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I wondered where the glyphs were.  A basic user base would be helpful as
well, or did I completely miss it?


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On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 8:09 PM Karen Ackoff <
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> I’m just beginning to try Fontba.se
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__Fontba.se&d=DwMFaQ&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=AGYZ7-AeerjxzYnIwL-lBLFI3SPYN3BDmku4qGQB4Tg&m=4HdR43-5PtduSJQtAM8VHLFrn-2nGE5ahyX8Uneqqs0&s=aCcgKek4f22seN9zfSk_tDaU8wh8pTnKMloRXME7FKQ&e=> to
> manage my fonts.
>
> Some reviews are misleading and some have silly complaints.
>
> One complaint was that the app only works when it’s open. Well, yeah.
> Extensis Suitcase and FontXplorer work the same way - they are open in the
> background. So in order for it to be seamless, you would enable launch at
> startup in the System Prefs.
>
> Another was a complaint that it is slow. For me, it’s had an immediate
> response, so maybe the user had other issues going on.
>
> And yet another was that the interface is black & white. It is, but that
> isn’t an issue for me.
>
> I had it up and running in seconds.
>
> First, I should clarify that while it is free, it requires a subscription
> to “get more features”. These features are: super search (search based on
> font properties such as x-height, contrast, etc.); auto-activation
> (activates fonts automatically in Photoshop, Illustration, InDesign;
> advanced glyphs (view and copy all of the font glyphs on the specimen page…
> I’m not quite sure what this does); and multiple views (view in a grid).
> Unfortunately, a reminder to subscribe does pop up… but this only happened
> when I launched the program (so far). Subscriptions are $3/month or
> $29/year. Extensis Suitcase is $84/year and FontXplorer is $99. I have not
> yet subscribed… I still have 2 months left on my Suitcase subscription so I
> want to run that out.
>
> If you have fonts in a Word document, Fontba.se
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__Fontba.se&d=DwMFaQ&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=AGYZ7-AeerjxzYnIwL-lBLFI3SPYN3BDmku4qGQB4Tg&m=4HdR43-5PtduSJQtAM8VHLFrn-2nGE5ahyX8Uneqqs0&s=aCcgKek4f22seN9zfSk_tDaU8wh8pTnKMloRXME7FKQ&e=>
> will not activate them automatically (neither with Extensis Suitcase).
> Haven’t tested this yet in Adobe apps. If you activate a font while Word is
> open, you will need to relaunch Word to make the font available. Same for
> Extensis Suitcase.
>
> One thing I did notice is that Fontba.se
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__Fontba.se&d=DwMFaQ&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=AGYZ7-AeerjxzYnIwL-lBLFI3SPYN3BDmku4qGQB4Tg&m=4HdR43-5PtduSJQtAM8VHLFrn-2nGE5ahyX8Uneqqs0&s=aCcgKek4f22seN9zfSk_tDaU8wh8pTnKMloRXME7FKQ&e=> does
> not let you create folders within it. You can add folders from elsewhere on
> your drive. Reviews did say it works best when fonts are on the internal
> hard drive but I haven’t tested this either. Extensis Suitcase does let you
> make named folders… so for example, I make a folder for temp fonts on a
> brochure project. In Fontba.se
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__Fontba.se&d=DwMFaQ&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=AGYZ7-AeerjxzYnIwL-lBLFI3SPYN3BDmku4qGQB4Tg&m=4HdR43-5PtduSJQtAM8VHLFrn-2nGE5ahyX8Uneqqs0&s=aCcgKek4f22seN9zfSk_tDaU8wh8pTnKMloRXME7FKQ&e=>,
> I’d have to make that folder myself on my hard drive and then add it to
> Fontba.se
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__Fontba.se&d=DwMFaQ&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=AGYZ7-AeerjxzYnIwL-lBLFI3SPYN3BDmku4qGQB4Tg&m=4HdR43-5PtduSJQtAM8VHLFrn-2nGE5ahyX8Uneqqs0&s=aCcgKek4f22seN9zfSk_tDaU8wh8pTnKMloRXME7FKQ&e=>.
> For me, although I like the convenience of making folders within the app,
> this is not a dealbreaker.
>
> I also see that Fontba.se
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__Fontba.se&d=DwMFaQ&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=AGYZ7-AeerjxzYnIwL-lBLFI3SPYN3BDmku4qGQB4Tg&m=4HdR43-5PtduSJQtAM8VHLFrn-2nGE5ahyX8Uneqqs0&s=aCcgKek4f22seN9zfSk_tDaU8wh8pTnKMloRXME7FKQ&e=> lets
> you activate or deactivate fonts. Extensis lets you do a temporary
> activation (fonts deactivate when you restart). I like this feature also,
> but again it is not a deal breaker.
>
> So that’s my take so far.
>
> K
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