Font Tools, Typography Tools, Software, Utilities
The Font, Typography Tools section includes links to font/type creation and editing software, font conversion tools, and font management software, font viewers, and helpful font utilities.
In addition, do you need to match an existing font for a project but you're not sure what it is? Do you have a graphic, logo or other sample of a font but don't know what it's called? Are you trying to locate a specific font but you're not sure who makes it? You'll also find resources below to help identify fonts and for font-specialized search engines.
On this page:
- Font Creation or Conversion Software
- Font Management Programs, Viewers, Utilities
- Identify Fonts
- Find Fonts Online: Font Specialized Search Engines
Also within Fonts:
- Fonts Home
- Freeware, Shareware Font Sites (2 pages)
- Font Foundries (2 pages)
- Pixel Fonts, Screen Fonts (1 page)
- Fonts for Education, Teaching, Learning (1 page)
- Euro Symbol Fonts and Information (1 page)
- Foreign Language Fonts, Non-English Language Fonts (1 page)
- Music Fonts: Music Notation Fonts, Music Dingbats, Band Fonts (1 page)
- Newsgroups About Fonts (1 page)
- About the Fonts Section Listings
More Font, Typography Tools within Web Site Resources:
Font Creation or Conversion Software
The font creation, editing, and conversion software below are well received and popular. For tutorials on their use, see WebsiteTips.com's Web Resources Typography Articles, Tutorials, and Books on Typography section.
Convert Mac TrueType and PostScript Type1 fonts to Windows format and Windows TrueType and Type1 fonts to Mac format. $45 shareware from ASY (Acute Systems).
- Font Creator
from High Logic. Shareware program to create your own fonts, make your handwriting into a font, or make changes to existing fonts. Two editions are available to suit user needs. For Windows.
- Fontlab Studio
Fontlab Studio is a popular font creator and editor. Supports a variety of formats, including TrueType, Type 1, Multiple Master, OpenType, pixel fonts, and more. Available for both Windows and Mac.
from Macromedia. Design your own fonts or add to existing royalty-free fonts with this program, considered one of the main standards for font design. Available for Windows and Mac.
- Softy Font Editor
Font Editing shareware program created by David Emmett. Download the latest version, FAQ available, read more about the program, more. For Windows. Shareware is (US) $25, or (England) 15 pounds sterling. For tutorials, also see Grumpy's How-To on Softy Font Editor and Angela Cable's Softy Tutorial.
Download the latest version here (only 16.7KB) from Websitetips.com.
Font Management Software Programs, Viewers, Utilities
- Advanced Fonts Viewer
A basic font viewing program allowing all installed fonts to be viewed simultaneously, including example text to which you can choose font size and color. Printing of samples possible, too. Available for Windows only in freeware and shareware versions. [Thanks to its creator, Alexander G. Styopkin for this submission!]
- Extensis Font Reserve
Font Manager is a leading industry font management program, completely integrated application that works in the background, has auto-activation within Quark, Illustrator, and InDesign. Includes integrated direct connection to MyFonts.com, too. Available for both Mac and Windows. Great reputation. I've used Font Reserve for years now and love it.
- Extensis Suitcase
A leading font management tool for both Mac and Windows. Organize, preview, automatically activate your fonts, and more.
from ConquerWare. Browse fonts on your computer, in a separate file, on a CD without having to install them. This program will install fonts or remove fonts, print complete samples of fonts, and much more. Freeware or $5 shareware (unbelievably inexpensive and a fabulous program). I've used FontLister for years as a lightweight, easy and convenient font tool. For Windows.
MainType is a powerful font manager for Windows that offers a straightforward and easy-to-use interface to help you maintain your fonts. MainType includes features for novice users who just want to view and install fonts as well as advanced features for graphic designers and typographers. For your convenience the character grid shows all characters grouped in Unicode blocks. You can also print (along with print preview) results in outstanding reports. Available for Windows. [Software by High-Logic.com.]
- The FontThing
Font organizer for Windows PCs by Sue Fisher. Often recommended by many designers. Freeware.
- Thumbs Plus
"Locate, view, edit, print and organize your images, metafiles, fonts and movies" and more, too. For Windows and MACs. About $75. Good program for font management as well as images and more. Available for instant download at their site as well as on CD-ROM by postal mail.
Online Tools to Help Identify Fonts
Have a graphic, logo or other sample of a font but don't know what it's called? Check one of these sites to help.
1. Identify a font by answering a series of questions; 2. find a typeface by its name and see a sample. Helpful tool!
- Linotype Font Finder: Autmatic Font Identifier
Identify a font by answering a series of questions about various letters. Quite a helpful tool to help you identify a font!
Upload a scanned image of a font at this site, and they'll tell you the closest match. Fabulous tool at MyFonts.com.
Software to Help Identify Fonts
A desktop font identification solution that looks at the fonts on your computer. From their site:
You can ask FontMatch™ to “look” at a sample and compare it to each font on your computer. FontMatch™ compares positive and negative space in a manner very similar to the way your eyes do, matching patterns to determine the best “fit.” After examining each font, it displays two images side by side: the one you supplied, and FontMatch's best answer. Or you can scroll through each of the answers, and see a percentage for each one that represents the closeness of the fit. Unlike the online font identification utilities, this program matches only to the fonts that you already have in your computer.Looks like a fabulous program. Available for Mac and PC. [Software created by Stretched Out Software.]
Find Fonts Online: Font Specialized Search Engines
Check one of these font searches with keywords or if you know the name of a font but need the foundry.
Try FontSeek's search engine to locate fonts. If you know the name, you can find which font foundry has it, and even compare prices within the search results. In testing this search engine, I found truly amazing search results that can save hours of scouring the Net. Also at the site is a listing of top ranked freeware/shareware font sites with links to them.
- Graphic Obsession Font Search
Search by font name, by font foundry, by language, font style (display, gothic, serif, sans-serif, etc.), or by font theme (classic, fantasy, manuscript, dingbats, historical fonts). Review font samples with all the characters, type in your own words to see how it looks in a particular font, learn where to purchase the font. Very helpful.