By MyFonts Inc.
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
Identify the fonts in a photo or web graphic!
Ever seen a great font in a magazine ad, poster, or on the web and wondered what font it is? Whip out your iPhone and snap a photo, and WhatTheFont will identify that font in seconds!
WhatTheFont for iPhone connects directly to MyFonts' acclaimed WhatTheFont™ font identification service, which has been helping customers pinpoint mystery fonts at the MyFonts.com web site for 12 years. It works via Wi-Fi or the mobile phone network, so you can get your font fix right there on the spot.
First-edition iPod touch and iPad users — you may not have a camera, but you can still get in on the action! WhatTheFont for iPhone will identify fonts in images saved from apps such as Safari and Mail.
* Snap a photo right within the app
* Choose saved photos from the Photo Library
* On-device image processing optimizes upload for speed and accuracy
* View font details within the app
* Send e-mail summaries of search results, complete with font previews
What's New in Version 1.1.1
Bug fixes and minor enhancements, including:
* Fixed iOS5 crashing
* Fixed missing button bar on the "E-mail results list" screen
* High resolution graphics for Retina display
* Real progress bar during image upload
* Streamlined character-selection UI
This App Does Not Do What It Says It Does
I am a freelance graphic artist and constantly download new fonts to use on client work. Many times, clients will request a specific font based off of an image but do not know the name of the font. I often times have to search for fonts that are similar to the one the client is looking for, so this app seemed like a great solution. Only problem is, the app works nothing like advertised. It has the hardest time recognizing the simplest of fonts and if I can ever even get through the process of identifying letters in the picture with it recognizing letters and not the space between them, the recommended fonts aren't even close to resembling the original font I was trying match. I have downloaded this app multiple times over the past few years to see if it has been improved or to see if it will just so happen to work for me this one time, but I always end up with the same disappointing results every time.
I was trying to better reproduce some lettering on a poster for my daughter's homework. The existing letters looked almost like the "Impact", but were slightly different. They were large, white letters with a black border. Very clear and easy to read. I loaded up this app to identify the font so I made sure I could duplicate it correctly.
No matter how many pictures I took, the program could not identify any letters. It would identify the *space* between an "R" and an "A" as the letter "M", but not even see the R or A. It would identify multiple letters as a single letter, and prompted me to type in what strange, new letter it didn't understand. When I tapped the "Identify" button, it suggested crazy cursive and fantasy fonts - nothing that looked even close to the font I needed.
I understand that this program does all of the work server-side, and that it may be having issues - but the one time I really needed it, it failed me.
Great app! Does a fairly good job identifying a font or finding something similar. My new obsession is snapping pictures of various objects with words and seeing what this app comes up with. It's not perfect; I feel like it needs more fonts in its database, and needs some improvements on letter recognition. However, it's great for what you get for free. It's a nice app for designers or anyone obsessed with typography.
Try the app for yourself to see if it is something you'll find purposeful. You have nothing to lose, especially since it's free.
Here's some tips for you if you're having problems with this app:
*Small pictures work better and faster. Resize or crop a picture if the app is taking too long to identify the font.
*Make sure the letters are clearly visible. High contrasted images (really dark words on a light background) work best.
*If you take a picture of the words going vertical (up and down), make sure you rotate the picture so the words are going horizontal (left to right). It won't work otherwise.