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Topic: Working with Font Explorer (Read 36775 times) previous topic - next topic

Re: Working with Font Explorer

Reply #1
quote: "I am not saying that FEX is better than Suitcase Fusion or Font Agent but I have used it with 20 other designers for many months and it is save to say that FEX is a very good tool."

Are y'all using this? We're still using Suitcase Fusion and it's "ok"...

Re: Working with Font Explorer

Reply #2
I'm no font expert, [believe me], just an enthusiastic newbie. Mainly because I "struggled" on my Mac in the early days, with fonts. I "sleep around", when it comes to font managers. Had a quirky font in a Quark job about 6 months ago. Was using Fusion because it's s'posed to be kinder with Fusion than FEX. However, Fusion would NOT Import/Add Temporarily this font. tried FEX...sweet as!
My point is, have FEX there and on hand, or use it as your main manager. Doesn't matter. Just don't have 'em both open at once. Ignore them pointing the finger at each other when you fire up Quack or Indy. Just say "No, I don't want to flick the other one".
FEX has a toolbox full of font maintenance utilities. They have pretty good tech support. Also a users' forum. I'll post the link here if you want.
...Oh, and it's free... :D
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Re: Working with Font Explorer

Reply #3
Damn, forgot to add. Saw a post elsewhere where a guy was claiming that Adobe engineers have recently named FEX as preferred font manager. May only be forum scuttlebutt, but could be verified, I guess. This guy is pretty cluey, as beer will testify... ;D
Fujifilm XMF/AdobeCC/PitStop Pro/Black Magic/ScreenPlateRite_Fujifilm ZP processless. 28" Komoris  |  Forgotten good guys: Dennis Ritchie, Burrell Smith, Bill Atkinson, Richard Stallman
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Too old for this.. but.. there's that question of income. And lack of it if I stop.
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Re: Working with Font Explorer

Reply #4
man, I tell you,

I've been a loyal Suitcase user for years now, but, just recently, say like in the last month, I've been having soooo much trouble with Suitcase that I'm actually looking for alternative now.


Sometimes fonts will load on one Mac but not another, sometimes they're corrupted, sometimes not.
Doesn't matter what version of Suitcase, or what Mac. I've un-installed and re-installed, updated and un-updated, don't matter.

pisses me off.



I guess it keeps me busy, like I need more to do...


:(
Prepress guy - doin' jobs one at a time

Re: Working with Font Explorer

Reply #5


yeah i know the fella frailer is on about and that chap is pretty dammmm clued up - am on a ninja mission when i get a chance to transport him over to us here

i've no issues with suitcase really, but quack 7 and fonts is getting cranky
Leave me here in my - stark raving sick sad little world

Re: Working with Font Explorer

Reply #6
I used Suitcase way back when in OS7.6.1. I didn't like the way it worked in OS8.5 so I jumped ship to MasterJuggler and use that even today for Classic. Before Font Explorer I managed fonts manually using my user font folder and that worked without any issues. When FE first came out in beta I downloaded and installed it and to my amazement it was just what I'd been looking for. For a free application IMO you can't beat it. It's like iTunes for fonts.
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Re: Working with Font Explorer

Reply #7

I've been a loyal Suitcase user for years now, but, just recently, say like in the last month, I've been having soooo much trouble with Suitcase that I'm actually looking for alternative now.

Yeh, ditto here David, really good stuff frailer, thanks..

ps: Almaink, Master juggler sounds better than when we tried (and hated) FontJuggler years ago, may give it a look as well.

Re: Working with Font Explorer

Reply #8
I'll tell you what. FONTS SUCK PERIOD!!!

I've got FAP and FEX and sometimes still have to resort to the Users:Library:Fonts folder and I've still got fonts that don't work in any of the three. I love my PDF's! :-*
Mac OS 10.12 Sierra | Prinergy 7.5 | Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 | Two Luscher XPose 160 CTP units

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Re: Working with Font Explorer

Reply #9
I've been using Font Explorer for well over a year and love it. It just works for me,
and it has a bunch of features that can come in pretty handy. I've never tried the
PC version.

Re: Working with Font Explorer

Reply #10
I'm not always hands on on the Mac here, but had to be this week. Garbage/late job, printing on the W/end...have been used to using Temp Activ'n in Fusion with Quack jobs from HOffice. Today, again Fusion wouldnt load a font. Closed and fired up FEX...no worries. haven't used 1.2.2 much since the update, but it's lost a lot of the earlier fussiness. happy to do partial activations when only those parts of a font supplied. Dunno, just seems to working better than ever. Anyone else noticing this?
Fujifilm XMF/AdobeCC/PitStop Pro/Black Magic/ScreenPlateRite_Fujifilm ZP processless. 28" Komoris  |  Forgotten good guys: Dennis Ritchie, Burrell Smith, Bill Atkinson, Richard Stallman
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Too old for this.. but.. there's that question of income. And lack of it if I stop.
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Re: Working with Font Explorer

Reply #11
Font Explorer - very good with Indesign not so hot with Quark (bear in mind we use v6.52). Some fonts just will not activate and we resort to using Fontbook!

Plus Quark keeps giving out that spurious corrupt font or damaged font substitution message just as you're ready to PDF.

I do have to say that, for us QXP is a dead fish.
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Re: Working with Font Explorer

Reply #12
that font warning os probably spurious as you mention. You should be able to download 'Font Alert Silencer XT' from Quark, but I thought it came with 6.5.2
one sick prepress mofo

Re: Working with Font Explorer

Reply #13

Font Explorer - very good with Indesign not so hot with Quark (bear in mind we use v6.52). Some fonts just will not activate and we resort to using Fontbook!

Plus Quark keeps giving out that spurious corrupt font or damaged font substitution message just as you're ready to PDF.

I do have to say that, for us QXP is a dead fish.


You need the Quack6 font reset applescript. Disregard that warning 99% of the time it's false.
But your right Quack is a dead fish IMO too.
http://scriptbuilders.net/files/quark6fontreset2.0.html
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Windows 10
Cannon C6000
Oce TDS 860
Kodak Digimaster 9110
Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers

Re: Working with Font Explorer

Reply #14
Everybody got their 1.2.3 update? Come on, 1,2,3..hop to it!

:woohoo:
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Too old for this.. but.. there's that question of income. And lack of it if I stop.
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