Typeface App Font Management

If you just use your Mac for basic stuff, then you probably do not ever get into Font Management. If you did wish to do some Font Management, you could use the macOS builtin Font Book App. It is pretty basic, but adequate for a few things. However, if you need to do some Font Management at a little higher level, then I think you should consider Typeface by Floor Stegg. Here is how it works.

Typeface Features

Professional print and web designers have used Font Management programs for years. Many of them are very expensive, but if you have tons of fonts, you need a Font Management application. I do some web design so I do need to manage fonts at times. Enter a really neat App called Typeface. Typeface costs $19.99 from their website or the App Store. If you need to manage fonts even a moderate amount, this might be the App for you.

Typeface has many nice features, but not too many features. It is kind of the middle class Font Management App. Here is the main window:

You can scroll through all your fonts or use the Search box in the upper right corner of the window. Clicking on a font name displays all of the fonts characters:

That display includes all of the Special Characters of the font as well:

Typeface allows you to manage your fonts in several different ways. I have a certain amount of fonts on my Mac that I will never use. They were installed by software Apps or parts of other packages. Typeface lets you Deactivate fonts:

Just right-click on the font and select “Deactivate” from the drop down menu. The font is no longer displayed in the Typeface window and it is no longer available to your Apps. If you have a lot of fonts and you know you will never use some of them, the Deactivate feature is really handy.

Once you have Deactivated some fonts the next step is to click on “Activated” in the sidebar:

This displays just the fonts that are still Active, the Deactivated ones are not displayed. If you wish to see all the fonts again, then click on All at the top fo the sidebar menu.

Another very helpful feature in Typeface is the “Style” menu. If you are looking for a Sans style font just click on Sans in the Style menu:

All of your Sans fonts will be displayed. If you are looking for an Ornamental type font, click on Ornamental in the Style menu:

If you are looking for a Script type font, click on Script in the Style menu:

There are other choices in the Style menu, but you get the idea. As far as I am concerned this is an excellent feature. When I am looking for a font, I usually look for it based on a certain font style.

Typeface has even more granularity. The App has a Tagging system to create and manage fonts at a more detailed level. Here is what the Typeface website says about Tags:

Typeface offers a very flexible and easy to use tagging system that lets you keep even the largest font libraries under control. Nest tags, combine tags, invert tags or filter tags; spend less time searching, more designing.

You could use this in many ways. One way might be if you had a project and wanted to have all the fonts for the project in one place. I am sure there are many other ways to use the Tags feature.

As you can see from the images, Typeface has Night Mode which I really like. There are several other settings including Font Smoothing and Show Metrics if you are really into font tweaking:

TypeFace Preferences

Typeface has a few Preferences that might interest you. The General Tab looks like this:

I think these settings are self-explanatory with the exception of Quick Collection. You can make a Quick Collection of certain fonts inside the App the then assign a Tag to it.

The Library Tab is more interesting to me:

You can import Adobe and Google Fonts. Adobe fonts are purchased, downloaded and then imported into the program. Google fonts are downloaded from the Internet. I use Google fonts in my web pages so it is tempting to download them, but I have decided to use them on a case by case basis instead. This will save some space on my Mac.

One really cool thing about Typeface is you can store your fonts wherever you wish and Typeface and interact with them. You can even store them on Dropbox and they will work with Typeface. There are other features such as Custom Tracking, Font Compare, Ligatures and Metrics and others. This really is a full-featured App.

Conclusion

Typeface is a really good App. I purchased it and have been using it for a while. It works really well in macOS Catalina. If you do even a moderate amount of Font Management, I think it is worth the $19.99 price tag. Many people that need to manage fonts may not need to buy the really expensive Font Management Apps.