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FontDoctor
FontDoctor
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FontDoctor free download for Mac

FontDoctor

Version 10.9

Diagnose and repair damaged fonts.

FontDoctor 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 version 10.9

Updated on Feb 23 2022

  • Support for macOS Monterey 12.0.x
  • Support for Apple Silicon processors

Information

License

Shareware

Size

5.9 MB

Downloads

80230

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • Apple Silicon
  • macOS 10.13.0 or later
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Tim27
Tim27
Dec 31 2019
10.7
1.0
Dec 31 2019
1.0
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.
hazepiv
hazepiv
Jul 14 2017
10.2.3
1.0
Jul 14 2017
1.0
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.
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
Jun 7 2017
10.2.3
4.5
Jun 7 2017
4.5
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. ;-)
Pismo
Pismo
Jul 28 2016
10.2
1.0
Jul 28 2016
1.0
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.
Shock-J
Shock-J
Apr 21 2015
10.0
2.0
Apr 21 2015
2.0
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.
Libertyforall1776
Libertyforall1776
Mar 3 2014
8.2.0
0.0
Mar 3 2014
0.0
Version: 8.2.0
8.4.1 is out!
Raro
Raro
Nov 16 2013
8.2.0
0.0
Nov 16 2013
0.0
Version: 8.2.0
The linked version is actually version 8.4.0, released on November 9, 2013.
Macmaxpr
Macmaxpr
Nov 6 2012
8.2.0
4.5
Nov 6 2012
4.5
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!
Donmontalvo
Donmontalvo
Aug 14 2012
8.1.0
4.8
Aug 14 2012
4.8
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.
stafmans
stafmans
Nov 13 2011
8.1.0
1.5
Nov 13 2011
1.5
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.
RoyPDX
RoyPDX
Jan 20 2011
8.0.0
5.0
Jan 20 2011
5.0
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.
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
Jan 19 2011
8.0.0
4.5
Jan 19 2011
4.5
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.
Espiridion
Espiridion
Jan 19 2011
8.0.0
0.0
Jan 19 2011
0.0
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."
Pony
Pony
Aug 4 2010
7.7
1.0
Aug 4 2010
1.0
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.
Eric•Woehler
Eric•Woehler
Oct 2 2009
7.7
4.0
Oct 2 2009
4.0
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.
Bosie
Bosie
May 18 2008
7.5.1
0.0
May 18 2008
0.0
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.
Laraine
Laraine
Mar 9 2008
7.5.1
0.0
Mar 9 2008
0.0
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?
Corpsecorps
Corpsecorps
Sep 25 2007
7.3.1
0.0
Sep 25 2007
0.0
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.
Dalahast
Dalahast
Dec 17 2006
7.3
5.0
Dec 17 2006
5.0
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 :-)
Donmontalvo
Donmontalvo
Nov 30 2006
7.3
4.8
Nov 30 2006
4.8
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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