The app has just got the most requested feature in its new version 1.5: auto-activation of fonts. Simply put, auto-activation allows you to install a small number of fonts on your system, the ones that you use the most; whenever a program needs a different font, the font manager automatically installs the font of the fly, and removes it when it is no longer needed.
The new version, a free upgrade for existing customers, was released on March 12. As for all major competitors, which have had this feature for a while, the auto activation works in all applications, including Adobe CS3 and CS4 suites.
The new version of the program adds other interesting features:
- Detection of duplicates: Fontcase detects if a font is installed in multiple places on a machine, and allows the user to fix the problem;
- Automatic import: fonts installed in the system are now automatically imported in the program;
- Easy vault relocation: Fontcase stores all fonts in a specific place, called Font Vault; this version allows the users to relocate the vault wherever they want;
- Easy backup: the Font Vault can be easily exported and backed up incrementally;
- General optimizations: cache compression and other improvements allow the application to run faster while using less resources.
I have played around with the new version and it is much snappier and faster than the previous one. I could not manage a crash yet.
I am not a design professional, and this is what I look for in a font manager:
- The ability to quickly compare several fonts to select the best one for a project;
- Ease of use;
- A good integration with the system;
- Safe storage and backup of my fonts.
What I want in an app is for it to be sufficiently beautiful and elegant for me to actually want go back to it. Fontcase is all of this.