Some of us collect fonts and that means font management. Fonts can be managed manually, but oddly enough, not easily managed by the Font Book app that Apple gives each Mac user. There are system fonts which are required for the Mac to run properly, and there are fonts which most apps use, and there are fonts you buy and install and those are the ones that need a bit of management.
That’s where the Typeface app comes in. My collection of fonts goes back a few decades and I’ve tried every Mac font utility in the solar system, but rejoiced when I ran into Typeface a couple of years ago.
Typeface lets you browse through installed fonts, font collections in folders, or fonts you save anywhere on your Mac or iCloud, and makes them easy to view, and just as easy to install on your Mac.
View your fonts as dark over white, or white over dark. Typeface even lets you see all the built-in Unicode characters for each font so you can see the differences that are not easily seen.
Pick out a collection of fonts and print as a PDF to share with clients or co-workers. Typeface makes it a breeze to integrate fonts into your Mac with easy activation and de-activation. It displays baselines, x-height, standard and discretionary ligatures, cap height, and has a built in font comparison mode.
- Perfectly rendered previews from installed fonts or fonts in a directory
- Custom preview text and size that let you view the fonts the way you want
- Preview and manage all your Font Book collections
- Put font candidates into a Quick Collection to review them later
- List and grid overviews
- Reveal all the little differences with font compare overlays
- Unicode characters
- Night mode: no need for wearing your sunglasses at night
- Letter s p a c i n g
- Outlined previews
- Metrics overlay
- Standard and discretionary ligatures
Typeface comes with keyboard shortcuts to speed up your workflow with multiple batch actions. Fonts that don’t contain characters you specify in the filter can be turned off and hidden from view.
The features I use the most is font organization, activation, and de-activation. Typeface makes it trivial to find and select fonts and turn them on. There is much to like here. Typeface is affordable, updated often enough to avoid the abandonware monicker for applications which have a niche user base.
My thanks to Jeffrey for finding Typeface and making sure it was installed on my Mac. I love it. Highly recommended.