MainType is the font manager for graphic artists, typographers, and other power users who demand easy access to their font collection. MainType has a free edition which allows you to use the software for non-commercial use with up to 2,500 fonts in the library. There are paid versions in case you want more features for unlimited fonts.
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Pro Can handle thousands of fonts
The (paid) Professional version lets you create a library of as many fonts as you want. Free version is limited to 2500 fonts, which is still a good amount.
Pro Group fonts for organizing
Beside grouping by storage folder, you can create your own groups of fonts. For example for clients or projects.
Pro Add tags to fonts for easy organizing
Create tags to identify and organize your fonts.
Pro Instant view of all font information
You can customize your view so that you can arrange the "Information" panel with all the technical details of the font, e.g. no. of glyphs/characters (often different!), all OpenType features in the selected font, exact location of the font file, etc.
Pro No subscription but permanent license
No subscription software that you don't own. How many utilities, plug-ins, suites, and so on do you have to subscribe to?
Pro Temporary font installation
Fonts don't have to be installed for use, you can also load them. This way they're available for use in all programs, but won't stay 'installed' after a reboot.
Pro Sample window with OpenType features preview
Click the X_2 button and enable/disable OpenType features of the selected font in the sample window with a customizable text preview.
Pro Free version isn't extremely limited
Most features of the paid Standard and Professional versions are available in the Free version. The main difference is the number of fonts allowed in the library (2500 vs. 10,000 in Standard and unlimited in Professional).
Pro Access fonts from network locations
Any folder, including mapped network folders, can be checked for fonts that are added to the font library.
Pro Easily access glyphs and special characters
MainType easily allows you to view all the special characters and glyphs available in a font and copy and paste them into other programs. Definitely the easiest font manager to do this!
Pro Very good support
Very good support, which usually reacts extremely quickly when something goes wrong. So far there has been nothing unresolved.
Pro Multi-monitor capable
You know that there's always too little space. You can customize your "view" so that on the second monitor you can see a big window only with the glyphs of the selected font in the main window.
Pro It does not drag down system resources
Pro Easy way to test different fonts for headlines
As some type faces only have caps, you can test my phrases by writing one in all caps and one in upper/lower on the same screen so you can see the contrast, if any. For visual purposes, you can capture a test along with font name using a screen capture program, then compare them all before committing on the one/s that fit the best in the design.
In terms of font management, this beats what Adobe has to offer.
Pro It's a fast, easy to use font manager and does everything you need. I can't evaluate su[port bc I never needed to use it.
Pro Create font books with samples
It's easy to create a number of different font sample sheets to include in style guides or create your own font book.
Pro Clear and Powerful interface, all data are exposed clearly, easy to find and use
All the organization of the panels is simple, clear, easy to change and adapt to everyone needs. Simply a great interface with everything is easy to find, organize and use. All the panels are re-sizeable! And the dark skin is beautiful and very relaxing interface for long work sessions!
Pro 25:9 ratio screens are supported magnificently
MAinType adapts splendidly to 25:9 screen ratio and the work is even more easy, because the columns of the font list not only can be moved, but resized to show larger, and better, and all the panels are beautifully resized. Fantastic.
Pro It is a true pro-tool, you must understand some background to use it right
Other tools or companies often try to make it look like dealing with fonts is trivial, while it isn't.
Con No previews for svg fonts (yet?)
MainType currently doesn't show previews of svg fonts.
Con There are no cons.
Con Identifies, but does not repair, fonts with integrity issues
Had to buy HighLogic's FontCreator to fix some problem fonts.
Con Slightly dated interface
Though speedy and customizable, the interface looks a bit outdated.
Con NOT a true free font manager
Yes and no to this. For the average non-pro user, it is free - but admittedly those seldom need a true font manager. Also, the company is very clear and open about the limitations of the free version (When compared to others.). That software distribution platforms often gain from promotion trial and restricted software as free isn't Hi Logics fault.