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Become a typeface pro with Fontmatrix

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Casual computer users often give little thought to fonts, but once you starting working on design — from your web site to your stationary needs, you soon begin to appreciate the positive effects a good typeface can have on branding and marketing. The trouble comes when you start to collect more fonts on your system than you can keep track of in your head. Worse yet, most operating systems attempt to manage fonts for you in an all-or-nothing fashion, through which large collections can slow down application speed, in addition to being tiresome to scroll through. The solution is a good font manager, like the open source Fontmatrix.

On the whole, it is a good thing that the OS keeps track of fonts for the user — you generally want the same fonts to be available to every application on the system without having to worry about them individually, and you need to rely on them being loaded before you need them. Fontmatrix retains these nice properties; you can keep a useful set of fonts loaded all the time. What it adds is the ability to switch additional fonts on and off on-demand. Instead of a simple checklist, though, it lets you preview, tag and compare fonts side-by-side, see which languages and weights they cover, inspect individual glyphs, and even search for fonts based on supported properties.

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