The Mac brought light to the dark ages of fonts, back then but it was a difficult time to be a font lover. The choices in fonts were slim and expensive. Today, fonts abound, not quite a dime a dozen, but affordably priced and high quality.
$7,000 Laser Printer And 4 Fonts
Admittedly, I’m dating myself. My original Apple LaserWriter printer came with a hefty $7,000 price tag and four fonts (Times, Courier, Helvetica, and Symbol).
Adobe brought additional Postscript fonts to market and priced them like parts for a Rolls Royce.
Those of us who needed a wider variety of fonts were forced to create our own. We’d start with the plentiful bit-mapped fonts available for the Mac, and convert them using Fontographer.
Those were the days. While I still cannot afford the thousands of dollars for a life-time supply of Adobe’s high class fonts, I can afford FontKit. 600 OpenType fonts for your Mac in a single package.
Download, double-click, and install. Here’s a small look at what you get.
This is a collection of fonts to use however you wish. Commercial or personal. Mac or Windows.
Startup the installer and a few seconds later all the fonts are installed. The package contains Latin 1252, Central European 1250, and other character sets, including localizations for many languages.
My view of fonts in the 21st century is that you can never have enough.
FontKit is nominally priced, considering both the number, quality, and cross-platform capability of the package.
What’s missing is a little more control over the installation process. The installer dumped all the Fonts into the System Library/Fonts folder, which isn’t how I prefer to organize fonts.
What’s needed is a font management utility that can group fonts so they can be installed as needed, rather than all at once. If you have one of the half dozen Mac font management utilities, then all you’ll need to do is dig the fonts out of the System/Fonts folder.
These are fonts you’re not likely to have in your collection so they’re more than worth a look.