Downloading and managing Mac fonts

humanoid fontIf you work in design, illustration or publishing you tend to need new fonts frequently, even if you have a few favorites. It’s always nice to discover new fonts as you might find a design that you particularly like and that you can use for a specific project. In my opinion, the best fonts are the ones created by independent designers, who take time to really craft something that stands out from the rest. But it’s not always easy to find them. Let’s face it, most font packs also have to be bought, because you know somebody has spent some time and effort creating them. That’s why it’s always great to find lists of free fonts to download.

I found one today, on Free Mac Fonts, which is organized alphabetically and easily has hundreds of fonts to download. All are saved as .sit files, which can only be opened up on Mac. Instead of downloading like crazy until you don’t know which one is which and where to save them all, I suggest you download a font manager to handle them. Luckily there are a lot to choose from.

Typeset is great to preview and print out lists of fonts, FontAgent Pro has Photoshop CS3 and handles large sets of fonts while Suitcase offers its own Font Doctor repair tool and auto-activation with FontSense. Try them out and see which one you feel more comfortable working with. Once you’ve made up your mind, you can start grabbing those fonts online.

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