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Font Wizard is an innovative font manager for Mac that helps you find and view fonts and characters quickly.

Features:

  • View your font collection quickly and easily
  • Fast scrolling WYSIWYG font list
  • Innovative "Quick Mix Suggestions"
  • Activate fonts
  • Supports both installed and uninstalled fonts
  • Organize fonts by Energy-Color!
  • Automatic smart font categorization
  • Supports: PostScript, OpenType, TrueType and Dfont font formats

What's New

Version 2.0:
  • New body copy view
  • Auto activate fonts on app launch

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later

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Memphisbird Member IconComment+62
Memphisbird
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The MacUpdate page says this app is $24.99, but it is $9.99 and well worth it. You can buy it directly from the developer's site or in the Mac App Store.

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Version 2.0
Grhsvo Member IconReview+66
Grhsvo
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Sorry, Font Wizard is just as deficient as all the other font utilities I've scrutinized. Somehow, this is a software tool category that developers seem determined shall languish in obscurity and uselessness forever.

Font Wizard does indeed display even my uninstalled fonts which gives it a big advantage over the other also-rans but then, for some reason, it has not been given the privilege of any preferences, leaving all font names forever displayed WYSIWYG in the left hand table, which is absolutely useless since actual appearance is already as visible as can be, in the right hand field where it is needed.
Also, it would be so helpful if a font could just be drag-and-dropped into the utility but no, one must use a clumsy menu command. Sigh.

I would gladly pay $100 for a font utility that does it all. These are pesky little files that need better management than Apple gives us. I have 50,000 of them and am seriously handicapped by the inability to manage them in a sensible way. Just about the only thing that keeps me alive these days is the dream that somewhere, somehow, sometime, a hero will emerge and fill this glaring void. Alas, Font Wizard is not the answer. Not yet, anyway.

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Version 1.0
B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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Linotype FontExplorer X Pro (http://www.fontexplorerx.com/mac/) is my solution of choice. While it will not preview uninstalled fonts, you can put any or all of your fonts in the FontExplorer Library and have access to them as needed. You can organize them any way you like and activate only the sets or individual fonts you want to use. It has the advantage of not cluttering up the default font folders in OS X, though you can access these as well. It is much easier to use than Apple's Font Book and much more powerful. FontExplorer X Pro is $79.

For previewing installed and uninstalled fonts, Font Pilot (http://www.bkeeney.com/products/fontpilot) does the job well enough - though you have to select fonts to display them. This function works very well in conjunction with Default Folder X, which will display the fonts you highlight without opening them in the Font Pilot window. Font Pilot is reasonably priced, in my opinion, at $15.95 and is available from the developer rather than the Mac App Store, if that makes a difference. A demo is available. While it is not a font manager, it handles the issue you seem to be most concerned about.

Combined, FontExplorer X and Font Pilot come in under the $100 target you mention.

Tobiasm
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FontExplorer X Pro has no problem to display uninstalled fonts. The fonts can be stored anywhere on your HD , it is simply a matter of setting that in the preferences (Preferences->Advanced: Uncheck "Organize Font Files"). Now you can drag any font or folder into the FontExplorer window and they will be previewed, can be activated etc. No additional tools needed.

B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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@ Tobiasm: That's a good point. It never occurred to me to use FontExplorer that way, that is, without importing fonts into the FontExplorer Font Library. One advantage I can think of for the Library is that I can reorganize fonts in their source folders without breaking the links to them in the FE browser. But it's good to know that other workflows are supported.

Memphisbird
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While I agree that it is strange there are no actual preferences as we are used to seeing, and turning off WYSIWYG viewing in the left column should be an option, it is most assuredly not useless. In fact, I find it to be an excellent feature. I do not want to have to click click click or arrow down down down or up up up to see the font preview. I love being able to quickly scroll down the left column to pick out a font to view.

Also, I think the Options menu IS what we normally think of as preferences, and maybe the developer could add an option to turn of the WYSIWYG view. I would also like an option to deactivate a font. I'm not sure what the benefit is of the Delete Font button. It just deletes it from Font Wizard view, but not from the computer.

I would also like to be able to tell at a glance which fonts are activated and which are not.

I think this app has big potential. Coming from !@#$! Fontcase, I thought I would miss tagging, but I can definitely work with the categorizing in Font Wizard, and I don't have go through the !@#$ App Store either, which is always a plus to me.

Gryphonent Member IconReview+444
Gryphonent
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Isn't FontBook offering all of these features already?

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Version 1.0
Grhsvo
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FontBook has one unbelievably annoying shortcoming — it will only deal with _installed_ fonts. I have a huge number of uninstalled fonts. I have still not found a utility that will catalog ALL of my fonts (as opposed to all of my INSTALLED fonts. Time now to test this Font Wizard to see what it does.

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Bigmanfrankm
Version 2.0
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Downloads 647
Version Downloads 481
License Demo
Date 15 Mar 2012
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $9.99
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