I’ve spent an incredible amount of time over the last two weeks figuring out how to handle fonts effectively. NOW I’ve finally got a workable solution.
I tried Suitcase & Font Doctor from Extensis, but frankly it doesn’t work. Says fonts are bad, doesn’t pick up other fonts, try to fix fonts then they don’t work in Photoshop – pain in the buttocks! I gave Font Explorer a whirl, but the interface is weird and doesn’t work very well for me… I didn’t try the Adobe product simply because it appears to only do Open Type, since that’s in the products title – need all font types… I also started up Font Reserve, hmm since I don’t remember anything about it other then the title, pretty much says it all.
Bloody hell!!! After hours of time waiting for other programs to get on with it and then still not work! FontAgent Pro had me all sorted in a couple hours. I’ve now imported all my fonts; taken control of all the Windows fonts so all my apps are speedy speedy; and it was a piece of cake.
If your on Windows and aren’t getting all you need from your current font management tool, give FontAgent Pro a go.
The only bit missing now is a plugin to auto active the fonts in Photoshop CS3, hopefully that’ll be coming soon. For $100 it is going to save me all sorts of headaches as ZN Dynamic build more sites. Theses designer types can by very creative with type setting. I just want to be able to export the images cleanly & easily out of Photoshop, so my xhtml renders nicely.