Are you a designer who deals with hundreds or thousands of fonts? Can’t remember which fonts you used in a project that you worked on last month? Tired of previewing different fonts but still couldn’t see the difference between them?
You need a good font manager because it will help make your work much easier and efficient. Notice we mentioned “good”? In fact, there are many font manager apps out there that work for Windows or macOS. For example, Apple has Font Book built into all Macs but it’s not really that great.
Top 5 List of Best Font Manager for Mac Software. Real People, Real Reviews Only on: Here is a List of Top 5 Best Font Manager for Mac. Four Free Font Managers. Font Xplorer 1.2.2 is an excellent free font manager and could be considered the next step up in terms of functionality. For Mac Users Linotype FontExplorer X.
Enter Typeface 2 — a beautiful font manager app that makes it a breeze to pick the right font for your designs, saving you time and headache. In this Typeface review, we’ll dive into the app and see how it works and whether it’s worth it.
In the above video, i have talked about Best Font management apps for Windows and Mac OS. Most of the Windows Font Management apps are Free and for Mac most of them are paid.
What is Typeface 2?
Typeface is a font manager app for Mac, which focuses on organizing and previewing fonts. It’s a tool all about fonts. With it, you can pick the font you need, review and even compare different fonts within the app, import other fonts you like, and more.
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Here’s the main interface of the app, once you install it on your Mac.
How does Typeface Work?
All the features of Typeface 2 aim at helping you be more organized at fonts so you same time picking the best fonts for your design projects.
After you installed the Typeface, you will see the sleek and beautiful interface like above. The sidebar is for tag management, with all fonts showing in the main interface. You can collapse the sidebar, go to the Quick Collection, enter your text, customize the font size and search. As I mentioned before, the two main functions of Typeface are: manage and preview.
1. Font Management
With the flexible tagging system, Typeface can help you be more organized. You can add the new tag in its sidebar, easily drag the font you need to the tag, and all the fonts can be easily found by using the tag.
The tag system is incredibly helpful especially when you are working with different design projects. For example, you are a freelancer designer and your clients have totally different UI/UX styles for branding.
The tag system will be like your personal assistant. You can add a new tag and name it for your project. Under the project, you can create the sub-tag to organize your fonts clearly. You can also come back and check the projects you worked a long time ago.
For me, the tag system is extremely smart and easy to use. I really love the way it helps me organize fonts on different projects.
2. Font Preview
Before I use Typeface 2, I usually preview fonts by clicking every potential font and see how it looks. Honestly, it’s a headache and takes lots of time.
Typeface app allows you to enter text to preview them right away. When you are picking the right font, it’s way more efficient than the old-school clicking and applying every font method. Instead, all you have to do is sit back, scroll and pick the right one. Sounds pretty cool, right?
3. Font Comparison
Another useful feature is font comparison. Basically, it shows two overlapping fonts directly, and you will find out the differences easily, even if they are tiny.
So, how do you compare? First, choose one font as the basic font, then right-click the font and select “Compare”. See below:
Magic comes…The red and blue color will be shown right in front of your eyes. Remember the blue color is the basic font, and the red is the comparison one. For me, it’s much easier and more visible to do the comparison than by using my memory which can be inaccurate sometimes.
4. Font Import
Last but not least, if there are some fonts that you can’t find on Typeface, you can import them. For example, Google fonts are quite popular if you work on design projects for tech companies. Just click the circle “+” icon and choose “Import Fonts”, you are good to go.
Pricing & Platform Compatibility
As of this writing, Typeface 2 is currently available for macOS only.
You can get it on Mac App Store ($19.99) for a one-time fee, or go for a subscription model on Setapp that has a free 7-day trial and then $9.99 per month. Obviously, Setapp is more expensive, but note that you also get dozens of other cool Mac apps for free. So it’s your choice.
Is Typeface Worth It?
In my opinion, if you are a designer who works with hundreds or thousands of fonts, a font manager like Typeface will absolutely save you time and make you more productive.
Is Typeface fast? Is it stable? Does it have enough fonts that I can choose? My answer to those questions is — yes! Typeface is fast, easy, smooth and beautiful. Personally, I love the font management and preview features.
I’m not a professional designer, but sometimes I also need to work with fonts. I might remember the fonts I used on one project two weeks ago, but definitely not two years ago. So, Typeface is a real productivity tool for me. I have no problem sending their team 20 bucks to get this awesome app. By the way, I’m using Setapp now and it’s almost free.
So, it’s totally worth it to me. However, if you are used to previewing, compare and manage fonts your way and you don’t have that many fonts to take care of, you may not need Typeface 2.
Typeface 2 is a great font management and preview app. The team behind it truly understand designers’ needs and make our work easier. The sleek and minimalist interface is so friendly and pleasing.
I like the app very much and will gladly keep it on my Mac. I recommend Typeface 2 for designers who work on a Mac.
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Well, it was a long time coming, but I've been through the trenches and come up, sucking chest wound and all, with the Ars review of font management programs. I've also succeeded in not completely losing my mind while the developers updated the apps, nullifying half my criticisms in the process. Giving a lot of time to these programs in a production setting is crucial to seeing how they perform on a daily basis, and I am confident I've thrown enough varied scenarios at each to find out where they succeed and fail.
To people outside of design and typography, I'm sure that the words 'font manager' sound like something taking itself way too seriously—like some sort of gilded spice rack—but for those that need to work with fonts on a daily basis, the font manager is serious business. To prepress houses and service bureaus, it is the pit stop: you turn it on, hit Print, and go deal with the real work—the more time you have to spend dealing with the font management/activation process, the less money you are making. For designers that juggle a range of clients and projects, working with fonts is more a nebulous creative ritual of feeling a brand, and it demands a tool worthy of the task.
In simpler times, you pulled open a drawer, chose between the three sets of steel blocks, said 'I don't care who you are, you're getting Garamond,' and that was that. Nowadays clients are wiser and choosier, fonts are cheaper (not making them out of steel helps), and everyone and their dog is making fonts (the dog fonts are terrible; you really don't want to use those). The result is a need to handle and navigate the abundant libraries available while not stifling that creative process. Now, years after Suitcase started the ball rolling on System 6, we're lucky enough to have some very mature font management tools for Mac OS X. The big three reviewed here—Insider FontAgent Pro, Linotype FontExplorer X, and Extensis Suitcase Fusion—are now all Universal Binaries for Intel Macs. After a slow and rocky start for font management on Mac OS X, it's now good times for font junkies. So with the stage set, let's see how they fared.
- Dual G5 2.0
- 4.5GB RAM
- Mac OS X 10.4.8
- MacBook Pro 2.0 CoreDuo
- 2GB RAM
- Mac OS X 10.4.8
- Insider FontAgent Pro 3.3.0
- Linotype FontExplorer 1.1
- Extensis Suitcase Fusion 12.1.3
But why not use Apple's Font Book?
Before we start, I have to field this question since I know some people are wondering why they should consider spending a dime or bandwidth grabbing a new font manager when Mac OS X seems to have its own included. I'll give a few reasons why Font Book, while a nice utility and a welcome addition to the system, is not enough for professional font management needs:
- You can only preview one font at a time, making it very slow for finding new fonts for a project.
- It doesn't do auto-activation.
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That may not seem like a long list of strikes but collectively that puts Font Book in the doghouse for real-world professional use. If you use the same small set of fonts for most of your work, then it might be good enough, but it is still rather limited in features compared to the apps tested here.