Me and Mac fonts have had a long running love affair dating back to beige Macs from the last century. There once was a time when Adobe had a lock on Mac and Windows and their collection still rules as the highest quality available, but you’ll need to get a second mortgage on your house to afford them. Elsewhere, fonts are available for free to a few dollars for a thousand fonts; some decent, some not, but the old adage holds true– you can never have too many fonts.
For many of us the question about fonts boils down to how you manage fonts. There are expensive font utilities that let you activate and deactivate specific font collections, preview fonts with all the goodies the better fonts have that cheaper ones do not. Or, you can just create your own collection and then try to remember to drag and drop to activate or deactivate and hope your graphic or page layout app remembers to load the new fonts.
There is a better way and it’s a handy, nifty, easier, faster and modestly inexpensive Mac font utility called Typeface.
What you get in Typeface is what most of us Fontaholics really want. Accurate font previews, collections of font styles, quick activate and deactivate– anything else is icing on the cake. Well, that’s exactly what you get with this Mac font utility.
Typeface is friendly and not arcane. Control and manage your font collection the way you want. I keep mine in my Documents folder, then keep it synced up to iCloud so fonts are available on both Macs I use; the desktop iMac, and the road warrior MacBook Pro.
Browse through installed fonts, or load up custom folders. There’s even live customization of preview text and size. Select a font and right-click to activate or deactivate.
Font collections are just as easy to manage because it’s all drag and drop. Select the font from wherever it is on your Mac, then drag and drop to the appropriate collection.
Typeface has a few modern Mac functions, too. For fonts with Unicode characters you can view and compare them with characters from another font. Not only are fonts easy to manage in a collection of folders you choose, but Typeface also lets you view ligatures and metrics, display baselines, look at x-height, cap height and more.
Pick out a collection of fonts and export the whole shebang to a PDF file to share with others. If your font collection is like mine and stuffed with about 10,000 fonts of varying quality, they can be searched and viewed as collections with built-in filters.
Yep, there’s even a dark mode.
Typeface bridges the gap between managing fonts manually and paying for expensive font management utilities. It’s priced right, works great, and comes with only two negatives I can see (and it’s not the price; that’s a bargain). First, it’s Mac App Store only so there’s no try-before-you-buy option. Second, I would like to see a way to keep settings and collections between Macs either exactly the same or completely different, but my choice with a click.
Otherwise, if you have fonts and manage fonts, Typeface is a bargain.