrator and Vectorworks a bit as well, and dabble a little in Painter (but am not comfortable enough with it to really spend a lot of time in it).

Free is better, but I may be able to shell out a little cash, and it would be worthwhile just to hear what people think.

Thanks!
PD

jaerdaph
11-03-2007, 04:21 PM
I would be interested in one of these too, as my font collection has ballooned over the years. Currently, I scroll through the font preview/selection list in MS Word, which is a bit time consuming.

terrainmonkey
11-03-2007, 04:50 PM
speaking of fonts, i tend to use only one style for fonts in my maps. caslon antique. that pretty much has been my signature font for the last few years. that's the best way to do it, just pick one for every map and stick with it.

now i know that's impossible for the most die hard map maker, because of individual style of each map, but knowing three or 4 wouldn't be a bad idea. saves time going back and forth trying to find the perfect font. just use an old standby and you'll be fine...

Midgardsormr
11-03-2007, 05:55 PM
Isn't there a font manager that comes bundled with Photoshop? It seems like I used one with an Adobe brand on it once.

I like Bitstream Font Navigator, but it's only available as a part of CorelDRAW. I don't know if it's still the case, but as of v.12 of DRAW, you could download the trial version of the whole program and get the Font Navigator along with it. DRAW would stop working after 30 days, but some of the ancillary software (Font Navigator included) would continue operating with no limitations.

I don't know if that's still the case, and I'm really not sure what kind of license Font Navigator comes with, so it might not be legal to use it in that fashion.

ravells
11-03-2007, 06:48 PM
I would suggest checking out Printer's Apprentice.
(http://www.loseyourmind.com/)
It gives you the choice to view your fonts as sample text, character set, keyboard etc. And you can print out the fonts too. It's sharware and costs $25, but well worth the money imo. You can download an evaluation version (it's pretty good ...just a few nagging bits on it and no limitations).

Ravs

RobA
11-03-2007, 06:52 PM
I used a freeware one, The Font Thing (http://members.ozemail.com.au/~scef/tft.html).

It worked well for TTF, but no Open Type support, as far as I know.

-Rob A>

mathuwm
11-03-2007, 07:00 PM
The selection of Font management software for the PC is really poor compared to what is available out there for the Mac.

I would recommend only installing the fonts you like and archiving the rest in another folder. Having a signature set of fonts
Stylistically demonstrates a good sense of design and is les distracting than
Having 8000 fonts displayed in a document.
Having said that
I do not practice what I preach it is defiantly easer said than done.
And I personally do not have enough time to maintain my fonts in this manner

jaerdaph
11-03-2007, 07:19 PM
Yeah, I pretty much have a short list of fonts I use for mapping depending on the type of map I want to create or the genre of the game the map will be used for, and that's good advice worth repeating. My need for a font manager/viewer would be for other projects both for games (e.g. player handouts) and work (blech!).

MGCJerry
11-03-2007, 08:17 PM
AMP Font Viewer...
http://www.ampsoft.net/utilities/FontViewer.php

I use it all the time, and its price is right. ;)

RPMiller
11-03-2007, 11:05 PM
I have a Word doc somewhere that has a macro to generate pages of all your fonts. I'll have to see if I can scare that up again. Assuming anyone is interested of course. I'm not sure what folks want in the way of font management though.

RobA
11-03-2007, 11:51 PM
I have a Word doc somewhere that has a macro to generate pages of all your fonts. I'll have to see if I can scare that up again. Assuming anyone is interested of course. I'm not sure what folks want in the way of font management though.

Check out the author of that word doc... I wrote one about 6 years ago that escaped into the wild :) If you can't find yours I can dig my old one up. (The one benefit of ever-increasing hard drives is I never have to erase anything :) )
-Rob A>

Ilwan
11-04-2007, 04:01 AM
I use Linotype FontExplorer. Works fine

Pablo Diablo
11-04-2007, 10:44 AM
Well, I'm going to give the AMP manager a try, but I appreciate all the suggestions (and hopefully others do too) - don't be afraid to keep 'em coming!.

In answer to RobA, I'm looking for something to do a bit more than print pages of my fonts. I have a LOT of fonts (for carto, minimal graphic design stuff, a tiny bit of web stuff for friends, etc) - I'd love to be able to group them into families that I can turn on and off when I need to, so that I know that all of my Romanesque fonts are in Family A and all of my Grungy fonts are in Family B, etc, etc...

PD

RobA
11-04-2007, 11:53 AM
I understand the importance of a font manager. If you have more than a few dozen fonts they are indispensable.

I do, however, really like hard-copies of fonts to flip through. I think it goes back to when I was little and my father brought home a 300+ page Letraset dry-transfer font catalogue. I think I spend days flipping though it and tracing out different fonts...

-Rob A>

Carnildo
11-04-2007, 05:01 PM
I'll second the AMP viewer. A coworker pointed me to it recently and i've found it pretty usable (better than previewing in PS, Word, etc.). I also sometimes use this online viewer (http://www.stcassociates.com/lab/fontbrowser.html) as I can use it anywhere. It sometimes bungs up on certain font types, but is generally pretty good.

Joshua_101
11-04-2007, 05:57 PM
Yeah... I could use a font manager for my Mac cause I've got TONNES of fonts and my library is growing all the time because I do some small graphic design work on the side.

Right now I've got my own binder full of my fonts that I printed out and categorized by hand. I just put the whole alphabet of each font on its own page and labeled it with the font name. It works pretty well for me so far... but flipping through that book is starting to take a while every time I wanna look for a new font.

I agree with most others that having a prefered list of about 3 or 4 "map fonts" is time saving and headache free.

jaerdaph
11-04-2007, 06:49 PM
I went with AMP too - just what I needed and yeah, you can't beat the price :)

Naryt
11-05-2007, 09:45 AM
A little late but let me throw in another good word for AMP FontViewer. I've been using it for years now and I've never felt a need to look for another.

RobA
11-05-2007, 02:44 PM
Well -

I downloaded AMP, and also downloaded The Font Thing (That I referenced before) - both free.

I think I will use The Font Things because of a few things that it can do that I cant get AMP to do:

Provide a view of ALL the glyphs in a font.
Filter by embedded font information (symbol, script, monospace).
Preview multiple fonts that are NOT installed.
Print Sample sheets of NOT installed fonts.


And it seems to do everything else that AMP does do.

-Rob A>

Naryt
11-05-2007, 09:55 PM
Well -

I downloaded AMP, and also downloaded The Font Thing (That I referenced before) - both free.

I think I will use The Font Things because of a few things that it can do that I cant get AMP to do:

Provide a view of ALL the glyphs in a font.


OOOOOo........going to have to take a look at that tomorrow.

RobA
11-06-2007, 10:13 AM
Here is the screenshot page showing some of these features:

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~scef/tft/tftscreenshotsmain.html

-Rob A>

ravells
11-06-2007, 12:04 PM
And it's free? I'm getting that one!

Ravs

Pablo Diablo
11-07-2007, 10:42 AM
Unfortunately, it seems like Linotype has suspended their downloads of Font Explorer X for Windows because they've finished beta testing it... They will release the next version at some unspecified date (still free) - which is already available for Mac OS X.

PD
(What I don't understand is why they don't continue to allow the beta version to be downloaded - assuming they have a quality product, they would only win more people over to their program in the end)

Naryt
11-27-2007, 03:53 PM
I think I will use The Font Things because of a few things that it can do that I cant get AMP to do:

Preview multiple fonts that are NOT installed.


Just noticed this one...I did switch to The Font Thing btw...Amp will preview multiple fonts that aren't installed. Just dump them all into one folder and browse to that folder on the Not installed fonts tab. Then click the View folder/install fonts button at the bottom. For quick work, I still use AMP Font Viewer but when I'm hunting that just right font and sifting through all 3723 fonts I've gathered over the years (yes, I hoard fonts) I definitely use The Font Thing.

jaerdaph
11-28-2007, 10:19 AM
...I did switch to The Font Thing btw....

I ended up making that switch myself after trying both it and AMP. Both are great programs, but in the end The Font Thing worked more in time with my style of working.