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There’s people who know that using Comic Sans is an invitation to mockery and that Helvetica Neue is the official designer font of record, and then there’s people who have meticulously curated libraries of hundreds and thousands of fonts. For the former, the built-in Font Book app has typically been enough — there’s the tools to add and preview fonts that most people need. There’s more advanced font management tools, but they’re simply too much for most of us.

Bohemian Coding, the team behind the incredibly popular design tool Sketch and the now-unsupported font management tool Fontcase, has just released a beautiful new font app aimed at the casual user and designers alike: Fonts. It’s the first font app that’s designed for the vast majority of Mac users, with a UI that’s reminiscent of what we can only imagine an iOS 7 inspired OS X redesign would look like.

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Two years ago, a little project showed up on Kickstarter that’d excite anyone who loves old typography and traditional printing presses: LetterMpress. It was a rather ambitious project to recreate the traditional craft of letterpress printing on the then-new iPad. The project was successful, and they acquired authentic wood type collections, digitalized them, and put them inside a virtual printing press. You could drag wood type and art around on your screen, mix colors, and “print” letterpress art to your heart’s content. It was the next-best-thing to buying and restoring an antique letterpress printer.

Later that year, the Mpressinteractive team brought the original LetterMpress to the Mac, then set to work on their next app: SimplyMpress. Released just a few months ago, SimplyMpress made it much simpler to make letterpress art on your Mac, albeit without the photo-realstic printing press and traditional tools you’d find in their original app. Together, they’re the best apps for making letterpress-style art, but which one should you get?

Let’s take a look at SimplyMpress, along with the app that started it all, LetterMpress, and see which one you should add to your Launchpad before taking on your next poster design project. (more…)

Typographic artwork is very popular at the moment with all sorts images being created, from maps to movie posters. They look really cool but don’t you just wish that you could do it yourself using any picture you want?

Wordify brings creating these types of graphics to your Mac in a very simple to use app that will convert any image you want into a typographic piece of art. It gives you beautiful results, and actually looks great doing so.

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Quick Look posts are paid submissions offering only a brief overview of an app. Vote in the polls below if you think this app is worth an in-depth AppStorm review!

In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting Art Text. The developer describes Art Text as a program for creating high quality textual graphics, headings, logos, icons, web site elements and buttons. You can use the resulting graphic with Apple iWork, iWeb, Microsoft Office, BeLight applications, and various other text edit and web design programs.

Read on for more information and screenshots!

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Winners Announced

I’m pleased to announce that the three lucky recipients of a Fontcase license are:

  • Marcus Keely
  • Tyler Johnson
  • Deskman

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:

  1. Post a link to this competition – either on your website, or via Twitter
  2. 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.

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