FontDoctor
FontDoctor
10.6

3.5

FontDoctor free download for Mac

FontDoctor

10.6
02 November 2018

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 10.6:
  • Support for macOS Mojave 10.14
  • Bug fixes
  • Increased performance when processing font data
  • Enhanced memory management

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Shock-J
21 April 2015

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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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Version 10.0
hazepiv
14 July 2017
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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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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Version 10.2.3
Pismo
28 July 2016
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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Version 10.2
Shock-J
21 April 2015
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.
Like (7)
Version 10.0
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Hermie
Hermie
02 May 2015
You're quite right there Shock-J. What is this supposed to be, FontGear? This sux big time!
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Libertyforall1776
03 March 2014
8.4.1 is out!
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Version 8.2.0
Raro
16 November 2013
The linked version is actually version 8.4.0, released on November 9, 2013.
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Version 8.2.0
Macmaxpr
06 November 2012
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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Version 8.2.0
Donmontalvo
14 August 2012
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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Version 8.1.0
stafmans
13 November 2011
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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Version 8.1.0
RoyPDX
20 January 2011
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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Version 8.0.0
$69.99

3.5

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