Today, though, let me focus on something else we all have in common. Fonts. What self proclaimed Mac user with a design or graphic bent (not that there’s anything wrong with that) doesn’t have plenty of fonts.
With fonts comes great responsibility. And font pickers.
Picking Fonts The Right Way
Mac users who collect fonts understand the problems with font collections. We all have the same problem. Too many fonts. No, wait. That’s not really accurate.
After all, you can never have too many fonts. Except when your font collection numbers into the thousands and they’re all installed in OS X.
That’s a problem, but most of us fontaholics understand the need to keep fonts in only three folders.
There’s the system folder of fonts. There’s the user folder of fonts in your home folder. And, there’s all the rest of the fonts that go into a disabled fonts folder.
I’ve searched for years for the ultimate font picker; an elegant Mac app that not only displays all the fonts running on your Mac, but all the fonts that are disable, but still taking up residence on your Mac.
One of the newest font pickers is cleverly titled Font Picker. It costs only a few bucks but it only does half of what I want. Yes, it displays all the installed fonts, but I want it to display every single font on my Mac, even those in the highly valued disabled fonts folder.
Font Picker will save the font list as a PDF file, and they can be copied and pasted into any document that handles rich text, but it’s missing the really good features.
If I have to pay money, here’s what I want.
First, any decent font picker needs to pick and display both installed fonts, and disable fonts. Second, there needs to be a quick way to uninstall installed fonts, and install disabled fonts.
That appears more difficult than you’d think, because most font pickers don’t do that.
Finally, I want some way to display fonts and compare fonts in different colors and with different backgrounds. I’m not asking for much, but if an app developer is asking for my money, and without offering a trial version first, then the bar goes a little higher than Font Picker.