When comparing Google Fonts vs Adobe Illustrator CC, the Slant community recommends Google Fonts for most people. In the question“What are the best tools to make simple Social Media graphics?” Google Fonts is ranked 6th while Adobe Illustrator CC is ranked 11th.
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Pro Open source and free
Pro Easy to filter through fonts
Within categories such as serif, sans serif, monospace, etc, you can adjust desired thickness, slant, width and script to filter the collection of fonts. Additionally, you can also set how you wish to order the fonts (by popularity, alphabet, date added, etc).
Pro Live preview
You can live preview fonts in multiple ways - you can view a single word, a sentence or a paragraph with text and font-size of your choice. There's also a poster view that tries putting more fonts on screen at a time by showing only their name without the option of entering your own text, and is the only view option that allows inverting background and text colors.
Pro Sizable collection of fonts
There are more than 600 fonts to choose from.
Pro In-depth font comparison
Once you've added at least two fonts to your collection you can compare them closely by overlapping them in the compare view. Simply click the review tab at the bottom and navigate to compare tab at the top.
Pro Great for web designers
This repository was designed specifically for web designers. As such it shows the impact of the font choice on page load time, allows selecting only the font styles and sets you need to reduce overhead, and gives multiple methods of integrating the fonts into your website.
Pro Integrates with Typecast
With fonts you wish to use selected, go to review tab at the bottom and click 'Try in Typecast' at the top. Typecast has an easy to use WYSIWYG editor that allows quickly prototyping and testing out chosen fonts.
Pro Amazing integration with all other Adobe Software (PS, Ae, Id...)
Pro It's the industry standard
Pro Advanced tools
Pro Has all the vector tools you could dream of
Pro Flexible, non-intrusive interface
Small palette menus and the ability to save multiple menu layouts keep the UI out of the way.
Pro There are many tutorials on the internet
Pro Frequent updates
The CC subscription model means that major releases are no longer necessary, so existing users gain immediate access to new features.
Pro Easy to learn
It's easy to learn how to work with this software.
Con Stale font versions
Con Mainly focused on latin family
Con Subscription model
Illustrator CC requires a $19.99/mo (minimum) subscription to use. Adobe no longer sells previous versions of Illustrator.
Con Heavy use of CPU/RAM
Con Steep learning curve
Con Very slow
Even in very good computers Illustrator is very slow.
Con Install useless and intrusive software
When you install any Adobe product it also installs lots of useless and intrusive software and services.
It adds two services and up to three auto-starting software that runs when you start your operating system and keep running constantly. One is for auto-updating, others for "checking" if you are not a pirate and some others that seems to be just to collect information.
Con You never truly own this software
As soon as you stop paying you to lose access to the software. This should be illegal.
Con Imprecise coordinates
Oftentimes your 140 is 139.9997 and as a vector program it doesn't rely much on precision.
Con No proper selection mode
In a vector-art program, the critical selection mode is the one in which objects must be fully enclosed by the selection marquee to be selected. In the simple example shown here, selecting all the circles should merely require you to draw a selection rectangle around them. But in Illustrator, there's no way to avoid selecting other objects as well, even though they're not totally enclosed by the selection box. Year after year, Adobe fails to fix this bizarre oversight, making Illustrator a tedious pain to use.
Software can be very buggy at times.