FontAgent
FontAgent
9.0.9

1.5

FontAgent

FontAgent

9.0.920 June 2019

Font management and repair utility.

FontAgent
$99.00
20 June 2019

1.5

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FontAgent

FontAgent

9.0.920 June 2019

Font management and repair utility.

Overview

FontAgent is a revolutionary release of the one of the world’s smartest font managers. The first thing you’ll notice is its all-new, stunning interface that features crisp font previews, simple controls, and powerful set management. Activate, deactivate, find fonts, change colors, customize text, and resize UI panes in seconds. It’s font management done right--your way.

Features
  • Powerful New Font Viewers - Preview your fonts in your choice of text and colors using FontAgent’s redesigned Player, Compare and Glyph views. View font slide shows, waterfalls, paragraphs, comparisons and glyph sets. Drag character glyphs directly into your documents. Select the right font for every passage, heading and project.
  • Create a Centralized Font Library - Just drag your fonts into FontAgent to verify their integrity and add them to your centralized library along with 1350+ free Google fonts. As you import fonts, FontAgent keeps a full history of your new additions and archives your growing library to the Cloud for safekeeping.
  • Find Fonts Faster - Enter a search term and instantly find fonts whose names, properties, metadata or comments match it. Want to sharpen your focus? Use Smart Search to perform complex searches in seconds, and save them as Smart Sets that auto-update as you add fonts to your collection.
  • Instantly Share and Sync Fonts - Welcome to the future of font management: sharing and syncing fonts through the Cloud--no server license or administration required.
  • More Metadata than Ever - FontAgent 7 discovers more font metadata than ever. Select a font or set and view its properties and metadata in FontAgent’s right sidebar. View font names, formats, styles, metrics, filenames, locations, activation, ratings, comments--everything you need to know about your fonts.
  • Explore Your Fonts Using Table View - Use FontAgent’s Table View is a built-in spreadsheet that lets you quickly explore and compare font metadata. Click a table column to sort your currently selected fonts by their traits, foundries, sizes, file formats and version numbers. Activate and rate your fonts with a click.
  • Manage Subscription and System Fonts - Manage system fonts and subscription fonts from services like Adobe TypeKit and Monotype SkyFonts automatically. Preview and add them to sets--just like all your other fonts. With FontAgent’s open architecture, all your fonts are at your fingertips.
  • Simple, Efficient Font Activation - Click slide switches to activate and deactivate fonts and sets manually. Auto-activate fonts as you open documents in Adobe Creative Cloud and Suite apps--including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and InCopy--as well as QuarkXpress, Microsoft Office and a world of other popular Mac apps.
  • Print and Export Your Fonts - Create hardcopy and PDF font samples for sharing with clients and co-workers. With a few clicks, produce waterfalls, paragraphs, logotype, character sets--whatever you want. Export fonts into organized folder hierarchies for archiving or sending to service bureaus.
  • Flexible Licensing Choices - Ready to revolutionize your creative workflow? Try the new FontAgent for 30 days--on your own or with your team. When you’re ready to purchase a license, choose between a cost-effective subscription or a traditional stand-alone license--whichever you prefer.

What's new in FontAgent

Version 9.0.9:
  • Corrected a few issues related to sharing of fonts with multiple tags
  • Corrected a few issues related to the automatic background sync with the FontAgent Server
  • Subsets are now ordered alphabetically
  • The left side bar will preserve the expanded/collapsed state of nested sets
  • Press the option key while clicking the expand/collapse button on nested sets on the left side bar
  • The built in software update mechanism is now using the latest Sparkle framework

Requirements for FontAgent

  • OS X 10.11.0 or later

163 Reviews

Rate this app:

02 December 2008

Most helpful

I think this is the first time that FAP gave the user the choice to selectively install auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe Creative Suite (all versions), as well as QuarkXpress, the first time you run it. Not sure if it will persist with the dialog if you choose not to install the first time. Very convenient. I am gratified that even before this update, they made plug-ins available for Adobe CS4, and this updated version is now even quicker with auto-activation in InDesign. Illustrator is still slow to react, but there is no more need to close and reopen the document. I own and have used ALL of the other font management programs out there, and still maintain my licenses, but FAP is definitely my first choice for managing my 7,000+ font library. The only problem discovered so far is that the update deleted all the names of my font sets. Fortunately, the contents seem to have been unaffected. My long-time gripe remains. When running Font Player, you cannot pause it. Whenever you stop/pause, it will have to start from the very beginning (or very end) of the set. Thus the reason for 4 stars for features.
Like (4)
Version 4.0.3
02 July 2019
I have been using FontAgent Pro for 20 yrs after fontreserve disappeared. It was good and i was happy with it until around version 6 then everything seems to slide downhill, i just tried to download the free trial for 9 (I currently use 8 though the dropdown wysiwyg doesn't work in illustrator) and they can't even get requesting the trial to work. properly. When I go to fill out my details to request the trial, it crashes. Not impressed.
Like
Version 9.0.9
27 March 2019
I don't understand what makes this app so popular ? Version 8 cannot even handle system fonts properly. Multiple calls to the support line didn't yield any solution for me. And stupid long font lists negate the usefulness of this app.
Like (1)
Version 9.0.5
11 December 2018
I like FontAgent and have been using it for years. Tried all the others, none of them works as soothly as this one.
Like
Version 8.3.3
12 October 2018
At least with version 8.3.1 the Adobe CC plug-ins are now compatible with Mojave. Oddly enough, automatic activation worked with Mojave (even the beta versions) WITHOUT the plug-ins. With the updated plug-ins, auto-activation is a bit faster than without. In a way, the previous version of FontAgent, without the auto-activation plug-ins, worked better than this latest. A number of bugs have developed which were not present in the previous version, but I have learned to work my way around them, or at least put up with them. In my experience, there’s no use in sending them feedback or request for beta versions, so I will not even try.
Like
Version 8.3.1
1 answer(s)
Kdeda
13 March 2019
Hi Tony

v9 has been completely re-writen in swift to better use apple's latest tech. It cost us a lot of work, but as a benefit, we are now able to auto activate much better and do more.

email me privately kdeda at mac.com and i will upgrade you for free.

Like
27 September 2018
As a longtime user, since version 1, I've given up on Font Agent and moved on. The last couple of major versions have slowly removed some features, mostly stuff I could learn to live without but now Font Classifications is gone. On top of that, it will no longer run if it doesn't approve of the OS version you are running - the final nail in the coffin.
Like
Version 8.3.1
2 answer(s)
Kdeda
13 March 2019
IMHO, Classification as it used to be done was a bit of a joke.

The product you remember has been re-written a few times. It's the cost of fast moving apple ecosystem. With v9 we have set up the foundation for much better than that. It is called tagging and opens up a lot more options.
Like
Jer
24 March 2019
In reply to Kdeda, March 13 - I've installed the new demo. The tag system, while it may be powerful, is basically a blank slate. Who is going to spend time tagging thousands of fonts? Previously FontAgentPro had a database out of the box, at least in part. The ability to generate a list of all slab serif fonts, for example, is gone, which was a huge time saver in my job. Other than the new tags, new UI and new app foundation, I see nothing new and lost functionality not replaced.
Like (1)
19 June 2018
Currently out of the big three this the best now at 8.2.1 it is fast and gets all the fonts right. The latest suitcase is good but often misses some fonts. and the interface is going backward try grouping fonts by foundry not possible the font list default by expanded family is now crazy long. FontXpro is pretty good but why is the main app have to be open to work sucking up a lot of ram also the interface is a bit needlessly complex and does mis fonts occasionally. Fontagent I am finding the best so far. I have about 15000 fonts in the FA font folder handles this with ease. Also foreign arabic etc font are at least shown in there default western font with the glyphs in the panel at the bottom. Suitcase in the new versions just shows the question mark box instead a font even the glyph views do not often work just the question mark box until this is fixed have given up on suitcase.
Like (1)
Version 8.2.1
05 December 2017
The only one that seems to be able to handle my thousands of fonts.. Suitcase started to get gruelingly slow to preview, so slow that looking through my fonts feels like a nightmare. So had to make a decision.. seems am back to Font Agent, that I stopped using a couple of years ago (not sure why, I think IT as the one giving me slowness isuses then..)

But you actually have to exchange emails back and forth with someone at Insider to get an update.. no straight-forward pathway where you go check your price, make your payment.. and be done, this feels so 1995.. I have yet to get an answer btw.. I wrote them twice so far in a couple of weeks... Maybe once I pay they actually send true little gnomes to come organize my fonts by hand.
Like
Version 8.1.0
27 September 2017
Not amused that within a year I would again have to pay for an upgrade. Despite my move to High Sierra, I will let FontAgent go.
Like (4)
Version 8.0.1
14 June 2017
OMG What happened. FontAgent was always wonky to use - the developers seem dead-set on avoiding Mac-based User Experience protocols (like forcing one to store your fonts in a folder named "My Fonts"), but now they've gone off the edge. I just wanted to sort out what fonts were what, and version 7 took all my installed fonts and ZIPPED THEM UP ARCHIVED THEM, without giving me a chance to veto that plan. It took me hours to unzip and put them all back where they needed to go, trash all the stupid "Fontagent Pro zip files" and folders created and get my documents to open up with the right typefaces again. Sorry, FAP - it's bye-bye for this long-time user.
Like (3)
Version 7.1.3
1 answer(s)
spinko
27 March 2019
totally agree ! I'm going crazy with the longest font lists I have ever seen... most duplicates are system fonts. Somehow, FAP cannot get this right. I'm looking for a better alternative as well.
Like
11 June 2017
bye bye Fontagent. I've used it since v2 but now all features I loved are gone. Everything was simple. Today I had to install v7 behause of Sierra and I'm sad to say that I don't like the new version These are my beloved features in earlier (better) times: - left side installed fonts, right side my own Sets. Was easy to use. Is it possible to get the old 2 column view back? Is it somewhere hidden? - I've had a to of Subsets. Now everything is in a very long list on the left side. - Buttons for switching Sets on and off in the Toolbar. Gray in grey, but impossible to see which of them is for on or off. Bad design, unusable. All this is based on the current v7.2.2
Like (4)
Version 7.1.3
$99.00

1.5

Category:

Utilities

Font Tools

Developer Website:
DownloadMacUpdateInstall with MacUpdate

Downloaded & Installed 81,489 times

$99.00

1.5

Category:

Utilities

Font Tools

Developer Website:
DownloadMacUpdateInstall with MacUpdate

Downloaded & Installed 81,489 times

Don't like new MacUpdate? Back to old design.

163 Reviews

Rate this app:

02 December 2008

Most helpful

I think this is the first time that FAP gave the user the choice to selectively install auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe Creative Suite (all versions), as well as QuarkXpress, the first time you run it. Not sure if it will persist with the dialog if you choose not to install the first time. Very convenient. I am gratified that even before this update, they made plug-ins available for Adobe CS4, and this updated version is now even quicker with auto-activation in InDesign. Illustrator is still slow to react, but there is no more need to close and reopen the document. I own and have used ALL of the other font management programs out there, and still maintain my licenses, but FAP is definitely my first choice for managing my 7,000+ font library. The only problem discovered so far is that the update deleted all the names of my font sets. Fortunately, the contents seem to have been unaffected. My long-time gripe remains. When running Font Player, you cannot pause it. Whenever you stop/pause, it will have to start from the very beginning (or very end) of the set. Thus the reason for 4 stars for features.
Like (4)
Version 4.0.3
02 July 2019
I have been using FontAgent Pro for 20 yrs after fontreserve disappeared. It was good and i was happy with it until around version 6 then everything seems to slide downhill, i just tried to download the free trial for 9 (I currently use 8 though the dropdown wysiwyg doesn't work in illustrator) and they can't even get requesting the trial to work. properly. When I go to fill out my details to request the trial, it crashes. Not impressed.
Like
Version 9.0.9
27 March 2019
I don't understand what makes this app so popular ? Version 8 cannot even handle system fonts properly. Multiple calls to the support line didn't yield any solution for me. And stupid long font lists negate the usefulness of this app.
Like (1)
Version 9.0.5
11 December 2018
I like FontAgent and have been using it for years. Tried all the others, none of them works as soothly as this one.
Like
Version 8.3.3
12 October 2018
At least with version 8.3.1 the Adobe CC plug-ins are now compatible with Mojave. Oddly enough, automatic activation worked with Mojave (even the beta versions) WITHOUT the plug-ins. With the updated plug-ins, auto-activation is a bit faster than without. In a way, the previous version of FontAgent, without the auto-activation plug-ins, worked better than this latest. A number of bugs have developed which were not present in the previous version, but I have learned to work my way around them, or at least put up with them. In my experience, there’s no use in sending them feedback or request for beta versions, so I will not even try.
Like
Version 8.3.1
1 answer(s)
Kdeda
13 March 2019
Hi Tony

v9 has been completely re-writen in swift to better use apple's latest tech. It cost us a lot of work, but as a benefit, we are now able to auto activate much better and do more.

email me privately kdeda at mac.com and i will upgrade you for free.

Like
27 September 2018
As a longtime user, since version 1, I've given up on Font Agent and moved on. The last couple of major versions have slowly removed some features, mostly stuff I could learn to live without but now Font Classifications is gone. On top of that, it will no longer run if it doesn't approve of the OS version you are running - the final nail in the coffin.
Like
Version 8.3.1
2 answer(s)
Kdeda
13 March 2019
IMHO, Classification as it used to be done was a bit of a joke.

The product you remember has been re-written a few times. It's the cost of fast moving apple ecosystem. With v9 we have set up the foundation for much better than that. It is called tagging and opens up a lot more options.
Like
Jer
24 March 2019
In reply to Kdeda, March 13 - I've installed the new demo. The tag system, while it may be powerful, is basically a blank slate. Who is going to spend time tagging thousands of fonts? Previously FontAgentPro had a database out of the box, at least in part. The ability to generate a list of all slab serif fonts, for example, is gone, which was a huge time saver in my job. Other than the new tags, new UI and new app foundation, I see nothing new and lost functionality not replaced.
Like (1)
19 June 2018
Currently out of the big three this the best now at 8.2.1 it is fast and gets all the fonts right. The latest suitcase is good but often misses some fonts. and the interface is going backward try grouping fonts by foundry not possible the font list default by expanded family is now crazy long. FontXpro is pretty good but why is the main app have to be open to work sucking up a lot of ram also the interface is a bit needlessly complex and does mis fonts occasionally. Fontagent I am finding the best so far. I have about 15000 fonts in the FA font folder handles this with ease. Also foreign arabic etc font are at least shown in there default western font with the glyphs in the panel at the bottom. Suitcase in the new versions just shows the question mark box instead a font even the glyph views do not often work just the question mark box until this is fixed have given up on suitcase.
Like (1)
Version 8.2.1
05 December 2017
The only one that seems to be able to handle my thousands of fonts.. Suitcase started to get gruelingly slow to preview, so slow that looking through my fonts feels like a nightmare. So had to make a decision.. seems am back to Font Agent, that I stopped using a couple of years ago (not sure why, I think IT as the one giving me slowness isuses then..)

But you actually have to exchange emails back and forth with someone at Insider to get an update.. no straight-forward pathway where you go check your price, make your payment.. and be done, this feels so 1995.. I have yet to get an answer btw.. I wrote them twice so far in a couple of weeks... Maybe once I pay they actually send true little gnomes to come organize my fonts by hand.
Like
Version 8.1.0
27 September 2017
Not amused that within a year I would again have to pay for an upgrade. Despite my move to High Sierra, I will let FontAgent go.
Like (4)
Version 8.0.1
14 June 2017
OMG What happened. FontAgent was always wonky to use - the developers seem dead-set on avoiding Mac-based User Experience protocols (like forcing one to store your fonts in a folder named "My Fonts"), but now they've gone off the edge. I just wanted to sort out what fonts were what, and version 7 took all my installed fonts and ZIPPED THEM UP ARCHIVED THEM, without giving me a chance to veto that plan. It took me hours to unzip and put them all back where they needed to go, trash all the stupid "Fontagent Pro zip files" and folders created and get my documents to open up with the right typefaces again. Sorry, FAP - it's bye-bye for this long-time user.
Like (3)
Version 7.1.3
1 answer(s)
spinko
27 March 2019
totally agree ! I'm going crazy with the longest font lists I have ever seen... most duplicates are system fonts. Somehow, FAP cannot get this right. I'm looking for a better alternative as well.
Like
11 June 2017
bye bye Fontagent. I've used it since v2 but now all features I loved are gone. Everything was simple. Today I had to install v7 behause of Sierra and I'm sad to say that I don't like the new version These are my beloved features in earlier (better) times: - left side installed fonts, right side my own Sets. Was easy to use. Is it possible to get the old 2 column view back? Is it somewhere hidden? - I've had a to of Subsets. Now everything is in a very long list on the left side. - Buttons for switching Sets on and off in the Toolbar. Gray in grey, but impossible to see which of them is for on or off. Bad design, unusable. All this is based on the current v7.2.2
Like (4)
Version 7.1.3