My hobby is fonts. So says my significant other. I started collecting fonts a few years ago. Without even trying to find font packages my Mac has a few thousand fonts already. The real problem with fonts on a Mac isn’t the wide variety of font types. It’s managing fonts.
Recently I worked on a graphic project with a friend who needed a wider variety of fonts for a pesky, picky client. That got me to looking around for a font management tool (one I could afford) that I could use.
Font-Wizard was the first on my list. It won’t be the last. Some functions I like. Some I don’t.
For example, I have thousands of fonts from various packages but I don’t want all of them stuffed into the Mac’s Fonts folder at the same time. Font-Wizard will load up specific collections of fonts and activate them for use in an app as you need.
Fonts can be organized and categorized using a built-in function (or make your own). The font list scrolls quickly through hundreds of fonts, and, very importantly, I can view installed fonts and uninstalled fonts.
The interface is self explanatory. Select fonts in the left column, view them on a user defined color background.
The built-in font collections are based on basics; text fonts, sans-serif, serif, thematic fonts, expert fonts, and others.
Who knew there were so many different font styles. TrueType, OpenType, PostScript and others. What I don’t understand is why the fonts are displayed in their native font style on the left and in the WYSIWYG column to the right.
Plus, there’s no drag and drop to activate, re-group or categorize fonts. Altogether, Font-Wizard isn’t bad for the money, but not as feature filled as FontExplorer X (for a lot more money). I’m still looking for the nirvana font app.