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    Personal management of fonts

    Hi there, I really need some tips from you guys,

    there are thousands of fonts in my computer, but I don't know how to manage them, I have fontexpert program, however, when it comes to start some projects, I spend much time to sort out and find a proper font. How do you choose a suitable font for each project?

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    This has always been and still is an issue for me.

    If you're using Adobe InDesign CC, and I believe Illustrator CC, of my favorite features are the fact that you can favorite your favorite fonts. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdarling View Post
    This has always been and still is an issue for me.

    If you're using Adobe InDesign CC, and I believe Illustrator CC, of my favorite features are the fact that you can favorite your favorite fonts. :)

    Get suitcase fusion and then you can make sets for diffrent fonts so have styles in folders which makes it easier choosing the correct font for the job

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    Double the vote for Suitcase Fusion. I've just recently started using it, and it's great. You can find it here, btw... I think I may have posted a version for mac? If not, let me know and I will.

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    any available for mac?

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    I've tried a bunch but have found Extensis Suitcase & Linotype FontExplorer to be the best (both on Mac). They give you complete control – what's on/off, organise them in sets & more – makes life so much easier when you can find what you want quickly. Worth the small investment. Currently using FontExplorer because I kept getting errors on my fonts in Suitcase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aewrap View Post
    Any good recommendations for a font manager for a small company of 3 (we're all on the same nerk). We just really need to organize.
    Extensis Universal Type Server ($1395) & FontExplorer X Server ($1599 will do the job but the price point is probably a bit high I'm guessing.

    I'd just run of their single user products on each machine & keep the font folder on the server. If you keep a master of the font database & update it on each machine when you add new fonts it should work. A little more fiddly but you'll save yourself more than a grand!

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    I miss Adobe Type Mananger, really good but no updates anymore.

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    suitcase fusion may help you to organize fonts, but It's expensive, but worth to buy If you're doing business that really need to use fonts for publishing company (magazines).

    If just for home user, my sugestion is use font book from mac and choose and preview fonts that you want to use manually :)

    or you can use FontExplorer ( www.fontexplorerx.com ) only $89

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    Nexus Font - free software
    http://www.xiles.net/nexusfont/

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    The perfect solution is you got a pack of favorite fonts, often used, all other fonts can arrange the arganizan as pages of free fonts by categories, but only recommend their favorite fonts.


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    Font organization

    I like to organize them into parent>child groups like this:

    Parent Font Style:
    - Cartoon
    - Condensed
    - Dingbats
    - Fantasy
    - Geometric (Sans serif)
    - Humanist (Sans serif)
    - Modern (Serif)
    - Old Style (Serif)
    - Pixel
    - Sans Serif
    - Script (Casual)
    - Script (Formal)
    - Serif
    - Slab (Serif)
    - Transitional (Sans Serif)
    - Transitional (Serif)
    - Typewriter
    - Vernacular

    Parent Families
    *each family is a child group

    Parent Foundries
    *each foundry is a child group

    Parent Assorted
    * I separate the source of the font as the group, e.g. "Fontsquirrel"

    The fonts are repeated in each category they are pertinent to.
    i.e., Font "A" is a Condensed, Sans Serif font family from Linotype,
    so it goes into "Condensed" as well as in "Sans Serif", "Linotype" and "Font A" Family.

    This makes finding the perfect font really fast, as long as you know what kind of font you are looking for.

    J

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    I think JayFlow's answer is the closest to what I would like. It really depends on how you classify fonts. You could arrange them in typographic categories, according to foundry, design date, ... There's a few possibilities, but it depends on what works best for you. The software you use to that is in my opinion less relevant.

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    suitcase fusion is a good solution, but for old schooler like my if you had relatively less font you can create various folder for each style so you can easily search what you want, in the years I have stored about 800 font and I divided them in:

    Handwritten
    Carolingian
    Gothic
    Computer
    Cursive
    Elegant
    Cartoon
    Dingbat
    Horror
    Capitol letter
    Normal
    Oriental
    Strange
    Retro
    Wide
    Wenster

    naturally this is the best division for me, every one must choose his proper folder

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    I separte them according their foundry of origin. I try to keep a couple of favourites high quality type foundries.

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