Current Versions

Here you can download the latest version of FontExplorer X Pro and FontExplorer X Server.

If you do not have a valid license FontExplorer X Pro will run in a demo mode with a few limitations. You have 30 days to test the functionality and can activate the full version by purchasing a license.

Click here to download v4.2.4 or v5.5.2

FontExplorer X Pro 6.x (Mac)
Requires: OS X 10.9 or later

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FontExplorer X Pro 5.5.2 (Mac)
Requires: OS X 10.8 or later

FontExplorer X Pro 4.2.4 (Mac)
Requires: OS X 10.6 or later

FontExplorer X Pro 3.x (Win)
Requires: Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 10

FontExplorer X Pro 4.2.4 (Mac) for v1, v2 or v3 Upgrades Only
Requires: OS X 10.6 or later

The FontExplorer X Server software will not run without a license. If you want to testdrive it, please contact us to receive a demo license.

Download FontExplorer X Server 3 for Mac and Windows including FontExplorer X Pro Clients for Mac and Windows

FontExplorer X Uninstaller 1.0

Whether you wish to remove an older FontExplorer X version, an expired trial version, or portions of an installation for maintenance purposes, the FontExplorer X Uninstaller can help you do this with just a few clicks.

System Requirements

FontExplorer X Uninstaller has been tested on Mac OS® X 10.4.11, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12 and 10.13 and runs on both PowerPC and Intel Macintosh. Supported languages include English, German and French.

Download FontExplorer X Uninstaller for Mac (.dmg, 3.1MB)

PlugIns for FontExplorer X Pro Mac

From time to time the FontExplorer X Pro plug-ins will be updated to provide new features, more stability or support for new Adobe or QuarkXPress applications. Detailed information on the changes can be found in the Plug-In Release Notes.

PlugIns for QuarkXPress 2015 and the Adobe CC 2015 applications InDesign, InCopy, Illustrator and Photoshop are available with Version 5 of FontExplorer X Pro. Read more

 

Online help has been introduced in Version 5 of FontExplorer X Pro for Mac and Version 3 of FontExplorer X Pro for Windows. Help that can be accessed via the help menu. For documentation of new features (What's New) or older documentation please see below.

Download FontExplorer® X Manuals and Documentation

Migrating from Extensis Suitcase Fusion to FontExplorer X Pro (ENG)
(PDF, 1.1 MB)

Kerberos Setup for FontExplorer X Server on Mac and Windows Operating Systems (ENG)
(PDF, 1.5 MB)

What's New in FontExplorer X Pro 5.5 for Mac (ENG)
(PDF, 2.6 MB)

What's New in FontExplorer X Pro 3.5 for Windows (ENG)
(PDF, 2.6 MB)

What's New in FontExplorer X Pro 5.0 (GER)
What's New in FontExplorer X Pro 5.0 (ENG)
(PDF, 3.3 MB)

What's New in FontExplorer X Pro 4.0 (GER)
What's New in FontExplorer X Pro 4.0 (ENG)
(PDF, 1.4 MB)

FontExplorer X Installation Guide for Server and Client
(PDF, 2.1 MB)

FontExplorer X Pro 3 User Guide Macintosh
(PDF, 10.1 MB)

FontExplorer X Pro 2.5 User Guide Macintosh
(English, PDF, 8.5 MB)

FontExplorer X Pro 2 User Guide Windows
(PDF, 2.8 MB)

FontExplorer X Server User Guide Macintosh
(PDF, 573 KB)

FontExplorer X Server User Guide Windows
(PDF, 573 KB)

FontExplorer X Server Administrator Guide
(PDF, 2.6 MB)

Previous Versions

Here you can download previous versions of FontExplorer X Products

FontExplorer X Pro 6.0.4 for Mac OS X
Mac OS X 10.9.5, 10.10, 10.11 & macOS 10.12 and 10.13 (.dmg, 29.5 MB)

FontExplorer X Pro 6.0.3 for Mac OS X
Mac OS X 10.9.5, 10.10, 10.11 & macOS 10.12 and 10.13 (.dmg, 27.1 MB)

FontExplorer X Pro 6.0.2 for Mac OS X
Mac OS X 10.9.5, 10.10, 10.11 & macOS 10.12 (.dmg, 26.9 MB)

FontExplorer X Pro 6.0.1 for Mac OS X
Mac OS X 10.9.5, 10.10, 10.11 & macOS 10.12 (.dmg, 27 MB)

FontExplorer X Pro 6.0 for Mac OS X
Mac OS X 10.9.5, 10.10, 10.11 & macOS 10.12 (.dmg, 27 MB)

FontExplorer X Pro 5.5.2 for Mac OS X
Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9.5, 10.10 & 10.11 (.dmg, 22.6 MB)

FontExplorer X Pro 4.2.4 for Mac OS X
Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9.5 & 10.10 (.dmg, 33.2 MB)

FontExplorer X Pro 3.5.4 for Windows
Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 (.zip, 109.4 MB)

  • Important: If upgrading to FontExplorer X Pro 6 from a previous version you may need to purchase a license upgrade.
  • If working in a FontExplorer X Server environment, this client version requires FontExplorer X Server version 2.5.1 or later. However, we recommend you update your Server to the new version 3 in order to get the most out of all the great new server features. Older FontExplorer X Server versions are not supported.
  • This version of FontExplorer X Pro requires OS X 10.9 or later

Changes in Version 6.0.4

New

  • Integrated Adobe CC 2018 plugins into FontExplorer X Pro application
  • Extended the smart set filters for Classification to allow filtering for Fonts that contain any classification as well as Fonts that do not contain any classification
  • Integrated support for the Monotype MLS application – automatic grouping under “Cloud Fonts > MLS”, source list configuration, Smart Set filters

Resolved

  • FontExplorer X Pro sporadically crashed when a large number of Fonts were moved to the trash
  • On certain web sites, the FontExplorer X Web Preview did not render newly applied Fonts correctly. This occurred when the URL contained Content-Security-Policy: default-src 'self' 'unsafe-inline’ in the http header
  • Occasionally Font names would appear grayed out in the WYSIWYG Font List, this was due to an internal Font Format mismatch with the Apple OS
  • Detect Fonts in Documents did not recognize fonts contained in Sketch documents created with the new Sketch format
  • When viewing multiple Fonts in the Slide Show window, a white image of the First font remained visible
  • The software license file was not recognized by macOS 10.13.4 (beta version) Various minor unrelated bug fixes and user interface improvements
  • Assorted application crashes

FontExplorer X Server Users and Administrators
(Requires FontExplorer X Server version 3.0.4)

New

  • Added “Force Remove Machines” to the context menu when viewing Font Licenses of a Server Set that are grouped by “Fonts”
  • Added the ability to open the “Font Information” dialog from the context menu of a selected Font in License View. Keyboard shortcut cmmd+I also supported
  • The Properties dialog can alternatively be opened as a floating window by pressing the Alt-key when opening the dialog. This enables an admin make and save changes in the server set properties without closing the dialog. Selecting a new server set updates the dialog with its settings
  • Added server administrator settings to optionally hide Cloud Fonts > MLS for users, groups or globally
  • Highlighting of Server Sets/Folders in source list when holding the Alt-key and selecting a Font in the License View
  • Important: If upgrading to FontExplorer X Pro 6 from a previous version you may need to purchase a license upgrade.
  • If working in a FontExplorer X Server environment, this client version requires FontExplorer X Server version 2.5.1 or later. However, we recommend you update your Server to the new version 3 in order to get the most out of all the great new server features. Older FontExplorer X Server versions are not supported.
  • This version of FontExplorer X Pro requires OS X 10.9 or later

Changes in Version 6.0.3

New

  • Supports macOS High Sierra (10.13)
  • Plug-in for QuarkXPress 2017 integrated into FontExplorer X Pro

Resolved

  • In new and existing Smart Sets it was not possible to enter/edit text in the text field of the first filter
  • When exported font information was imported to an Excel file, the font classifications appeared under the column titled "Usages"
  • When viewing the font list in Font Tile view, the list automatically scrolled in steps, continuously to the end
  • The "Print template" menu item was permanently disabled in the "Print" dialog popup under "Page Layout"
  • Some text overlaps occurred in an exported PDF print catalog when the language was set to Japanese
  • Various minor unrelated bug fixes and user interface improvements

FontExplorer X Server Users and Administrators
(Requires FontExplorer X Server version 3.0.3)

New

  • Added selection buttons and search option to the Groups panel of the Server Set/Folder "Properties" dialog
  • Added a hidden preference key to prevent users from activating more than a given number of fonts with one click. In the Terminal application, enter the following command on the client machine, followed by "Enter". Be sure to quit out of the FontExplorer X Pro application before executing
      defaults write com.linotype.FontExplorerX disallowActivatingMoreThanXFontsPerClick 100

    100 can be any number and overrides the setting in the "Monitoring" panel of the FontExplorer X Pro client preferences. The user will receive an error message if they attempt to activate more then the allowed number of fonts
  • Font license view now supports filtering with multiple criteria through use of the new "LIST" command. This is useful for reclaiming fonts from multiple machines all at once or for listing all fonts that contain Bold and/or Italic. LIST works for machines, users, fonts and deleted users, the command must be entered in uppercase (LIST) with parameters separated by the vertical bar |. Here is an example command to call up all fonts assigned to multiple machines: LIST|machineA|machineX|machineY

Resolved

  • A small number of fonts, such as "Corben", caused the FontExplorer X Server to crash when generating previews of non-downloaded server fonts
  • When creating server backups of very large server font libraries, FontExplorer X Pro showed the server in a "disconnected" state
  • When logging into the FontExplorer X Server, users occasionally saw a message informing them that "One or more fonts have been deleted from the server and cannot be downloaded". This could occur when a server font was deleted and then uploaded again
  • When creating server backups of very large server font libraries, FontExplorer X Pro showed the server in a "disconnected" state
  • The message "Please wait, x of xx fonts activated" appeared and remained on the screen when opening a document requiring automatic plugin font activation. This occurred when a user had permission to "Browse all server fonts" but did not have access to all the server fonts required in the document. Now these fonts will be listed as missing, clicking "Done" or "Cancel" will close the missing fonts dialog and proceed with opening the text document
  • Important: If upgrading to FontExplorer X Pro 6.0 from a previous version you may need to purchase a license upgrade.
  • If working in a FontExplorer X Server environment, this client version requires FontExplorer X Server version 2.5.1 or later. However, we recommend you update your Server to the new version 3.0 in order to get the most out of all the great new server features. Older FontExplorer X Server versions are not supported.
  • This version of FontExplorer X Pro requires OS X 10.9 or later

Changes in Version 6.0.2

Resolved

  • The blue background image of the Setup Assistant and Welcome tour window was layered on top of the text and buttons making it impossible to install via the Setup Assistant or view the Welcome Tour (OS-X 10.9 only)
  • It was not possible to set more than one filter for Classifications in the Smart Set dialog
  • Various minor unrelated bug fixes and user interface improvements

FontExplorer X Server Users and Administrators

Resolved

  • The activation checkbox for Server Fonts incorrectly showed that the Fonts were not activated after restarting FontExplorer X Pro. The Fonts were actually activated and available to other applications
  • Important: If upgrading to FontExplorer X Pro 6.0 from a previous version you may need to purchase a license upgrade.
  • If working in a FontExplorer X Server environment, this client version requires FontExplorer X Server version 2.5.1 or later. However, we recommend you update your Server to the new version 3.0 in order to get the most out of all the great new server features. Older FontExplorer X Server versions are not supported.
  • This version of FontExplorer X Pro requires OS X 10.9 or later

Changes in Version 6.0.1
New Features and Changes

  • Integrated FontExplorer X Pro plug-ins for Adobe CC 2017 InDesign, InCopy, Illustrator and Photoshop applications

Resolved

  • Crashes occurred during system font activation under macOS Sierra when multiple applications requested fonts at the same time
  • Sporadically FontExplorer X Pro crashed during Font import
  • Font changes made by other applications, such as SkyFonts or Typekit, were not detected by FontExplorer X Pro (macOS Sierra/10.12 only)
  • User interface issues were encountered in the Font Classification dialog under OS X 10.9
  • Various minor unrelated bug fixes and user interface improvements

FontExplorer X Server Users and Administrators
New Features and Changes (Requires Server version 3.0.1)

Added settings to the Server Set properties dialog which enables users with "Manage Folders, Set and Fonts" permissions to be excluded from force downloading/activating fonts

Resolved

  • A Server permissions error occurred if the Enter key was used in the Preview text field
  • The License view was incorrectly sorted when sorting by download date
  • Important: If upgrading to FontExplorer X Pro 6.0 from a previous version you may need to purchase a license upgrade.
  • If working in a FontExplorer X Server environment, this client version requires FontExplorer X Server version 2.5.1 or later. However, we recommend you update your Server to the new version 3.0 in order to get the most out of all the great new server features. Older FontExplorer X Server versions are not supported.
  • This version of FontExplorer X Pro requires OS X 10.9 or later

Changes in Version 6.0

New Features and Changes

  • FontExplorer X Pro version 6 is ready for macOS 10.12
  • Added Japanese as a user interface language which will automatically be set if your OS language is Japanese. If you would like to work with FontExplorer X Pro in Japanese while your OS is set to another language, please follow these steps:
    1) Quit FontExplorer X Pro if it is running;
    2) Start the Terminal application (/Application/Utilities/Terminal.app);
    3) Enter the following command (without the start and end quote) at the prompt: “defaults write com.linotype.FontExplorerX AppleLanguages "(Japanese)”;” followed by the enter key;
    4) Start FontExplorer X Pro; 5) To reset the language, enter the following command (without the outer quotes) in the Terminal application: “defaults delete com.linotype.FontExplorerX AppleLanguages;”
  • Localised font information (if available in a font) can be shown for the following languages: Arabic, Basque, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish. The setting can be turned on in the “General” panel of the FontExplorer X Pro Preferences and the language shown will be determined by the “Preferred language” setting of your OS
  • “Detect Fonts in Documents” has been enhanced to support an additional 19 document types:
    • docx, dotx, pptx, ppsx, potm (Microsoft Office Open XML)
    • odt, fodt, ott, odp, fodp, otp, odg (Open Document)
    • sxw, stw, sxi, sti, sxd (Open Office 1.0)
    • sketch (Sketch)
    • sla (Scribus)
  • Enhancements to the Web Preview include the ability to edit text of elements and change the user agent to simulate various operating systems and browsers
  • Enhanced Font Tile View lets you set the text to the first two letters of the font name, view detailed font information on mouse over, add rounded corners, foreground and background color and even gradually change the background color between the first and last tile by selecting a “blend to” color
  • In addition to exporting font information from the font list as text, it can now be exported from the local or server font list as a CSV document with options for defining the separator and the text encoding
  • Added support for Unicode 9
  • Added menu item “New Set from Selection” to the context menu in the font list
  • Added a new preference setting to the “Import” panel which permits the user to define whether or not a new set is created when importing fonts into FontExplorer X Pro
  • Added the ability to sort by path name in the Conflicts panel
  • The source list can now be expanded to a greater width to aid in viewing long set and folder names or deeply nested folders and sets
  • When updating your version of FontExplorer X Pro a backup of your font database file (FontExplorer X.fexsdb) will automatically be created. The file is located in the directory /Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Linotype/FontExplorer X/ and is named “FontExplorer X auto backup xx to yy [date/timestamp].fexdb. xx and yy represent the internal database version number. Should it be necessary to restore a backed up database file, simply rename it to “FontExplorer X.fexdb”
  • Growl notification system has been replaced by OS notifications

Resolved

  • When creating long, complex smart set rules, the “OK” and “Cancel” button were sometimes being hidden behind other user interface elements
  • Not all fonts supporting Turkish, Azerbaijani or Greek languages showed up in the “Language Supports…” smart set
  • Various minor unrelated bug fixes and user interface improvements

We are proud to introduce FontExplorer X Pro 5.5.2, the latest version of the all-in-one font management solution

  • Important: If upgrading to FontExplorer X Pro 5 from a previous version you will need to purchase a license upgrade. If you purchased a previous version after April 1, 2015, you may be eligible for a FREE UPGRADE. Purchase Upgrade
  • If working in a FontExplorer X Server environment, this client version requires FontExplorer X Server version 1.9 or later. However, we recommend you update your Server to the new version 2.5.1 in order to get the most out of all the great new server features. Older FontExplorer X Server versions are not supported
  • This version of FontExplorer X Pro requires OS X 10.8 or later

Changes in Version 5.5.2

FontExplorer X Server Users and Administrators

Resolved

  • The client software license file was no longer recognized as being valid if the system date was December 6, 2018 or later. It was not possible to start FontExplorer X Pro client

Important: If upgrading to FontExplorer X Pro 4 you will need to purchase a license upgrade. Purchase Upgrade

  • Install this update of FontExplorer X Pro BEFORE updating to Mac OS X 10.9.5 otherwise you will need to download the FontExplorer X software from our website and update manually.
  • If working in a FontExplorer X Server environment, this client version requires FontExplorer X Server version 1.7.x or later. However, we recommend you update your server to the new version 1.9.x in order to get the most out of all the great new server features. Older FontExplorer X Server versions are not supported.

Version 4.2.4

Resolved

  • The client software license file was no longer recognized as being valid if the system date was December 6, 2018 or later. It was not possible to start FontExplorer X Pro client.

Previous release notes

System Requirements

FontExplorer X Pro Client has been optimized for Microsoft Windows® Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 and requires .Net framework 4.5. It runs on both 32-bit as well as on 64-bit Windows Systems. Supported languages include English, German and French.

If working in a FontExplorer X Server environment, this client version requires FontExplorer X Server version 2.5.1 or later. However, we recommend you update your server to the latest version 3.0.3 in order to get the most out of all the great new server features. Older FontExplorer X Server versions are not supported.

Version 3.5.3

New

  • Integrated FontExplorer X Pro plug-ins for Adobe CC 2018 InDesign, InCopy, Illustrator and Photoshop applications
  • Integrated FontExplorer X Pro plug-ins for QuarkXPress 2017

Resolved

  • FontExplorer X Pro crashed if a system font did not contain a family name
  • The Support button in the Ribbon was not correctly linked
  • The client software license file was no longer valid if the system date was December 6, 2018 or later. It was not possible to start FontExplorer X client
  • Various minor unrelated bug fixes and user interface improvements

Known Issues

  • If a font that is missing in FontExplorer X Pro is re-imported from another path, the font will still be shown as missing (in red) after the application is restarted
  • On a multi-user machine (one machine with separate login accounts) FontExplorer X Pro can only be launched by one user. If another user attempts to launch FontExplorer X Pro a message will be displayed: "FontExplorer X Pro is already running in another user session"
  • Manually activated PostScript fonts do not display in Adobe applications when font activation is temporary. Workaround: select Activate fonts permanently (required when using Adobe applications) in Options/Advanced panel or activate fonts via the plug-in font request dialog
  • The auto-activation setting will not be effective for the QuarkXPress Plug-Ins. When opening a QuarkXPress document, the plug-in dialog will always open. If all the fonts are available in FontExplorer X Pro simply click on Activate All
  • The activation status of a folder is not correctly shown in the source list when all fonts in the contained set are activated. This only occurs when the setting "Show status when activating/deactivating fonts" is disabled
  • When a subscription font does not appear in FontExplorer X Pro for any reason, manual synchronization from the SkyFonts client does not cause the font to appear. Workaround: Restart the SkyFonts client

Plug-Ins

Known Issues

  • Adobe Photoshop 64-bit plug-in no longer supports the "Replace" function in the plug-in request dialog
  • Photoshop CS5–CC 2018: Fonts in layered TIFF files are not activated by the plugin. Activation occurs correctly when converted to a PSD file
  • Missing fonts are not detected in Illustrator PDF files and no font request occurs
  • No font request occurs on EPS documents with non-embedded fonts
  • When using Adobe Creative Suite products to create new documents, Postscript server fonts that are activated on the server are not displayed in the Font drop down menu. Postscript fonts in an existing CS document that are activated on a server, will behave properly; the fonts will appear in the Font drop down menu and can be activated/deactivated appropriately. This issue only applies to PS server fonts, all other font types (TrueType, OpenType) work correctly. Local Postscript fonts will behave properly in Adobe Creative Suite products. Workaround: Update PS server fonts to TrueType or OpenType format

Server Users and Administrators – Requires Server version 3.0.3

Note

  • The “Auto login” option should not be used together with Kerberos authentication when there are multiple user accounts on a workstation that are logging into FontExplorer X Server. With “Auto login” when a different user is attempting to log in, the login credentials for the last logged in user would be sent. This is the expected behavior

Resolved

  • Login to the FontExplorer X Server was extremely slow when the Server had a large number of fonts, even if the user only had access to a small number of fonts
  • Incorrect file size was shown in the Server backup panel, values after the decimal point were truncated
  • Server font force download/force activate did not have an option to cancel once the process was started
  • The font “Import” button was disabled if a Server, Server Library, Server Set or Server Folder was selected
  • Kerberos users were not able to log in with the 3.5.2 client

Known Issues

  • After updating from FontExplorer X Pro version 2.7 to version 3.5.3, the option “Login automatically to the server” needs to be reconfigured if it was previously turned on
  • When generating a License Report the "invalid e-mail address" warning is shown even though the "send notification" option is not selected
  • A generic error message is shown if a disabled LDAP user attempts to log in to the FontExplorer X Server
  • Font Licensing: When a change is made to the available license count on a font it is not reflected by the "Last Modified" date
  • The checkbox status of imported users is occasionally incorrectly set after deleting the group in the FontExplorer X Server Groups panel