When I chose a font for a project, I always spend way too much time. I'd like to type the copy in a program, and it would be displayed in each font installed on my computer so I can compare which font is the best (in terms of kerning, etc). This is a work-intensive alternative - I don't have time to do this, and my installed fonts change often.

I remember I used to be able to do that with free apps a long time ago under Mac OS 9 (Font Image Library, Font Gander, etc), and commercial font websites let you type custom text, but I cannot find any apps that do it for installed fonts under Mac OS X.

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    There are really a few font management apps for either OS - FontXplorer, Suitcase, FontAgentPro.. just search for "font manger" you can view installed or uninstalled fonts easily. I voted to close this because A) it's not really graphic design based (maybe SuperUser.com) and B) which is "best" is really just opinion. Also, see here.
    – Scott
    Commented Jun 25, 2019 at 20:04
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    I disagree with Ⓐ and Ⓑ but not with Ⓒ! (See what I did there?) Fonts are absolutely designs, whether they represent letters, dingbats, hieroglyphs... and 100% of designers chose fonts regularly in their workflow. And I'm not asking what's "best" - just what it's called and whether it exists. BUT you're right, this question was asked, I just didn't see it. Commented Jun 25, 2019 at 20:35
  • Viewing fonts on an OS is an OS question.. not a design question. But, that's merely my opinion. Fr what it's worth, I've used FontAgent Pro for a decade on the Mac without any complaints.
    – Scott
    Commented Jun 25, 2019 at 20:37
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    @GerardFalla but be sure to look at the instructions for auto-activation in InDesign.... ugh :) I too thought it looked nice (although I have no interest right now in replacing FontAgent). But then, I saw there were "special" options for InDesign. I wonder how it fairs with Illustrator.
    – Scott
    Commented Jun 25, 2019 at 20:58
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    @Scott: Comparing fonts is something that designers do more than other people. Hence designers tend to have the most experience about how to best do this. Hence it is a good question for designers, i.e., this community. Please see this Meta discussion.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Jun 26, 2019 at 8:14

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I have been using Font Preview for several years, and quite like it - allows multi font comparative previews of custom sample text quite easily - here's a screengrab from off my main graphics & 3D modeling machine:

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Cheap, fast, lower system overhead than native Font Book, and easy to use.

Hope that helps.


You can use the free version of FontBase, I've tried it on Windows and it works great, but I never tried on Mac.

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