Font management software is essential for someone who works with fonts. macOS comes with its own font manager called Font Book, but it crashes in some aspects and that is why we recommend using a third-party font manager app. It’s a major must-have tool, especially if you’re involved in graphic design or typography.
A good font manager helps in activating, renaming, viewing, or uninstalling fonts from Mac. Here are the best font management tools available for macOS.
It is very important for a font manager to help you search for fonts and organize the same across different categories. This is where TypeFace 2 excels. The app offers a comprehensive font-by-font comparison feature while letting you cherrypick fonts by placing one font over another.
TypeFace 2 also stands out from the competition with its minimalistic user interface and smooth flow between menus. This application is able to manage imported fonts automatically by creating different folders. The makers of this software understand that staring at fonts for too long can cause eye strain and this is the reason they included Dark Mode.
Download: TypeFace ($19.99 with free trial)
It is very important for a designer to equip themselves with as many fonts as possible. Fontbase is the only free Mac-based font manager on this list and it can still keep up with some of the premium paid alternatives. Font management on Font base is handled via nested menus and the basic user interface adds to the simplicity.
Other highlights of Fontbase include the ability to drag and drop fonts and preview multiple fonts at once. On the flipside, the grid display options are limited to FontBase Pro. If you are looking for a basic free font management tool for Mac then Fontbase is a great choice.
Download: Fontbase (Free)
Most of us have trouble remembering font names. Wordmark.it was conceived to help you find the font you want without having to overload your gray cells. Wordmark.it is a browser-based tool and offers access to your font library.
The best part is the way this web app works. All you need to do is type in the words and then click “Load Fonts.” In the next step, the tool searches your hard drive for all fonts. This is a very useful feature as another alternative restricts font canning to a single directory. Lastly, Wordmark.it has one of the best font preview features that any Mac-based font management tool has to offer.
Flipping Typical is another browser-based font manager that can be used for your Mac. This tool lets you type and compare fonts in one go. Automatically detects fonts on your computer in all font libraries (requires Flash). You can also use keyboard shortcuts to toggle various options like bold/italics and get a better understanding of how the font will look.
Font Picker is a free font management app for your Mac. This app lets you mark fonts as favorites and view all available fonts in one menu. Font Picker is a simple tool that aims to help you preview fonts.
This tool is also available as a web app and this is where things get tedious. The preview in the web app is not clear and it is very difficult to see more than a few fonts at once. However, the web app still gives you the option to delete the font and reset the font appearance.
Thanks to timely updates, Font Explorer Pro is now more successful than ever. The Font Tile view is useful because it displays the first two letters of the font name on each tile. If you want more information about a font all you need to do is hover your mouse over the font. Apart from that this app also lets you change the foreground, background color and add rounded corners to the tiles.
The Detect Fonts in Documents feature is my personal favorite. This feature lets you scan a document for fonts without opening the document. Font Explorer Pro supports plug-ins for applications from Adobe and Quark. Lastly, the feature that lets you preview blocks of text on any web page comes in handy, especially if you’re a developer/graphic designer.
Download: Font Explorer Pro ($100 with free trial)
RightFont 5 was created with the aim of helping designers and creators manage their fonts in apps. The RightFont is a simple app that cuts hair while focusing on the essentials. This app can be accessed anytime from your menu and you can also favorite fonts from the menu bar itself.
The RightFont 5 also lets you change the Font Preview and Font Size in real-time. Apart from enabling/disabling fonts, this app will also let you preview local fonts. You can use fonts in Photoshop by simply selecting the layer and double-clicking on the font. Right Font 5 also lets you share fonts via cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive.
Download: RightFont 5 ($40 with free trial)
FontAgent 8 is a simple font management app for Mac. FontAgent 8 comes with basic options and offers multiple font display views. The sidebar is dedicated to folders and other font management features. Other highlights of FontAgent 8 include Adobe Typekit integration, font search engine, Table View, auto-activation plugin for Adobe Creative Cloud and FontAgent Sync.
If you are an existing FontAgent user than you can opt for a V8 upgrade license or a FontAgent Sync subscription for $59/Year. As part of the Sync license, you’ll get software upgrades, support, and access to Insider cloud services.
Download: FontAgent 8 ($99 with free trial)
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