Elegance is not a word that you would associate with Font Book, Apple’s built-in font management application. Personally, I found Font Book to be clunky and annoying at best. For designers, who have font collections ranging in the thousands, managing and previewing text in Font Book is far from ideal.
It’s time for another “Ask the Editor” post today. A big thank you to everyone who sent in their questions – it’s great to have the chance to help you out with your Mac-related queries and quibbles.
Today I’ll be offering some advice about software for managing your font library, explaining a (slightly geeky) process for taking a look at the applications accessing your hard drive, suggesting software for helping with academic research, and helping a reader get to grips with GeekTool.
Read on for plenty of handy Mac knowledge, and I hope you’ll find most of it useful for your own situation as well!
I’m pleased to let you know that we’ve selected all the competition winners, and their details are as follows:
Lestyn Lloyd, Michael Polák, and Riccardo Luigi Varisco
Andrew (@andrewpflynn), Ivan Nikolić, and Schellman
RHett, Nur Azam, and Tomas Bartko
Eduardo Partida, WebKarnage, and Aaron Jackson
Congratulations to you all, and thanks for reading AppStorm!
Old Competition Announcement
We have an absolutely fantastic competition for you all today, giving away three licenses of every Mac application developed by Bohemian Coding.
Known for their beautifully designed software, Bohemian Coding have created a series of wonderful apps that you have a chance to win today. They are:
- Fontcase – Fontcase is a font management application that provides an elegant and powerful workflow to help you organize the fonts you have installed on your system.
- DrawIt – DrawIt is a vector editing application with support for bitmap-like image filters.
- Sketch – The most important part of any drawing application is arguably the drawing area, so we’ve just made Sketch contain one big and infinitely large view with no palettes to be seen. That doesn’t mean we’ve compromised on the tools though.
- SlipCover – SlipCover makes it easy to create custom case icons for all your media files.
How to Enter
Entering is really easy. All you need to do is retweet the following message, and leave a comment with your Twitter username!
Just entered a competition to win Fontcase, Sketch, DrawIt and SlipCover courtesy of @macappstorm: http://bit.ly/cjfLcR
Best of luck!. We’ll be picking the winners in exactly one week, on Thursday the 14th. Thanks for taking part!
I’m pleased to announce that the three lucky recipients of a Fontcase license are:
- Marcus Keely
- Tyler Johnson
Your license code will be on the way shortly! Thanks to everyone who entered, and we’ll be running another giveaway soon.
It’s competition time again, and today we’re giving away three licenses for Fontcase, a wonderful font management app for OS X. We recently revisited our review of Fontcase to take a look at a few of the new features added in the latest version (including auto-activation and duplicate detection).
Entering the competition is very straight-forward. All you need to do is:
- Post a link to this competition – either on your website, or via Twitter
- Leave a comment, letting me know where you posted the link!
The competition will run for one week, and we’ll announce the winners on the Thursday 15th April. Good luck, and enjoy your weekend!
When we first reviewed Fontcase over a year ago, one of the things we said we’d like to see was auto-activation. If you take a look at the comments on that review, you will see that several readers agreed, and one or two said very plainly that this was a deal-breaker for them. So long as Fontcase, for all its obvious beauty and other great features, didn’t offer auto-activation, they would stick with whatever they were using already.
Well, happy day! Bohemian Coding have recently released a new version of Fontcase, which includes a few important changes and improvements.
Whilst OS X ships with a huge array of stunning software, one area lacking is that of font management. The basic tool shipping with Leopard is Font Book, a very straight forward and simple app with few advanced features. A few tools have appeared to fill this gap in the market, notably FontExplorer X and Suitcase Fusion. Another competitor emerging in recent months has been Fontcase, developed by Bohemian Coding.
Fontcase aims to replicate the ease of use found in an application such as iPhoto, applying it to the task of managing your font collection. The interface is uncluttered and intuitive, sharing many innovative user interface design features found in Apple software. A few feature-highlights include versatile metadata support, the ability to share fonts on your local network and fantastic ways to preview all your fonts.
This review will provide an overview of what Fontcase has to offer, along with why it may be worth giving a try over your existing font management app. It isn’t yet perfect, but breathes fresh air into this area of software.