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FontDoc is a dead simple program which shows you all of the fonts on your system using any text and any size you choose. Finally, no more squinting at microscopic WYSIWYG font menus or having to click on a font to see what it looks like.

FontDoc simply spits out a Rich Text document containing samples of all your fonts. Save it or print it for future reference. I'm hoping for big time-savings when I have to pick the perfect typeface for the titles in my next iMovie.

I [the developer] am also really hoping FontDoc will be rendered obsolete by something in a future version of Font Book. But until then, it's more...

What's New

Version 1.2.1:
  • Fixes bug where printing in Leopard would only produce one page of output
  • Fixes bug where no fonts would appear in Jaguar
  • Corrupt fonts may cause crashes. Please don't use them.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.2 or later

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Drbones666 Member IconReview+3
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Did exactly what I wanted: View a folder full of fonts AND IT DID IT FOR FREE! Doesn't get better than that.

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Version 1.2.1
Maeric Member IconReview+18
Maeric
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I use this on Snow Leopard and it does something I haven't seen on other font viewers; look at fonts NOT installed on my system. That means I can pull up a folder of typefaces that is on another connected drive and view them in wysiwyg.

The similar software shown above isn't in the same league because of this feature; they only show installed fonts. For those who have large font collections or are designers FontDoc is a beauty.

(10.7 or 10.8? I haven't tried but the developer could enhance this with a few bells and whistles and I'd pay... gladly. )

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Version 1.2.1
Misjase Member IconReview+2
Misjase
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I much appreciate this application. It is free, a gift to the Mac community. It displays not only installed fonts (well enough, imho) but fonts not installed as well! - given my needs the feature I value the most. It has also been stable, as yet (still running 10.3.9 here...).

Side thought on stability: FontDoctor (or other font managers with such built-in features) may be of help to detect and even repair fonts which could cause FontDoc (and perhaps any application using fonts) to behave unstable.

While this application certainly could improve, or rather evolve, if it would not I still consider it a gem which I will continue to rely on until its best features comes with Apple's Font Book, or any other related application which I will probably need anyway, for activating/deactivating fonts, etc...

To the Developer: Thank you!

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Version 1.2.1
Drdul Member IconReview+448
Drdul
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A nice little app that does what I want (it shows me what fonts look like) and nothing more. It runs fine on my MacBook Pro with OS X 10.5.6. I haven't encountered the problems which Grid Splicer reports below.

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Version 1.2.1
jenova1 Member IconComment+0
jenova1
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Ok turns out that characters palette problem was bound to occur with or without FontDoc.

Still would love to know why all my fonts aren't displayed in FontDoc though.

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Version 1.1.3
jenova1 Member IconComment+0
jenova1
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This App looks good and sounds good and i've been hoping to find something like it for a while now. Unfortunately it's not as smart as it seems. Where is it reading these fonts from? They don't match up with the hundreds of fonts listed in my extensis suitcase fonts! Does it select only certain fonts? How come only two fonts are shown when I select recently used fonts? Two fonts that I actually haven't recently used!

On top of that, I searched through the menus and opened the special characters window under the edit menu...BAD IDEA! The window wouldn't close! Then I restarted and everytime any window would open or be selected the special characters window would flash open and then quickly close! Amazing how FontDoc screwed up my system!

I hope the developer has a fix for this cause this is bad...very bad.

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Version 1.1.3
Dinh Member IconComment+3
Dinh
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Very handy application!

I really really really would like to see a favorites option so I can pick off ones that I like so I can narrow the list of choices.. Perhaps just another list box to the side where I can drag stuff over? I guess it may not work that easily as its a RTF, but perhaps something similar can be done? Perhaps opening up the source?

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Version 1.1.3
everyday software Member IconReview+5
everyday software
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I was just thinking about how handy an app exactly like this would be while I was tediously selecting font after font in Photoshop. After a quick search I found FontDoc. I love the ability to set the preview text to get exactly the look I'm going for. Great little app!

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Version 1.1.3
tim27 Member IconComment+555
tim27
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Thanks for the Intel update to this great app!!

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Version 1.1.3
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Anonymous
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This is a must have for graphic designers. In other apps, like Apple's Fontbook or FontAgent, you need to cycle through different fonts. In FontDoc you are able to view your text in different fonts right next to each other to see how it looks. What a great little app, and fairly quick even when loading several hundred fonts. Cheers to the author!

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Version 1.1.2
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Version 1.2.1
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Appleater
Version 1.2.1
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Version 1.2.1
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Version 1.2.1
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Downloads 19,622
Version Downloads 12,576
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Date 21 Jan 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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