Designers acquire zillions of fonts, and the collection can be a nightmare to manage. We’ve tested the top font management tools for the Mac that promise to keep your type in order.

Thanks to OS X 10.3’s Font Book, most Mac users don’t need to buy a font management program. But if you have tons of fonts, share a font library with others, or have lots of fonts flowing through your system (from clients or collaborators, for example) you’ll need more features than Font Book offers. This review looks at some popular third-party font-handling tools.

There are three main font-management tasks: organizing font libraries (which also makes sharing easier), minimizing the number of active fonts in your System folder (shortening font menus and reducing computing overhead), and assuring that your fonts function properly (checking for corruption and duplicates). No one program does it all perfectly.

FontDoctor 7.0
Price: $70 (around £40)
Company: Morrison SoftDesign, www.morrisonsoftdesign.com

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