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FontExplorer X Pro 5

July 07, 2015 by
Yves Peters
Yves Peters

A week ago FontExplorer® X Pro 5 – the latest version of Monotype’s state-of-the art font management solution – was released. Well-known for its intuitive, contemporary user interface, the app’s thorough feature set includes numerous tools for font discovery and organization as well as activation controls that ensure fonts are active only when needed. This speeds the creative workflow by minimizing the list of options in font menus to just the essentials, while also helping the user’s machine to run efficiently.

When Adobe expanded its font-smoothing software Adobe Type Manager into ATM Deluxe in the mid-nineties, it introduced the concept of font management to the world of computers. This radically changed how users interact with their digital typefaces. Previously all fonts had to be installed into the system and were always active, available in any app. Font managers make it possible to activate fonts when needed, either separately or in handy sets, and deactivate them after you’re done. This speeds up your operating system and reduces the length of font menus, as only the ones you need are present. Font managers also allows previewing fonts, printing samples, scanning for duplicate fonts, resolving conflicts, and detecting missing screen or printer files for PostScript fonts.

Exactly one decade ago Linotype released the first version of FontExplorer. It was showered with praise, receiving unanimously glowing reviews. Since then the font manager has kept evolving and improving, and last week the latest version FontExplorer X Pro 5 was presented to the world. It introduces new features aimed at improving usability, compatibility and connectivity – each of which remove distractions from the creative workflow and keep designers doing what they do best: designing.

You can find the frequently-requested Font Tile view in the upper right corner of the app window.
You can find the frequently-requested Font Tile view in the upper right corner of the app window.

The Font Tile view helps users evaluate fonts based on the character(s) input in the Custom Text field.
The Font Tile view helps users evaluate fonts based on the character(s) input in the Custom Text field.

Usability

FontExplorer X Pro has always had an extensive feature set. The app has thrived by ensuring the most commonly used features are the most accessible. Version 5 helps customers go deeper within FontExplorer X Pro and get more from the app through a feature tour and stronger help resources. The tile view provides a new way to preview type that is a fun and practical alternative to the traditional line view type display. Visual enhancements in this latest release keep the app in concert with Mac OS X, providing users with an experience that is fresh, yet also familiar.

New usability features include:

Support for the Unicode 7 Standard provides access to additional emoji characters as well as additional glyphs for written languages.
Support for the Unicode 7 Standard provides access to additional emoji characters as well as additional glyphs for written languages.

Compatibility

FontExplorer X Pro 5 supports the latest font standards and design applications to ensure coverage for the tools and resources designers use most.

New compatibility features include:

FontShop.com in the Stores View. Purchased fonts are automatically installed for the user.
FontShop.com in the Stores View. Purchased fonts are automatically installed for the user.

Connectivity

New connectivity allows users to go more places directly within FontExplorer X Pro. New font store integrations provide numerous font shopping options for customers that want to purchase and install type in FontExplorer X, thus preserving their creative workflow. Connection to the new FontExplorer X Server 2 product allows users to bring in the latest in font management functionality for design groups including features that enable collaboration and access control.

New connectivity features include:

FontExplorer X Pro 5 is available for the Mac® OS X platform from www.fontexplorer.com.