Moving on with Font Management

I recently saw Editorial New by Pangram Pangram.

It’s got some freebie downloads, which I’m a sucker for. If I end up using it for something, I’ll be back for the rest. The system works.

Normally I’d download what I can and file them away in my FontExplorer X software. But alas, I can’t invest any more time into that. I said I was going to try Typeface 3, and I’ve pulled the trigger.

One thing I was surprised about: upon opening Typeface 3, all my fonts were just… already in there.

It even did a pretty good job, seemingly instantaneously, of tagging them with the basics like serif, sans-serif, and monospace. That alone is pretty darn useful. It’s easy to activate/deactivate them and create my own taxonomies. Fantastic. I’ll have to recreate my other taxonomies, but whatever, cleaning house can be fun.

It’s quick to find other really neat features in there. LOOK AT THIS ONE. How cool is it that I can DRAG to adjust font-size and line-height?

Get out of here. Those example layouts are icing on the typographical cake. There are more cool features than I have the time to cover here, so I’m suitably impressed and will likely stick with it.

One thing tripped me up a little. With FontExplorer X, I could just drop the font onto the application and it would pick up the font files and move them into an organized place of my choosing. For me, a folder in Dropbox, so that all my fonts are synced with my other computers and backed up.

Typeface 3 doesn’t really do that. It doesn’t move your font files, it just links up their current location. At first I was like oh no, how am I gonna do this? But it turns out the answer is fairly simple. While it doesn’t officially support “sync”, it kinda does. You just use the default “Import Fonts from Folder” function and point it to a folder (for me, the Dropbox > Fonts folder). That not only will import all the fonts from there, it will keep it updated.

Typeface can keep your library up to date if you import font directories instead of individual fonts. These linked locations are scanned for new fonts automatically on launch, so you don’t have to import fonts manually.

Very nice. Effectively the same thing, minus the automatic organization. So as long as I import that same folder on multiple machines, all I do is drop fonts in there and they’ll be synced.

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