FontAgent Pro
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Font management and repair utility.   Demo ($99.95)
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FontAgent Pro is a font management and repair utility for even the largest of print and Web font collections.

Verify the integrity of your fonts and organize them the way you want. Find fonts by appearance, name, tag, classification, category or property. Activate fonts or sets with a click or use Adobe and Quark plugins to auto-verify and activate the right fonts as you open documents.
What's New
Version 6.102:
  • Added support for OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • Imports True Type Collections
  • Improvements in import engine
  • Improvements in database
  • Minor changes to Glyph View that addresses display of many glyphs
  • Minor fix addressing a issue with application registration
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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FontAgent Pro User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Neartheredrocks commented on 17 Apr 2014
QuarkXPress 10 is out since September 2013 and as of today (April 2014) there is still no support for it in FontAgent Pro. Why?
[Version 6.102]


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Opeter commented on 12 Feb 2014
This new version of FontAgent Pro (6.102) needs to be activated over the internet.

The application will contact insidersoftware.com servers.
[Version 6.102]


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Panthera commented on 04 Nov 2013
Can anyone comment on how well this software works with Mac OS X Mavericks?
[Version 6.012]

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Waveman replied on 11 Dec 2013
Works fine.
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Orion-Mk.-V commented on 12 Sep 2013
Important to note that version 6 is NOT a free upgrade from version 5, so you might want to add that to the description and MacUpdate Desktop. Just important to know for people before installing upgrade.
[Version 6.008]

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Jer replied on 12 Sep 2013
Interesting that version 5 isn't all that old. I still don't see much different from version 4.
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Hal2007 replied on 10 Jan 2014
Version 6 has new toolbar icons. Yay.
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Michael-Vilain replied on 05 Feb 2014
Not really worth the upgrade, from what I see. I'm sticking with the older version.
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Neartheredrocks reviewed on 19 Sep 2012
On my Intel iMac and with Indesign CS3 and CS6 the automatic font activation works only randomly, is more often not working than working. Also randomly it is not possible to add fonts to the startup set. Not more than one star therefore from me.
[Version 5.022]

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Waveman replied on 15 Oct 2013
Clear your font caches.
Make sure any other font managers are not conflicting.
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Rezstudios replied on 05 Jan 2014
I am having the same problem with FAP. I used Smasher and FAP still randomly won't load some fonts. Seems to get less and less reliable. Fonts validate fine, fonts can be activated with Font Book app. I used to be a big FAP advocate, but their upgrade policy is criminal... we should not be paying for bug fixes! There is a difference between an update and an upgrade. I have not seen any actual upgrade in FAP since version 3 and things have only gotten buggier.
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Fontman reviewed on 06 Sep 2012
Upgraded to Fontagent pro 5 . Working perfectly with my CS 6 . Seems to be faster . Also received the Incopy plug -in. nice.

The icing on the cake was Smasher is now included . it is nice to have the font cache cleaned out in the background . what a time saver.
[Version 5.022]


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Robgor reviewed on 31 Aug 2012
As a long-time user of FA Pro, I depend on it for my day-to-day work. With it's stability, intuitive interface and support for CS6 auto-activation, makes upgrading a no-brainer.
[Version 5.022]


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Jimmy-D reviewed on 14 Aug 2012
FontAgent Pro is and has always been the best and only stable, safe choice for an advanced font manager.

With that said, I upgraded to version 5 for Mountain Lion and CS6 compatibility. The new icons are nice I guess, but I can't find any new features.

A word of caution to Quark 9 users. Their installer litters your XTensions folder with all FAP extensions for Quark 5 through Quark 9, and doesn't delete the old FAP4 extension, so you'll have multiple FAP extensions running unless you delete the extras. And if you're confused when you're manually cleaning up their installation, their Quark 9 version of FAP5 is incorrectly labeled as version 4.18 even though it's 5.x. I've contacted their tech support and was told their developer, a third party I assume, appreciates the bug reports and they will fix all of this in another release.

They also auto-install a Font Agent Pro Server app and Server Preference Pane that I don't need, so I deleted those.
[Version 5.020]

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Orion-Mk.-V replied on 20 Aug 2012
Agree. FAP has remained the best font manager I've used to date. Version 5 does seem to little more than a cosmetic change with some bells a whistles thrown in. The GoogleFonts is merely a Applescript link to a downloadable archive of open source fonts. Smasher can now be invoked via a menu in FAP. Aside from that, I don't really notice much else, but then again there's not much more I need in a font manager, so as long as it's improved behind the scenes, great. However, you're right I didn't need it to install extra extensions or the server.
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fontguy9 reviewed on 03 Aug 2012
Been my favorite since my first copy of FontAgent Pro 3, the only font manager to use in my opinion.
[Version 5.020]


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Jer commented on 03 Aug 2012
I've been a FAP user since version 1 and a strong advocate for years. I tried the demo of version 5 and I must say I was not left with a good first impression. There is nothing much visually that has changed. Perhaps most of it is under the hood, but the list of changes specify an improved and simplified interface. The only difference I saw was the icons - the main window is basically unchanged from version 1. Maybe that's why there are no screenshots on the website. Look into the documentation and you'll see the Quickstart Guide isn't even updated for FAP5, it still references FAP4. And to top it all off, the uninstaller doesn't even uninstall everything because it won't let you re-install FAP4 afterwards, you have to run a couple of commands in Terminal to do that (according to Insider tech support). The upgrade is not worth $50 for version 4 users.
[Version 5.020]


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Geoff6 had trouble on 14 Nov 2010
I also have been having trouble with FAP not activating fonts properly in CS4 Illustrator. I verified the fonts with the app and they appear to be OK in FAP but when activated do not show up in Illustrator's list of fonts. I miss Font Reserve!!
[Version 4.120]

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Tony-Aguila commented on 19 Nov 2010
The problem is not just with CS4. I have CS5 and still experience the anomaly from time to time, and I have clients using CS3 and CS4 in similar situations. Actually, the problem is not only with Adobe CS products because you might notice that when FAP-activated fonts start to not show up in, say, Illustrator, they probably will not show up in other non-Adobe applications as well.

The (almost) surefire fix I have found for this is to go into the FAP4 folder and to launch the Uninstall FontAgent Pro app, after which, you might want to run a cache-purge program, (e.g. FontNuke, Font Finagler), and then reinstall FAP after the restart. The uninstaller preserves your settings, sets, etc.

In my personal experience, since the CS5 upgrade and using FAP 4.14, I have had to do the above procedure at least three times (in about four months). Just for reference, I am running Mac OS X 10.6.5 on a MacPro3,1, with approximately 6,000 fonts in my library.
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Maclover1.1 had trouble on 21 Jul 2010
I just had font issues with Flash.. only piece of software that seems to be extremely fussy regarding fonts.. So I cleaned my Fonts Caches.. restarted.. and now FontAgent will display WYSIWYG fine except in the FontPlayer window.. and Flash won't see the activated fonts at all.. Where do I go from here considering my client is showing up in 2 hours.. Do I tell him that Font Management is sort of a never-ending flow of oddities and complexities that has given me more heartache than my whole Love Life (which is no small feat).

Fonts must be the one thing in my computer Life as a graphic designer that has been the most complicated overall seriously... Everything else eventually gets sorted but FONTS... is an evolutive nightmare.

Ok now I feel slightly better.. my Mac will not fly out the window just yet... though I'd love to hear it crash on the ground at this point and forget working with computers altogether.. as it is such a non-Life.
[Version 4.120]

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Maclover1.1 replied on 21 Jul 2010
After 5 freakin' reboots.. all my activated fonts are showing up again in my applications (and not just appearing active in FAP).. I'm sure this is an OSX issue and NOT a FontAgent one.. Yet.. I don't know how that happened.. Font Caches are sort of a mystery to me.
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Elliven had trouble on 18 Apr 2010
After Snow Leopard 10.6.3 upgrade, auto-activation STOPPED working in FontAgent Pro 4. Programs affected on my Mac: QuarkEPress 8, PhotoShop and InDesign CS4, Safari. No solution so far, other users have reported this problem. Right now I am manually activating and it's a real pain.
[Version 4.052]

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Tony-Aguila commented on 24 May 2010
The same thing happened on my system (MacPro3,1), and two other clients, all after the 10.6.3 update. The only reliable solution I found was to completely uninstall FAP, including preferences, performing a thorough purge of the font caches, and reinstalling FAP-which meant losing all the sets that had taken countless hours compiling. But at least it now works.

There has been one recurrence of the problem since, which was again repaired following the same procedure. This was not the first time that this condition developed, but before Snow Leopard 10.6.3, I could always fix the problem by simply reinstalling FAP on top of the present application.

For your information, I used AppDelete to remove FAP, and FontNuke to clean the font caches. I am not connected with the developers of either one.
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Tony-Aguila had trouble on 29 Mar 2010
WARNING! For users upgrading to Snow Leopard 10.6.3. I just updated and now none of the fonts activated within FontAgent Pro shows up in *any* application-InDesign, Illustrator, TextEdit, Word, etc. This happened intermittently with Leopard and Snow Leopard and the issue was always fixed by reinstalling FAP and/or clearing font caches. This time, neither works. I will have to either downgrade to SL 10.6.2 or look for a different font management program.
[Version 4.052]

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Maclover1.1 replied on 30 Apr 2010
I had a few issues and realized it had to do with my System's font folders.. I followed the cleaning up graciously provided by Extensis:
http://www.extensis.com/en/downloads/document_download.jsp?docId=5600039

and I do NOT use the "Manage System Fonts" provided by FontAgent!

That fixed my issues... I also resort to Font Doctor at times to make sure my fonts are sane... In my experience FontAgent + FontDoctor + Extensis Best Practices = no headache :-)

PS: And I have loooooaaads of fonts...
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Tony-Aguila commented on 04 May 2010
I do not allow FAP to manage system fonts either--a big NO-NO, as far as I am concerned. A complete uninstall, fonts cache clear, and reinstall of FAP works for a while but after a week or so, the problem of activated fonts not showing up in other applications returns. I suppose it can be difficult managing 8,000+ fonts.

Now a different issue has come up. Auto-activation does not work with Adobe CS5. Expected, but still, they will have to come up with an update now.
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ashmadux had trouble on 17 Jun 2009
This program is great...

When it works.

As a long time user of Font Agent 3, I am inclined to re-install that old workhorse- this update has given me nothing but problems with activating in CS$ applications. I NEVER had a problem until i upgraded.

right now i have 872 font that i just activated. closed out of all cs4 apps. guess what? pshop sees liek 4 fonts out of the 800+. I deactivated, then reactivated all of them, quit out opened back program, same with pshp and illustrator. illustrator is usually better at handling font being activated while the program is open, and often just updates itself. Photoshop however....

Im a designer, and my font just wont activate. Worse still, unlike version 3, when it cant find a certain font in a pshp cs4 file, instead of leaving the pixel approximations (helpful if you just want to print), it changes any font that has an issue upon opening.

version 3 i still have running on my laptop, and 4 on my desktop. i have had no problems whatsoever running v. 3 in leopard. however, that machine is stuck on cs2 apps.


i gotta fix this now, i cant use this machine without my fonts. sigh
[Version 4.0.3]


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S. Spencer had trouble on 28 Nov 2007
PROBLEM: InDesign and other aps aren't seeing fonts when the are activated until I reboot system.
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I recently upgraded to Font Agent Pro 3.3 from 2.something I think. I am running OSX 10.4.8 and InDesign CS2. Everything was OK prior to the upgrade. My reason for upgrading was a minor problem installing new fonts that the upgrade appears to have solved.

BUT now much bigger problem. When I activate a font that is inactive either via auto-enabling by Indesign or if I activate it manually, my applications can't see the font (it's not in the appllications list of fonts). I can only get InDesign or Illustrator or Photoshop to "SEE" the font by rebooting my whole system. Obviously not a good longterm solution. I wrote Font Agent Pro a week ago but no response other than the automated "we got your message" one.

HELP. Anyone else with this problem?? I've googled and searched and cant find anything.
[Version 3.3.2]

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 28 Nov 2007
Have you tried contacting the developer via the developer's website?
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S. Spencer replied on 28 Nov 2007
Yes. I sent in a request for assitance a week ago and no response from them as of yet. Was hoping someone here might have encountered a similar problem or there is something obvious that I have set up wrong.
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heavy_shower replied on 05 Dec 2007
Rebooting the entire system seems a bit drastic. I too ran into that problem, but for me, there are two remedies. If I'm in the type tool before and after switching to Fontagent to enable a font (or to re-enable it by activating the entire family), I'll switch into a different tool, or even deactivate a type layer, then switch back into the type tool -- apparently the font menu gets rebuilt (?). If that fails, I'll simply relaunch the app but not reboot the entire system.
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roninkai commented on 19 Feb 2008
Be sure to remove all parts of all previous font managers from your system (font book is OK, leave that alone).
Use a system utility (Cocktail, Onyx, Yasu, FontNuke) to delete your font caches. Reboot and see if things clear up.
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S. Spencer replied on 20 Feb 2008
Just wanted to say thanks for the reply. I kind of gave up on FontAgent Pro. The company never responded to my email or phone requests for help. I couldn't figure out why it wouldn't work.

I went with Linotype's FontExplorer. I like it alot. I still have a few funky things going on (for example, I have a couple of fonts that even when it is activated in FE and I know the fonts are in the database, my Adobe apps don't see it--so far, my solution has been to find another font ;-) FE is not perfect, but I think it's more stable than FAPro and Linotype responded via email when I had a question.

Best regards, Susan
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macprepress commented on 20 Mar 2008
Getting a bit off-thread here, but I've seen this too. Several version 1.0 Postscript copies of Futura Condensed Bold wouldn't show in ID CS2. Then I found another "virgin" copy of the same font. All the rest of my current library has been through some combination of FontDoctor or Smasher. The "virgin" copy from 1989 worked fine.
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raydmurphy replied on 04 Jan 2009
I've encountered this problem, but mainly after the update cam out recently.(to version 4.0.3) After that my system has been going haywire. After figuring out to use Smasher and killing off the preferences before reinstalling the software again the problem recurred again and again. I might try the tool changing trick that was suggested above, but it seems that for me the solution only lasts for a short while before the system feels like reverting back to the problem again.

Linked with this I see that Font Agent Pro is using font files from my works network, despite the fact that I'm installing fonts from the local disk. Very strange indeed. It seems that no matter if I kill the cache or not it seems to link back to there after re-installation of the font. Very frustrating.

I'm inclined to stay with the programme though as its very easy to use, its just a shame that it brings so many glitches.
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zincker had trouble on 09 Feb 2006
Excellent update, thank you.

One thing: the new IDCS2 plug-in (framework) crashes my InDesign everytime I want to use the tab-mode (command-T). I went back to the old plug-in and now it works again.
[Version 3.1]



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Clifford rated on 03 Nov 2013

[Version 6.010]



Paddy57 rated on 02 Dec 2012

[Version 5.028]



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Zincker rated on 17 Nov 2012

[Version 5.028]



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Josue64 rated on 15 Sep 2012

[Version 5.022]



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Fontman rated on 06 Sep 2012

[Version 5.022]



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Orion-Mk.-V rated on 23 Feb 2012

[Version 4.200]



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Doctorfo rated on 13 Apr 2011

[Version 4.140]


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FontAgent Pro is a font management and repair utility for even the largest of print and Web font collections.

Verify the integrity of your fonts and organize them the way you want. Find fonts by appearance, name, tag, classification, category or property. Activate fonts or sets with a click or use Adobe and Quark plugins to auto-verify and activate the right fonts as you open documents.


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