Font library It is a beautiful font manager for designers, available on Windows, macOS and Linux. The application has built-in Google fonts, and is able to preview and easily use them in desktop applications such as GIMP, Photoshop, Sketch, etc.
The tool is called “a new generation font manager created by designers for designers”, it uses Electron, and can be used for free, but can not use free open source software. One subscription Available ($ 3 per month, $ 29 per year or $ 180 per year), this adds some additional features such as full glyph preview (and copying), multiple views, and Creative Cloud font automatic activation. Other functions can be used free of charge, without subscription.
The idea behind FontBase is to let you quickly activate and deactivate fonts. By disabling fonts after using them, graphics applications should load faster.
|Activate fonts in FontBase|
The application does not “install” fonts. Instead, it will “activate” them-you can activate the font by clicking the box / circle to the left of the font name. When you close the application, all fonts will be disabled until you start FontBase next time.
If you want to prepare the font immediately after loading the desktop, you can choose to automatically start the application when you log in.
The built-in search function allows you to quickly find your favorite fonts. For quick access, you can pin or add fonts to favorites. You can also create font collections, which you can add to by drag and drop.
You also need to preview the font, otherwise it will be useless, right? FontBase allows users to preview fonts and also customize them. You can change the font preview size directly from the application toolbar, and the preview text can be customized through its settings.
If the font has multiple styles, you can preview all styles by clicking View Details. Here, you will also find a list of glyphs:
In addition, the application also has a preview tab, which allows users to try multiple fonts in a single location, apply different font sizes and line heights, fills, H1, H2 and other styles, and more:
This is a nice feature, not only to try fonts, but also to test which fonts are grouped together.
Google is currently the only online provider supported by FontBase, but you can also add local fonts. Drag and drop font folders, the application will automatically add all fonts, allowing you to preview and search local font collections using nested folders.
|Local fonts in FontBase|
Likewise, it seems that FontBase will get a feature that allows new fonts to be notified when they are available online, but is not yet ready. Currently, there is a placeholder tab that mentions this feature, and it is coming soon, without more detailed information.
When trying to download FontBase on a Linux desktop, the download defaults to Mac DMG binaries. Click the Linux link below the download button to download the Linux FontBase AppImage.