By ToThePoint Software
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Font Sleuth is a font browser and organizer with a focused feature set enabling users to find fonts fast. Create font groups according to your own criteria for even faster font location. Using the Font Sleuth Viewer window, you can view your installed or uninstalled fonts in a wysiwyg list (displayed in their font faces) with your own sample text and live text resizing.
With the Display window you can quickly browse fonts and see each one displayed with the attributes you choose: sample text, size, color, and alignment.
Run a font slideshow with font attributes your choose and that can be adjusted while the slideshow is running: size, color, sample text, and alignment.
Print and save wysiwyg font lists.
View Font Book collections
What's New in Version 2.4.2
- improved installed font recognition
- uninstalled font folders favorites list
Very Useful, but Missing A Few Obvious Functions + One Major Glitch
This app is by no means perfect, but it does fill a void between 1.) the total crap previewers with no flexibility and just barely more efficiency than the incredibly tedious native Font Book and 2.) the incredibly expensive "font managers" that are pro level and run around $100. Yikes!
One definite problem here is that it gets real crashy when importing multiple folders of uninstalled fonts for preview. As far as I can tell you're best off having them all in one folder because if you try to import 2 or especially 3, you'll get an annoying alert* after which nothing short of uninstalling and re-installing will allow any importing at all. *The alert: "An exception of class NilObjectException was not handled. The application must shut down." Not in the least helpful or comprehensible; yep, must be a computer alert. (Be forewarned, I've seen forum posters that say that alert indicates careless missing lines of code to handle minor problems. But so far this is the only dysfunction, and workaround seems stable.
Another slight problem is that you can't form favorites / category groups of uninstalled fonts, only the installed ones. This had me very frustrated before I read that current/recent systmes allow many installed fonts without slowing things down, so hopefully this won't be a problem demanding a lot of busywork installing and uninstalling. (I've read this developer's more robust - but at over $40 price - full font manager called Fontcase installed and uninstalled in groups for this purpose. Seems the rare necessity for this function is part of why they discontinued it.)
This app can handily install chosen fonts on the fly, up to 3 selections at once seemingly, but disappointingly can not deactivate or remove any already installed font; requiring you to switch between Font Book to weed out unwanted items. IMO that is a lame beta-level oversight for a $15 app that does very similar functions. Also lame is that neither the Page Up and Down buttons or arrows can be used to navigate. Since you can preview many fonts at once in very large size if desired, it doesn't make for the full carpal tunnel clicking, eye-straining nightmare of native Font Book, but it's insane that developers still leave this functionality out of apps that require a lot of navigation and selection. Hello developers, usability is key, use the tools! Efficiency means staying on the keyboard whenever possible, this is a MUST for heavy users managing carpal tunnel to prevent numbness and outright pain; pretty important!!! This is old news, at this point it's as thoughtless as not putting seatbelts. Maybe there should be a law, but let's not bring the gov't into it, just use your heads and don't cut corners on basic functionality.
On the bright side, view of multiple fonts is very helpful, and there are nice extra features for manipulating font elements and comparing renderings in a "slide show" mode. Font Book can group, but CAN'T show you side by side or full row comparisons which is a plain head-slapper. Cheap font preview app Everfont shows multiple previews but there is no grouping function to compare what you like side by side, or collect best options for accesses, so Font Slueth is a time and hassle saver for that alone.
So despite no key navidation, this does help cut down on a lot of tedious actions including trial and error with fonts. Installation of fonts works well, just be careful to bring uninstalled fonts into Font Slueth from the same single folder. Repeated import attempts and you're asking for a crash that will demand re-installation and you will lose any grouping work that was previously saved. If they could just fix that and let directional buttons to work I'd be a lot more enthusiastic, add to this an uninstalling function and you'd have a very complete app that would be even more of a bargain. But so far it looks well worth it even just it as is.
- Category: Graphics & Design
- Updated: Jan 07, 2014
- Version: 2.4.2
- Size: 9.3 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Terry Findlay
- © ToThePoint Software
Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later