Graphic designers know how important it is to choose a correct font in order for an application, a website, or a marketing campaign to make a good first impression. If you just look at typography as a single aspect of a very complex project, than you’ll see that this aspect has many layers in itself and isn’t as simple as it might seem. In fact, there are a lot of people whose main mission is to explore ways of modern typography so you can find countless books, tutorials, and professional critiques of used typography in almost any kind of media. This also somewhat reflected on an average user, who became aware of using fonts and how they affect published material.
For many, using Apple’s Font Book is just enough to sort out installed fonts and to explore how they look, feel, and interact with each other. This is also the place where you can create your own collection of favorites, so you can always easily access them. But even though this tool is deeply integrated into OSX, there are still other solutions available, both for professionals and enthusiasts as well.
In this article we’ll take a look at an application simply named Fonts, made by Bohemian Coding. This application is designed to replace Apple’s own Font Book, and could be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $10.
This first thing you’ll notice about Font is its amazing design. It’s clear that designers were inspired by iOS7 and created an application that imitates OSX transition to flat design. I believe that many users will buy this application simply because of its good looks, so this is also a valid selling point. You can see the interface design of Fonts by looking at the pictures in this article, so I won’t spend too much time explaining this aspect, and instead I’ll dive into functionality of this app.
Even though I was very impressed by its appearance, my excitement started to disappear once I saw how limited this application is. For example, you won’t be able to activate nor deactivate fonts, print out specimens, or do anything else that’s a little bit more than basic. What you’ll be able to do is to preview fonts, as well as all the weights and single glyphs as well. You’ll be also able to try out fonts by writing a few letters in order to see how that will look like. This is easy way to compare fonts, so in these terms I could say that Fonts is very usable. You’ll be also able to create your own collections, which are going to be visible throughout OSX, so you can get quick access to those few favorite fonts.
I guess that many buyers will be impressed by its great interface design, so they’ll purchase Fonts without seeing how limited it is. This is why you can see many dissatisfied users around the web, so my recommendation is to be honest to yourself. In case you need just a simple tool to organize and preview your font collection, than I would recommend this application. In case you need a bit more advanced tool, than this is not the application for you. And you’ll need to be prepared to pay $10 for a tool that already comes with any OSX version.