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Post Sat Jul 19, 2008 12:03 pm

Organising fonts on PC

How is it best to organise fonts on PC?

I have several loaded, and several on various disc's and some stored on hard drive but not loaded in windows.

When it come to look for a particular font not loaded i then have to search using a font viewer.

Would I be best to load ever font I have, or what?

Looking forward to your thoughts

Richard
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Post Sun Jul 20, 2008 5:30 am

At one of my older jobs I think we used Adobe Opentype to manage fonts. It lets you enable disable fonts so they are available to applications without needing to load them onto the system. Not sure if it works in the same manner but you might want to check it out.
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Post Sun Jul 20, 2008 6:18 am

You need a font manager. :D

http://www.extensis.com/en/products/fon ... 1QodXkcjkA

Suitcase is a good choice, but there are others.
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Post Sun Jul 20, 2008 9:47 am

Richard,

I use Maintype. Excellent programme for installing and viewing fonts. You have to pay (about £30 or so I think) but there is a free 30 day demo.

http://www.high-logic.com/maintype.html

Support excellent too - very prompt response.

Re: organisation, I saved all my fonts into alphabetical sub-directories (all the 'A's, all the 'B's etc.) You can then view and install/uninstall as necessary. There is then a separate directory to show all installed fonts.

Hope helps.

Martin
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Post Sun Jul 20, 2008 1:40 pm

suitcase is a bit naff on the PC.. i uninstalled it... it doesn't auto open suitcases as it does on the mac so makes it a bit limited.

I now just overload a PC with all the main fonts we use.. about 1500 or so... doesn't really effect the performance of a PC's as it used to do.
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Post Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:35 pm

I use FontExplorerX from Linotype on the Mac side. It's free. I'm not sure of how well it works on the Windows side.

http://www.linotype.com/fontexplorerX

It works really well on the Mac side though IMO. I liked ATM when it was on the Mac side but it is no longer being updated. I did use it for a while when the other department I use to work in here had PC's and it was just ok. I've used Suitcase on the Mac and I'm not to wild about it.
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Post Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:00 pm

Dave Rowland wrote:suitcase is a bit naff on the PC.. i uninstalled it... it doesn't auto open suitcases as it does on the mac so makes it a bit limited.

I now just overload a PC with all the main fonts we use.. about 1500 or so... doesn't really effect the performance of a PC's as it used to do.
Just 1500....I've crippled mine with about 5500!! Doesn't really do much harm as far as Windows performance goes - but Signlab is less than impressed when you want to scroll through the TT fonts list with a preview!
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Post Tue Jul 22, 2008 7:21 am

I use this for the PC Free open source and works very well. AMP font viewer

http://selectfreeware.com/node/298


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Post Tue Jul 22, 2008 11:41 am

Simon Strom wrote:I use FontExplorerX from Linotype on the Mac side. It's free. I'm not sure of how well it works on the Windows side.

http://www.linotype.com/fontexplorerX

It works really well on the Mac side though IMO. I liked ATM when it was on the Mac side but it is no longer being updated. I did use it for a while when the other department I use to work in here had PC's and it was just ok. I've used Suitcase on the Mac and I'm not to wild about it.


I never really got to grips with ATM. :(

Been using FontAgent Pro for a few years now.
www.insidersoftware.com
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Post Tue Jul 22, 2008 1:46 pm

Checkout The Font Thing:

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~scef/index.html

Free, versatile and enables you to use fonts without permanently installing them.

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Richard Fulford

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Post Mon Jul 28, 2008 10:27 am

I have AMP font viewer get on well with it.

Thanks for all the suggestions, i'am sure it has helped others as well.

Thanks again.

Richard

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