FontCard for Mac

FontCard for Mac

Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 32 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.3.1
  • Total Downloads:
    2,667
  • Date Added:
    May 25, 2005
  • Price:
    Free to try; $17.00 to buy
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    12
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:
    #11 in Font Tools

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1 stars

"Abandonware: Unsanity Sucks! Zero Support!"

February 14, 2009  |  By MAC_1984

 |  Version: Not Found

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Unsanity has chosen to jump ship, and leave their loyal customer base screwed. DO NOT waste your money donating or buying a license as all you will be doing is throwing your money away. I deleted all my Unsanity haxies. Never again with Unsanity.

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5 stars

"If you are a visual artist or designer, you want..."

June 07, 2007  |  By bosskev

 |  Version: FontCard 1.5

Summary

...FontCard.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I've been a fan and user of FontCard for over two years and I absolutely love it! I am a former graphic designer (20 years) and now filmmaker/editor (7 years) and I honestly can't imagine trying to do my creative design/text/titling work without the assistance of FontCard.

Without FontCard, fonts are a horrible, non-WYSIWYG, non-visually ordered mess, completely unintuitive for graphic artists. With FontCard, fonts can be grouped by families with popout lists showing the individual fonts. This makes long fonts lists compact and logical. More importantly, (most of) the individual members of each font family can then be sorted by visual weight/style (the way a designer thinks), not just alphabetic order (the way a programmer thinks). This is WYSIWYG sorting the way it should be.

I am excited about this new release (1.5) since it (finally) has fixed the partially odd behavior in QuarkXPress 7.2; QXP and FontCard now work correctly together. I am even more excited by the fact that I can FINALLY let FontCard handle my fonts in Final Cut Pro 6 when doing titles with Boris Calligraphy! Previously I had to exclude FCP6 from being managed by FontCard; the Final Cut/Boris Calligraphy combination just did not work right--now it does. Yay! And, since I use Linotype's FontExplorer X to do the major management of my huge (approaching 10,000) font library, the new support for FEX's sets is pure icing on the cake. Thank you, Unsanity, for continuing to develop FontCard so intelligently!

One other note, the developer has been quite responsive to my occasional feedback over the years, implementing (perhaps coincidentally, but my ego likes to think otherwise) important features I've suggested. That is great support.

Long live FontCard! ;^) (And, just for the record, I am not in any way affiliated with Unsanity, I'm just a very satisfied user.)

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5 stars

"Great haxie"

July 03, 2005  |  By sawyer1

 |  Version: FontCard 1.3.1

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Problems in CS apps, but indispensable for Freehand MX, very good with Word, Eudora and many others apps.
Thank you Unsanity!

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5 stars

"Fonts Accessible in Cocoa"

May 26, 2005  |  By rwebber6828

 |  Version: FontCard 1.3.1

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I like this haxie. Now I can quickly get to my fonts in Cocoa apps. This along with the display of defined groupings in their own typeface is well worth the small fee. Works great on my G3 Powerbook running Panther 10.3.9. Would like to see access to the font size as well.

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5 stars

"This is just what I have been looking for!"

January 18, 2005

 |  Version: FontCard 1.2.3

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5 stars

"Plays nice with FontAgent Pro now"

December 28, 2004  |  By eduweb

 |  Version: FontCard 1.2.4

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
The "uses 100% CPU" problem was a serious problem if you wanted to use auto-activation with a font manager like FontAgent Pro. I've been using this new version all day with FAP auto-activation turned on, and the CPU hog bug is cured.

I can understand that people with mission critical machines would be nervous about using APE and Unsanity's haxies. FontCard is a challenge because it has to be invoked every time the font menu us drawn.

I have used APE Manager's exclude list to exclude a bunch of apps that don't use fonts at all, or do so minimally, just to try to keep it out of the way.

I do think this is much closer to ready for prime time.

As others have said, it's the only solution to bringing order to endless font menus, and having it hide duplicates is a big help. The Quartz-based WYSIWYG display is much nicer that Word's built-in.

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5 stars

"It Just Keeps Getting Better and Faster"

December 27, 2004  |  By MAC_1984

 |  Version: FontCard 1.2.4

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I've stuck with FontCard and will continue to do so. This version is fast and, so far, works very well with all the applications that I am using. FontCard now looks as if it a part of OS X, rather than an add-on.

I have never had an issue with APE and still do not understand what all the commotion is about regarding APE.

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4 stars

"Much improved"

November 25, 2004  |  By RayCon

 |  Version: FontCard 1.2.3

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
For those who were having trouble with menus that seemed to hang forever, along with crashes after the hangs, this version appears to have resolved these problems. While I like this program immensely (and have paid the shareware fee), I would like to see a feature implemented that a competitor (You Control: Fonts has its plusses and minuses as well) has already addressed. I use Suitcase and, although FontCard works with it (i.e., displays all fonts activated by Suitcase), it would be great if it could actually show the font categories created in Suitcase in the same manner it shows those in OS X's Font Book. Having accomplished this small feat, I'd add the extra star. I would also suggest that a way to instantly add to a Favorites menu (along with the Recents menu) would be fantastic.

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5 stars

"a lifesaver!"

November 23, 2004  |  By pseudonym

 |  Version: FontCard 1.2.3

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I consult for a shop that is moving from OS 9 to OS X. Their page-layout program has been "carbonized" and as such will not, in OS X, display its font menu in WYSIWYG format (Adobe Type Reunion had been used for this functionality in OS 9). As far as I am aware, this haxie is the ONLY utility available that will permit carbon apps to sport functional WYSIWYG font menus, complete with custom sets and groupings by font family. Were it not for FontCard, my client would have had to have spent about $10k on Quark. There is practically no performance penalty (just a moment when the font menu is accessed for the first time within the page-layout app, and I deliberately tested it on an older, slower CPU) and FontCard functions transparently. I highly recommend this product for anyone needing WYSIWYG font menus in a carbon app (I see it works on Cocoa apps as well).

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5 stars

"Fontcard OK: it was ittec that crashed!"

November 19, 2004  |  By fvdg

 |  Version: FontCard 1.2.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Mea culpa, it was NOT Fontcard that crashed cocoa programs but ittec (to be more precise: if AND ittec AND fontcard are installed it is ittec that will crash the program)
Unsanity helped me out great here by the way!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.3.1
  • Now saves Recently Used fonts even if "Show Font Book Collections" is not enabled.
  • Fixed an infinite loop when selecting a font in an Adobe application in Tiger.
  • Added support for Creature House (now Microsoft) Expressions 3.
  • Fixed issues with FontCard and Adobe CS2 applications.
  • Fixed a problem that caused the color profile output options menu to turn into an FC enhanced menu in Acrobat Pro
  • Now always makes own recent fonts menu instead of trying to use the system's. Mac OS X's recent fonts never worked.
  • Now sees FontAgent Pro font sets if they've been made available to all users on the computer.
  • Added German Localization by Martin G. Kaiser.
General
Publisher Unsanity
Publisher web site http://www.unsanity.com/
Release Date May 25, 2005
Date Added May 25, 2005
Version 1.3.1
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory Font Tools
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.3, Mac OS X 10.3.9, Mac OS X 10.4 PPC
Additional Requirements Mac OS X 10.3 or higher
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Total Downloads 2,667
Downloads Last Week 12
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License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $17

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