It should come as no surprise that I am a huge font geek. I can honestly say that I can get lost on font and typophile sites with the same joyful abandon that I click around Pinterest. One font can launch a new designs as easily as a beautiful color pallet. And so, it follows, I have about 1500 of these crazy cats romping around my hard drive. Considering that I have several hundred dollars invested in the ones I use commercially it’s really important that they do not drop off the radar when I have my drawing board open. But, if you’re like me, it is a huge buzz kill to scroll down that long list of fonts when you have a layout open.
It’s tiny- and its tedious. Now, here’s a huge disclaimer- as much of a geek that I am- I am not the savviest tech-chick. Heck, it wasn’t until about 3 months ago that I really got a handle on what meta-data is and why in the world one might even want it in their photos! I have a PC and run windows 7- so a lot of the cool Mac tools are just out of the question for me. But I set out in the beginning of this month with a nice long list of organizational To-dos, and one of them was to herd those cats I call fonts into some semblance of order- I needed to make them easily searchable- and, um, I didn’t want to pay a cent for it. (Keeping more moolah in my pocket is also high on that list!)
So, I Googled around a bit, searching for “font management”, read a bunch of forums and reviews- downloaded a few duds, and finally came across one that really worked nicely for me. (BTW- this is just me sharing my experience- I’m not getting compensated in any way other than the fact that it has made my life a little easier 😉 But I found a neat free (yay!) program called Nexus Font- I downloaded it from CNET- first using their downloader – which spammed me with ads and junk- then I freaked a bit, deleted it and tried the direct CNET download and things went well – you can also find it here at Xiles . What’s awesome is that you can not only see all your fonts nice and big- and have them display the text you’d like- but you can also make a set of your favorite fonts! It takes about a Cuppa Joe’s amount of time to do this at first- but it is well worth it. It turns out- I have about 200 favorite fonts- so seeing those all at once, as opposed to scrolling thru 1500 is a BIG time saver for me. I also made a set of Commercial Fonts- to help in the question of whether I have permission to use a font commercially. The MOST IMPORTANT thing to remember is to create your set BEFORE you start selecting what needs to go into it. That is, make a “Favorite for Scrapping ” set first then start selecting what you’d like to go there. I learned this the hard way 😉 They have a great help forum HERE.
Maybe I’m the last one to this organizational party- and you all have this baby already- but maybe there are a few of you wresting with roaming fonts like I was- hope this helps a bit~ Happy Herding!