The new Font Tile View provides font previews composed of selected character sets. These previews are particularly helpful for customers evaluating type based on one or two select characters (e.g. a designer looking for typefaces containing a capital A without a crossbar for a logo that needs a futuristic feel.) The larger, artistic showings also provide a fun, alternative way to browse type.
Previewing type is an essential capability for anyone working with Fonts frequently. FontExplorer X Pro has always offered several options for configuring previews based on our users' needs. With FontExplorer X Pro 5, preview configuration options have been consolidated and are now conveniently located at the side of the preview.
Font size, style linking, grouping of font families or any other type of font information - FontExplorer X Pro lets you decide what you want to see and what you don't. With FontExplorer X Pro 5 we have placed all the available options in the list view - right where you need it.
Unicode 7.0 adds a total of 2,834 characters, encompassing 23 new scripts and many new symbols, as well as character additions to many existing scripts. Symbols say more than words. If you've ever wanted to see all the characters of a font containing the complete Unicode 7.0 character range, FontExplorer X Pro 5 can help you do just that. Now FontExplorer X Pro will display the new and updated character sets of this new standard, which now includes 250 new emoji symbols. Check out the new fancy emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font to fully appreciate this feature.
FontExplorer X Pro not only supports all commonly used desktop font formats, it can also help you organize your Web fonts. FontExplorer X Pro 5 offers support for WOFF 2, the latest Web font format.
While this may be a fundamental feature of any font management application, FontExplorer X Pro tackles this task with uncommon ease. Whether you select a single font, a group of Fonts, a Set or a Smart Set, activation or deactivation is only a checkbox away. And yes, you can also use a key combination. Select "Activate" from the menu or right-click to start the task.
Sets are font groups that allow you to organize your Fonts without moving the font files. You can add Fonts by dragging them to one or more Sets – one font can exist in multiple Sets at the same time.
Smart Sets are the convenient way to group Fonts according to numerous attributes, regardless of where they are actually located. You can sort Fonts by certain filter criteria (e.g. font vendor, style, customer and even language support) to arrange them into one Smart Set and also combine several Smart Sets into one. As soon as a new font is detected that fullfills the criteria of the Smart Set, it will automatically be added.
Folders are used to sort Sets and Smart Sets. This is a convenient way to store all the Sets and Smart Sets that you created for a certain project ort customer in one place.
Now that you've created your Sets, Smart Sets and Folders, you will certainly want to activate or deactivate the Fonts within them. Easily do this by clicking the Checkmark for the whole Set, Smart Set or Folder. Activating all the Sets for a project is now just a click away.
Use a simple shortcut (Cmd - +) to create a Set from any group of Fonts you currently select. The resulting "Ad hoc Set" is filled with every font that you use the shortcut on. As soon as you rename the "Ad hoc Set" it becomes a standard Set. Using the shortcut again will create a new "Ad hoc Set”
Wouldn’t it be great if Fonts were only activated for the applications you want to use them for? Create an "Application Set" and add the Fonts that should be active when your favorite application starts up. And when you quit the application, FontExplorer X Pro can deactivate them for you as well.
Families can be large and sometimes it is nice to see all of the family members together. This is also true for font families. With FontExplorer X Pro’s optional font family view, all members of a font family are displayed in one group.
Shows the four standard styles of a font (Regular, Italic, Bold and Bold Italic) linked together when available.
The detailed preview is part of FontExplorer X Pro's information window and it gives you a comprehensive and configurable preview of the selected font. Try a font with different OpenType features, Colors, Letterspacing and custom text to find out what the font has to offer.
How do you access a certain character via the keyboard? What characters or Unicode options are included? What languages are supported? What is the HTML character code? The Character View, part of FontExplorer X Pro's information window, has answers to all these questions.
Finding the right font is often challenging, but can be even more difficult when the requirements are technical in nature, such as: ”I need a font that has support for a certain language and doesn’t consume too much ink or paper when printed“. This is where the Character Toolbox helps out. Use one of the sample texts or your own custom copy to check for character coverage, ink usage or paper usage information.
Regular activation and deactivation and handling of large font libraries can cause corrupted font cache files of the System. If you encounter System wide font display problems it is a good idea to clean the system font caches. FontExplorer X Pro handles this task for you.
To ensure best performance and stability of the QuarkXPress®, Adobe® Creative Cloud® and Microsoft® Office applications, the font cache files of these applications should be cleaned regularly if you activate/deactivate Fonts often. FontExplorer X Pro handles this task for you.
Now you can access the Fonts.com, Linotype.com, MyFonts.com, FontShop.com and Monotype Membership font stores directly within FontExplorer X Pro. Fonts can now be purchased from these stores, downloaded, installed and activated all without leaving FontExplorer X Pro, eliminating the break in workflow that occurs when you need to exit the creative process to acquire type. Convenient controls allow font purchases to be automatically organized into sets or automatically activated if desired. Users of the previously integrated FontExplorer X Store can still access their downloads: Please visit the Linotype.com store and log in with the credentials of the previously integrated FontExplorer X Store.
Adding to its previous ability to activate and deactivate fonts from Monotype’s SkyFonts™ solution, FontExplorer X Pro 5 can now do the same for fonts activated through the Adobe Typekit® desktop sync feature. This allows these “cloud fonts” to be previewed and organized. Additionally, users can deactivate these fonts (without uninstalling them) and easily reactivate them.
If you are new to FontExplorer X Pro the “Welcome Tour” is a good place to start with an overview of the product, product family and key features. If you’ve just updated from a previous version the “What’s New” section is the place to start for a quick summary of the new features.