FontDoctor
FontDoctor
10.7

3.5

FontDoctor free download for Mac

FontDoctor10.7

31 December 2019

Diagnose and repair damaged fonts.

Overview

FontDoctor is a professional software tool that locates and eliminates hard-to-find font problems that wreak havoc on Macintosh system performance and applications. FontDoctor has long been the industry standard for font problem diagnosis and repair for publishing and design professionals. FontDoctor will scan your fonts to locate and repair common font illnesses, including missing Postscript fonts, missing bitmaps, corrupt and damaged fonts, font conflicts, and more.

What's new in FontDoctor

Version 10.7:
  • Support for macOS Catalina 10.15
  • Support for Extensis Account login

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42 Reviews of FontDoctor

1
hazepiv
14 July 2017
Version: 10.2.3

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Wow, this is a terrible piece of software. I installed it because I had a problematic font which I assumed Font Doctor would repair but it didn't. The program scanned my system for fonts and gave no warnings about the problematic font at all. Instead it hooked itself into the menu bar and gave popups with every move I made that I should buy the software immediately. I couldn't even disable the software so I had to delete it to make it shut up. Bloatware. Avoid.
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Tim27
31 December 2019
Version: 10.7
This used to be good software 20 years ago when it was bundled with FontAgent. Now it is expensive and often times does not correct font errors, and even creates problems that did not exist prior to running it. Avoid. If you do run it, make sure you backup your fonts before doing so and compare the folders afterwards.
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hazepiv
14 July 2017
Version: 10.2.3
Wow, this is a terrible piece of software. I installed it because I had a problematic font which I assumed Font Doctor would repair but it didn't. The program scanned my system for fonts and gave no warnings about the problematic font at all. Instead it hooked itself into the menu bar and gave popups with every move I made that I should buy the software immediately. I couldn't even disable the software so I had to delete it to make it shut up. Bloatware. Avoid.
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4.5
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
07 June 2017
Version: 10.2.3
I've never had a problem with the basic functions of Font Doctor, including version 10.2.3. Though because I've been using Font Doctor for so long (my oldest receipt is dated February 2002) I rarely find a corrupted font anymore. FD did find some bitmap fonts in my /Library/Fonts folder that had no matching PostScript version. As it happens, I collected the fonts from AppleWorks 6 back in the day and there are Open Type versions of each of the bitmap fonts, so I replaced the bitmap versions with the otf versions and my installed fonts scanned clean. I suspect that if Font Doctor is crashing on you there is something wrong with your system that needs fixing. That's often the case when software doesn't work. Some people's first reaction is to blame the software because that's easier than actually diagnosing the problem. Other times there are compatibility issues, though that's unlikely to be the case unless you're running OS X 10.6.8, Snow Leopard because this version of FontDoctor is compatible with systems back as far as OS X 10.7, Lion, which is rare these days. In the past I have found corrupted fonts. Some could be fixed and some could not. That's the case with most things that get broken. When I couldn't fix a font I looked for a clean version in my extensive font collections. You can also find replacements online, but they usually cost money. If the corrupted fonts are among the fonts installed by OS X, then you may have to reinstall the system. It might be easier to install OS X on an external hard drive and replace the corrupted fonts (that cannot be fixed) with the clean versions in the OS X (macOS now) install. Of course you will need some basic knowledge about where OS X installs fonts before you can do this properly. FontDoctor's weakest aspect is font organization. You would do better to use the font organization app built into OS X, Font Book—if you don't want to buy a major font utility like FontExplorer or Suitcase. OS X has it's own font organization scheme, which is another reason not to use FontDoctor to rearrange your fonts, unless you organize them within their installed locations so that the system and your applications can still find them. Speaking of PostScript Fonts, I've converted most of my PostScript fonts to OpenType using FontXChange. This eliminates the need to keep track of the bitmap and PostScript versions. This isn't necessary, it's just a neatnick thing. ;-)
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Pismo
28 July 2016
Version: 10.2
This software used to be great back in the day, circa 2009 probably. This newest version, 10.2.1 has finally added back in the ability to scan and organize fonts, or so they say. All it does is crash constantly for me not matter what font folder I have it scanning. If I'm lucky and it makes it through the scan without crashing then it just crashes on the next step while trying to organize the fonts. I wasted good money on this app. It's pretty much worthless these days. I'm running it on a fully updated version of Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.6.
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Shock-J
21 April 2015
Version: 10.0
What happened to this? This used to be a rather robust piece of software. Now all it seems to do is "Quarantine" fonts. What does that actually mean and what the hell good does it do me? What happened to actually "fixing" fonts? What happened to the ability to go inside font suitcases and move things around/remove screen fonts that perhaps you didn't have the printer fonts for, so your suitcase would "match." This is not even a shadow of its former self. Barely worth $7, let alone $70.
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Libertyforall1776
03 March 2014
Version: 8.2.0
8.4.1 is out!
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Raro
16 November 2013
Version: 8.2.0
The linked version is actually version 8.4.0, released on November 9, 2013.
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4.5
Macmaxpr
06 November 2012
Version: 8.2.0
Does what it says. I just re-organized my whole font collection (almost 14,000). Cleaned everything up and now my font manager is working properly, plus I don't have any more font problems with different applications. Best part? It came with my copy of Extensis Suitcase Fusion 4. I just ordered my $50 upgrade for Fusion4 and this little guy (version 8) came bundled for free! Nice! Thanks!
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Donmontalvo
14 August 2012
Version: 8.1.0
What a horrible site...unintuitive, almost designed to frustrate potential customers and drive them away. :) I have Font Doctor 7...I want to upgrade to Font Doctor 8...I left a voicemail message...not expecting a call back...if they do call me and we get this upgrade completed, happy to post a followup.
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1.5
stafmans
13 November 2011
Version: 8.1.0
I recently acquired quite a number of fonts and had question marks about some of the files. Mac Fontbook gave error messages and I was looking for a possibility to repair them. Too soon I bought me a license of FontDoctor, which is in my opinion an overrated and overpriced application. It doesn't give as much detailed info on what's wrong with the font as the free Mac Fontbook does. It never repaired anything and even indicated fonts to be OK, when it was clear by the use of the font, that it wasn't OK at all. I approached the developer for support and was asked to send the font. That was the last thing I ever heard about it. Furthermore I want to warn about the instability. I know I have a lot of fonts, but half of the time the program just completely quits during startup. The only nice thing I could discover is the ability to organize your font files, but that would even be more useful in combination with a good renaming function.
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5
RoyPDX
20 January 2011
Version: 8.0.0
I like this application and have been a registered user since it first came out. But attempting to upgrade to v.8 seems to be nearly impossible due to their overly complex site.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
19 January 2011
Version: 8.0.0
They call giving the interface a funereal gray face an update. Too bad they're taking their design cues from Steve Jobs, whose taste has tanked lately, if iTunes 10 is any guide. Anyway, while $20 is a good price for the upgrade, for me the new interface, which they're implementing in all their products, is a turn-off. Absent any compelling functional innovations, I'll take a pass on this one - until they make this dead gray an option instead of unavoidable.
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Espiridion
19 January 2011
Version: 8.0.0
From their website: "Version 8 introduces an updated interface, faster diagnosis and repair, enhanced reporting with charts, updated font cache cleaning, and a new font comparison tool used to contrast the unique properties of separate font files side-by-side."
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Pony
04 August 2010
Version: 7.7
We had a font that FontBook reported as having problems, and warning us to "proceed with caution". FontBook correctly advised us the 'kern' table structure and contents had problems. We downloaded FontDoctor to set about repairing the font. FontDoctor validated the font and incorrectly told us the font was OK and did not need repair. FontBook is FREE and supplied with MacOS. It can validate fonts and identify problems. FontDoctor is $70. In our test we were unable to get FontDoctor to identify the problem, let alone attempt to fix it. Maybe it can identify some problems, but it certainly does not identify all the problems you can identify for free using Apple's FontBook. Proceed with caution.
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Eric•Woehler
02 October 2009
Version: 7.7
FD 7.7 now SL compatible! An excellent app that I can recommend to all who have problems on their mac, esp SL. I tracked down a nasty bug/issue with MS Word 2008 - the fault was a font with two copies in two different libraries. The second font was installed by Office but it took FD to work out the issue. Now Office is running ok and is thanks to FD! Recommended!! Cost is high for what is an app that you wouldn't have to use too many times, but worth it when all else fails - Apple's Font Book doesn't come close.
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Bosie
18 May 2008
Version: 7.5.1
I do like FontDoctor and have used it on and off for years. However I see the latest version 7.5.1 still has that nasty tendency to unexpectedly quit when trying to "fix" problems - on a large file that means starting again and narrowing the search and as such can be very time consuming.
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Laraine
09 March 2008
Version: 7.5.1
It really isn't possible to assess a demonstration of a piece of software that won't allow you to actually DO anything! Why can't the developer allow the repair of a limited number of fonts, even if it's only two or three?
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Corpsecorps
25 September 2007
Version: 7.3.1
Has disagreements with FontExplorerX. Though LinoType FontExplorer X finds various PostScript fonts to have missing outline files for some styles, FontDoctorX gives them a "PASS" on all tests. Since FontExplorerX can determine that the styles *should* exist, i assume there's data about them in the suitcase. Therefore it seems to be FontDoctorX which is mistakenly giving them a PASS on the "Missing PostScript Fonts" test and making no repairs.
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5
Dalahast
17 December 2006
Version: 7.3
I love it! Font Book has given me false alarms on a few occasions and this is a lot faster, too! A lot of customization available through a clean, Mac-like GUI makes for the ultimate font tool! I especially like the feature that allows you to scan a custom location :-)
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4.75
Donmontalvo
30 November 2006
Version: 7.3
with it's ability to allow admins to lock down preferences (to keep fonts from being "fixed" in environments where compliance/liability issues are important), this tool is as good as it gets for checking and organizing fonts. whether you'd ever WANT to "fix" a font is an entirely different story. don
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Orion-Mk-V
10 November 2006
Version: 7.2
FontDoctor is a mixed bag. It really CAN fix problem/corrupt fonts, but if not used CAREFULLY it can also mess up a one's font library. Use with care and it's a godsend. Alas, with now Intel-compatible version I've stopped using it (after upgrading machines).
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Kabeyun
23 August 2006
Version: 7.2
It looks like this product doesn't support Intel Macs, so beware. When I wrote them to confirm this (three times over two months!!) they never bothered to write back. You'd think they'd be interested, at least on the sales side. Between this and other comments, forget it!
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star-affinity
06 March 2006
Version: 7.1.1
I've sent an email to the support twice. They haven't replied. I haven't bought the applictaion yet, is that why they're not answering?
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4.25
ttlcntrlprint
10 February 2006
Version: 7.1.1
Stable, does what it's suppose to. Highly recommended for cleaning font caches. totalcontrolprint
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5
Anonymous
07 June 2005
Version: 7.0.1
I am working in the prepress field. We are still very engaged in migrating older OS 9 systems to OS X. Therefore the tool is extremely helpfull! A little comment to their technical support: works great for me! Competent answers within three hours. I dont know very many companys who even think about that.
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5
Anonymous
23 May 2005
Version: 7.0
Excellent, flawless, smooth. Works with Tiger! Wow!!
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Anonymous
02 March 2005
Version: 7.0
i think its absolutely stupid that they never tell whats diffrent between version 6.1 and 7.0. only bought 6.1 5 months ago and now i should pay 20 dollar to get a new version, which i know nothing about the approvements of...
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3.75
Anonymous
26 January 2005
Version: 7.0
Having just paid another $19.99 upgrade after only six months the new version 7 looks just like the old one 6.
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Anonymous
26 January 2005
Version: 7.0
when FontDoctor X asks if the user wants to quit some applications using fonts, at least a "cancel this action" button ... please.
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zoom77
25 January 2005
Version: 7.0
I'll wait for 7.0.1. 7.0 gets stuck when trying to organize fonts on STDSongStd-Light-Acro.otf. It completely locks up PowerBook 12", PowerBook 15" and a 1.8Ghz G5. I'm not even able to Force Quit or use any other application. I have to hold the power button in to shutdown. Version 6.1.5 worked when trying to organize with that font though. I'll stick with 6.1.5 for now.
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5
Anonymous
13 October 2004
Version: 6.1.5
Excellent application! I've been using it since version 4 and wouldn't have fonts on my machine without this program! I've noticed significant speed improvements in this version over 6.1. Excellent program and keep up the good work. Working with fonts would be a lot harder without FontDoctor :)
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3.5
Anonymous
12 July 2004
Version: 6.1
This is actually wonderful for sorting out those thousands of fonts that most designers/agencies build up over years. It does a fantastic job of diagnosing problems and tidying up fonts into alphabeticized folders, getting rid of unnecessary duplicates and damaged fonts and even pulling apart collections within the same suitcase, so you do not have to activate all those nutty fonts that always seem to be tied to the one font you like. It is packed with features and It is very useful to those people who would like to use FontBook but have found problems trying to manage thousands of fonts. The down side is that you are not too likely to use it very often, as it is best used for creating the perfect font archive. The demo is not much use in judging its usefulness - I got to use the full thing at work where it had been bought. I think they would be better off lowering the price so more people might be willing to take the plunge. I did manage to process everything - after a couple of attempts as it was a little prone to quitting unexpectedly but I was using it on a shared machine whose health I cannot swear to. If your font collection is in a mess and it is preying on your mind this will, in all likelihood, do everything you need.
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Anonymous
08 July 2004
Version: 6.1
Have no earthly idea what this upgrade brings!! Can't find information on their site, in the download package, in the installer or in the final program folder. This is somewhat tempered by the fact that 6.x users are not being asked to pay for this update... whatever that update may be!!!
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3.5
Anonymous
23 January 2004
Version: 6.0
When I first lanched this application, it told me there was a newer version available. I was using 6.0 but it believes that there is a newer 6.0.0, which is not true. Since I can't fix any of my fonts in the demo, it is a useless evaluation. The "more details" button provides general information, but not more details on the specific problems it diagnosed. I can't imagine buying this software.
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Anonymous
08 January 2004
Version: 5.5.3
How can you trouble shoot a ham sandwich? It just works!
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Anonymous
16 September 2003
Version: 5.5.2
I too have had no problems with Jaguar. It beats the crap out of OS 9.
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Anonymous
31 July 2003
Version: 5.5.2
no, you are a bunch of lame-ass Mac users who couldn't troubleshoot a ham sandwich... OS X is a dream come true...
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Anonymous
31 July 2003
Version: 5.5.2
Dear Hank, You are right! Mac OS X has become a costly upgrade and we can't afford to pay for third party applications to repair the OS failures. Until recently, I had been running OS 9.2.2 and I didn't have any problems with it, and OS was under control. Since I have moved to Jaguar, I am spending more time troubleshooting than doing something productive.
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Anonymous
30 July 2003
Version: 5.5.2
hank, you have a good point there...
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Hank2
05 June 2003
Version: 5.5.1
I just don't know any more. The biggest argument against Mac OS is beginning to be the number and cumulative cost of the third party programs said necessary to clean up after the OS's normal failures -- fonts, preferences, disk errors ....
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Anonymous
01 June 2003
Version: 5.5.1
Extremely unstable. The demo does not let you try to "fix" anything. Judging by the frequent crashing, who knows if it really works? A timed trial would be better Seventy dollars? I don't think so.
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Anonymous
01 April 2003
Version: 5.5
Font doctor diagnoses your bitmaps away and then it tells you that there are no bitmap fonts to match your screen fonts and gets rid of your screen fonts too. WHO CAME UP WITH THAT IDEA - NICE ONE!!!!!
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3.5

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later
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