FontBase
FontBase
2.8.0

3.6

FontBase free download for Mac

FontBase

2.8.0
18 June 2019

Fast, beautiful, free font manager for designers.

Overview

FontBase gives you all the stability, speed, and reliability of a paid font manager, but free and available on all platforms!.

Features:
  • Font activation
  • Nested folders
  • Collections
  • Auto-sync
  • Epic performance
  • Beautiful UI

What's new in FontBase

Version 2.8.0:
  • SuperSearch: Awesome subscribers can now search fonts by optical properties. Learn more in our blog post!
  • Adobe XD compatibility: Fonts should now be activated properly (Adobe XD might still need to be relaunched, but that is not up to us).
  • Improved toolbar UI: We now have two toolbar levels where we can add more stuff in the coming updates!
  • Performance improvements.

Requirements for FontBase

  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.10.0 or later

14 FontBase Reviews

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@timi
01 September 2017

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I'm with B-Jefferson, this app is not beautiful. They went out of their way to move the window controls to the wrong side. This is a Mac app, it should have at least *some* of the Mac standards. Well, I lied. It's not a Mac app, it uses Electron, so it's a web-app wrapped in a processor hog. Don't use it. "For designers" Hell, this app needs a designer.
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Version 2.1.3
cjred
28 June 2019
looks like an electron app though...
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Version 2.8.0
Gprovan
16 June 2019
I've just had several frustrating days with this. I dragged several thousand fonts over a few days into the app and only a fraction of them appear. It seems to ignore a fair chunk of them without any notifcation. The website is pretty scant on information like; what font formats does it support?; is there a limit to how many fonts can be added, etc.? I would consider upgrading to the subscription if it worked better with the basics.
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Version 2.7.0
Septimus
14 December 2017
"By default, FontBase recognizes only your system installed fonts. So your user fonts on Mac will be not displayed by default." This is a deal breaker for me, I only want the fonts installed which are absolutely required by the system. I am never going to put 25.000+ fonts in the user system font folder. Looks very promising otherwise.
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Version 2.3.0
frans-3
21 November 2017
Ah wait: the activated fonts ONLY stay activated to use as long as FontBase is running! As soon as you quit FontBase activated fonts are deactivated.
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Version 2.2.3
frans-3
17 November 2017
There where I few fonts I brought in form an external attached drive. I created a new folder on my main HD and put some Fonts in there, then I added that to FontBase. They DO work. So only fonts on the startup disk can be activated and deactivated... Why??? Large collections of fonts are kept on my external drive and that I want to keep that way...
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Version 2.2.3
Wunderhorn
11 November 2017
Unlocks features only after enrolling for a subscription. If you want some love from your users don't do this. The subscription model is nasty and unethical and completely inappropriate for little tools like this of which some people use dozens. If you want money for it, sell it the normal way, and that is perfectly fine. Basic features look nice though I would wish there was a very quick and easy way to delete fonts when browsing through them.
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Version 2.2.3
@timi
01 September 2017
I'm with B-Jefferson, this app is not beautiful. They went out of their way to move the window controls to the wrong side. This is a Mac app, it should have at least *some* of the Mac standards. Well, I lied. It's not a Mac app, it uses Electron, so it's a web-app wrapped in a processor hog. Don't use it. "For designers" Hell, this app needs a designer.
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Version 2.1.3
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
13 August 2017
What's beautiful about a flat, black and white interface? Generally, when an app is cross-platform a decent UI is too much to expect. Design has to fit the lowest common denominator—as it appears to do here. And check out the web site. The animation runs so fast it's impossible to tell what's being demonstrated. The video here on MacUpdate doesn't run at all. Apple's native Font Book will activate and deactivate fonts. You can create collections with it. And it previews fonts just fine. Admittedly the UI is bare bones, but it gets the job done. What Font Book offers that FontBase does not is a list of fonts. The font list and the preview window are available side-by-side. Font Book flags duplicate fonts and enables you to choose which copy you want to remove. As well it can validate fonts, checking them for corruption. There are several modestly priced—and some not so modestly priced—font managers out there. I can't imagine why the developer thinks we need another one, or what he imagines he can offer that others don't. Sorry to be so negative, but FontBase just seems to duplicate what's already been done. That said, the Windows and Linux versions might be useful. But the Mac version is less capable than even Apple's built-in font manager.
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Version 2.1.2
1 answer(s)
Dominik Levitsky
Dominik Levitsky
14 August 2017
Thanks for a constructive comment and criticism, it's always appreciated.

The beautiful things about interfaces is not their visual look and feel in the first place. The main thing about interfaces is the ease of usage and simplicity in understanding. Which is FontBase focused on: to be as simple as possible with a clean and modern look, without any other distractions. This is what most of the other apps are heavily lacking.

Regarding the other differences. Yes, most of the functionality of FontBase is the same as in many other alternatives. But two things are different: FontBase is much much faster then other apps and is free. We wanted to create a product that offers same functionality as most paid apps, but is free and accessible to every designer, even for the beginners. And we have that most apps don't have: really great speed even with thousands of fonts.

And last, most commercial apps are heavyweight and can't allow themselves to make some drastic changes in the interface or experiment with some features. We can do that, though. We want to introduce new cool features that can be really useful for everyone.. Right now we have the core product done. The development will not stop and from here it will only get better.
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doomcross1
12 August 2017
A great replacement for FontCase, if you loved that. I tried many different font managers and really, FontBase has all of the features of a paid font manager. So why to pay more? The preview page is also a good idea. The thing that is really missing is a character map support and a specimen page. Hope to see that in next updates. Cheers.
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Version 2.1.2
frans-3
10 August 2017
I have no idea who wrote the reviews saying it works, but still the latest version (2.1.x) simply does not work in at least Sierra: nothing gets activated, not in OS X apps (like TextEdit) nor in apps like Adobe InDesign etc. Do not believe the reviews that say otherwise: IT DOES NOT WORK...
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Version 2.0.2
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