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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.6 stars

    out of 134 votes

    • 5 star: 60
    • 4 star: 21
    • 3 star: 15
    • 2 star: 13
    • 1 star: 25
  • Current version:

    4.0 stars

    out of 7 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 2.0 stars

    "I really want this app to work for me but..."

    December 30, 2008  |   By grh-svo

    Version: FontAgent Pro 4.0.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    4.01 at least, does not behave in a civilized way.

    Making sets involves some non-intuitive steps. Or maybe I should say the dialogs and descriptions are not intuitive. The app tells you that it will delete the originals you are moving so make sure you have copies. But isn't the new collection that FontAgent is about to make, a copy? I think rather than the app itself being faulty, the wording is unhelpful.

    FontAgent promises to check all my fonts looking for corruption. And it does find some. So why must I put up with endless notifications during actual use, that this or that font is corrupt? I do a re-start for example and I then must tolerate endless irritating dialogs that a dozen or more fonts conflict with system fonts. Well, don't activate the dammed things then! I didn't ask you to activate them and they are not in my start-up set.

    Besides, they behave ok after those warning dialogs have gone.

    Auto-activate notifications are a pain. They ride on top of everything else and I must wait for them to disappear.

    I moved all fonts except the system/library/fonts to a separate location to avoid inadvertently activating more than just my preferred start-up set. Yet my apps sometimes show me the entire set of fonts. Thousands of them! (On other launch occasions, FontAgent will randomly activate nothing, leaving me with only a dozen system fonts available to use. Very annoying.)

    I also think the interface is poorly-designed. Panes too small to be useful, Appearance is boring system 9 style.

    I have been using Macs since 1988 and I am not any sort of novice. Yet I am constantly confused by fonts in general and management apps like this one, in particular. i really really need a strong, professional font management tool. FontAgent Pro is not it. Unfortunately, I don;t know offhand of one that is what i want. But I'm determined to find it if it exists.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Had to downgrade."

    August 27, 2008  |   By Shurakai

    Version: FontAgent Pro 4.0.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I've used version 3 of Fontagent Pro for a long time and found it beat the pants off of every competitor out there. Recently I upgraded to version 4 and found it buggy to the point where I was drawing comparisons to Suitcase X1. It would randomly auto-activate fonts that had nothing at all to do with what I was working on, slow my system to a crawl in Illustrator, occasionally tell me that a font I had been working with had suddenly gone corrupt (that is, until I restarted the computer, at which point everything was suddenly hunky-dory again) and generally eat up hours of my time as I watched spinning beach balls every time I worked with certain font families that I *knew* were good. I sent a report to Insider Software but have heard nothing back, so I've gone back to version 3.32, the last good, stable version. I'll still recommend this software, just not this version.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Amazing Control and Ease Of Use"

    August 13, 2008  |   By DesignsByDegree

    Version: FontAgent Pro 4.0.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I have been in the pre-press and design since 1991. My company has to manage over 6,000
    font families which equates to to almost 20,000 individual typefaces. We handle ad inserts
    and national coupon campaigns for over 200 national retailers and restaurants.
    We have tried Suitcase then Suitcase Fusion and Font Reserve. None of them ever did what we
    needed. They were slow and had bugs. (One tip, to keep the font caches clean I feel that getting
    the Font Agent Pro with Font Smasher bundle is the ideal solution and a great value.)

    Font Agent Pro has been a real boost for font management in the world of OS X. It is accurate,
    fast and maintains fonts at a level that is unprecedented at this point. The way it even has an
    easy setup feature to install the font auto activation plug-ins and Xtensions is just one indicator
    as to how user friendly Font Agent Pro is.

    I wish all software worked this well.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "FontAgent Pro Best font manager ever!!!"

    August 7, 2008  |   By Buko

    Version: FontAgent Pro 4.0.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I've been using FontAgent Pro since it was released way back. (version 1) I've also used all the other font managers. As a designer I need something robust that can handle 5000+ fonts and work effortlessly in the background without causing me problems.

    FontAgent Pro is the only font manager that fits into this category.

    You use free font managers or you can waste your money on Suitcase or any of the other but at some point you will end up getting FAP and wonder why you didn't change sooner.


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  • 5.0 stars

    "The BEST one out there"

    July 16, 2008  |   By pkiula

    Version: FontAgent Pro 4.0.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I tried Suitcase Fusion. It didn't even have a mechanism of simply showing the fonts in WYSIWYG way! And dragging fonts to "sets" was a pain.

    FontXPlorer from Linotype is nice, but it leaves a lot to be desired, for instance when I activate a font, I want it enabled FOREVER, not only for my current session until reboot, thankyou. Scoured the preferences but some basic features are missing.

    OSX's default "FontBook" is nice enough for simple people but not for typophiles.

    Enter FontAgent Pro. Everything you want. Excellent interface, shows fonts easily, groupings/sets work like a charm, and the preferences are clearly laid out so you KNOW what's up.

    Highly highly recommended.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Font Manager"

    June 6, 2008  |   By brettmb1

    Version: FontAgent Pro 4.0.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I started with MasterJuggler in Classic (wasn't classic back then) and moved on to Linotype FontExplorer for OS X after deciding that I couldn't stand Suitcase - I used it for the longest time, but it was so inconvenient. I was relieved when I discovered FontAgent Pro. It acts like MasterJuggler -- invisible until you need to change a setting or add fonts to the library. It is also very stable and better at auto-activation than the other applications. I couldn't work without this program - there's no way I could go back to FontExplorer.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works for me"

    May 12, 2008  |   By jbohn

    Version: FontAgent Pro 4.0.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Installed with no problems. The help systems states these as the changes for 4.0.2 - 1. Added keyboard commands for Actvate, Deactivate, Import, Export, Show in Finder and New Smart Set.
    2. Improved import and verification engine.

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