Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Write it down, Wednesdays, Font Managers.

Welcome to this weeks Write it down, Wednesday! This week we are talking Font managers. With every passing font that catches our interest, we hit that download button and then add the font to our list of fonts in windows.  That list that seems endless, never to find that font we are looking for.   I use Windows and managing fonts in Windows is just a pain to do.  All the downloaded fonts can weigh heavy on your system resources and slow down performance because Windows loads all font information at boot time.  This is where a good font manager comes in.
Here's what a good font manager can do for you:

  1. Easy installation of new fonts with intuitive interfaces, losing the need to dig through system directories to find the font again.
  2. Font protection against accidental deletions. If you spend a lot of money on expensive fonts, you’ll definitely want to keep them safe.
  3. Organization of all fonts. Depending on the font manager, you may be able to store fonts in multiple directories to maintain some semblance of order.
  4. Dynamic loading of fonts to reduce system resource usage. Again, this one depends on the font manager, but some allow you to load and unload fonts at will instead of loading them all into memory at startup.
So which font manager is the best one and is it right for you?  I have listed a few free font managers for you to check out, and you can make the choice of which one will work best for you. 

Nexus Font (Free): This program works somewhat uniquely. Instead of installing fonts to the system, you can install them into NexusFont itself. While NexusFont is running, all fonts loaded into the program are available to the system. When NexusFont is closed, the fonts become unavailable. This saves on space and memory, plus NexusFont doesn’t need to be installed, making it a serious contender for best portable program. This is a great program to use as a back up if you use different computers to scrap on.  Use it to keep your must have fonts on so when you need them you always have them no matter what computer your using. 

AMP Font Viewer (Free): This incredible program offers a lot of usefulness for its price. It can hold a repository of fonts that are separated into two groups: Installed and Non-Installed fonts. Fonts can be temporarily installed in case you want to just test them out or you only need them for a little while. They can even be tagged and categorized for easy organization.

Font Frenzy (Free): This nifty program comes with four useful tools:  FrenzyMan lets you add and install one or multiple font files. Defrenzy deletes all fonts except the ones that shipped with the system. FrenzySnap takes a snapshot (or backup) of the Fonts folder and Refrenzy can restore fonts that were snapshotted by FrenzySnap. For most users, Font Frenzy is awesome.

 Font Runner(Free): is similar to NexusFont. It has a preview list rather than selecting one font at a time, displays Unicode, has user-defined group by favorite folders or projects (sets in NexusFont), and allows drag'n'drop of files and folders even from Windows Explorer.  You can search by font name, by similarity to the selected font, or for characters in other fonts that match the selected character. The latter is useful for finding Unicode fonts with similar character blocks. 

 Nexus font and Amp Font are the 2 font managers I love using.  I use Amp on a daily basis and only have it on my desktop.  I use Nexus as my back up of my go to fonts for journaling and page titles, I use it when I am on my laptop traveling or away from home on another computer. They both take some time to set up and get use to just as any other program, but they were easy to figure out and use.  In the end what really matters is you are happy with the one your are using, and if not there are plenty of other font managers to try.  It's just investing a little time to find the perfect one for you. Once you see the time saved and how is easy it was to find that perfect font for your layout, you will wonder how you ever managed before you found it.  Just one Warning!!!!!  Using a font manager just may turn you into a font junkie!  Use at your own  Have a wonderful evening and make sure you stop back to check out this weeks Friday Freebie!

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