That means multiple graphic design packages from Adobe’s flagships Photoshop and Illustrator to thousands of fonts. Yes, it’s absolutely true. You can never have too many fonts. The problem with fonts is not obtaining fonts, it’s managing fonts once they’re obtained.
Apple gives Mac users the Font Book app in OS X but it’s notoriously anemic, hence a variety of add-on utilities that provide more of what font fetishists need. Font Book itself is simple enough to use, there’s just not enough to do all font folks need.
One of my favorite new add-on tools for graphic designers who massage their font fetish is an app called RightFont. Which solves most of the basic font management issues we designers (and wannabes) find. For example, the Mac can hold a gazillion fonts, but not all should be activated into memory at the same time. RightFont can activate or deactivate fonts– wherever they’re saved– with a single click.
Like Font Book, RightFont can let you preview content for any font in realtime but you can customize the text. More expensive font utilities have a feature which will sync fonts between Macs. RightFont has that, too. It also comes with a font library which you can use to choose fonts, and it organizes fonts by classification, including width and weight.
RightFont also has an option to create and manage font lists, but access fonts directly from within Photoshop, Illustrator, and other graphic design apps. That means you find the font you want and get it activated faster than using Font Book.
If you’re a font-loving Mac user you know the problem with managing hundreds or thousands of fonts. Where RightFont excels is in management and speed. The company boasts that the app loads 30,000 apps in less than a second, nearly 20 times faster than Font Book, and up to 10 times faster than other not-named-here font utilities. I don’t know because I have only about 10,000 fonts in my collection and loading them all takes less than a second.
Another great feature font fetishist will appreciate is the auto sync of fonts from Google Fonts or the Adobe TypeKit collection (great for web developers who need online fonts). Importing and exporting fonts is a simple drag and drop.
The app developer’s website may be the best layout and description of a Mac utility I’ve run into through the years, so it’s highly recommended as a place to start. From usage and the feature list RightFont seems to be a lightweight font manager, but only when compared to Suitcase and Font Explorer X, which cost far more. The real value is how easily the features it has are used and that requires a test run. Fortunately, there’s a try-before-you-buy option.