Fonts are undeniably fun–and abundant. Thousands are free for the downloading, and more are available if you are willing to pay. Windows 7 itself installs more than 200 fonts as the default array of choices. But you will not want to mess with the WindowsFonts folder, since accidentally moving or deleting Windows system fonts can have serious consequences; and storing your fonts in scattered folders can be confusing. If your work requires you to sort and select fonts–whether they are in your WindowsFonts folder, in other hard-drive locations, or on a CD–you need a program like Printer’s Apprentice ($29).
Using Printer’s Apprentice, you can preview individual fonts as a single character, character set, sample text, or keyboard layout. Printer’s Apprentice grants you to preview entire paragraphs of text on multiple lines, and easily switches from blended uppercase and lowercase to uppercase or lowercase only; these features are much easier to use in Printer’s Apprentice than in the relatively complex FontExplorer X Pro.
However, Printer’s Apprentice is not great for managing the size of your font folder. When you select to uninstall a font, the program offers you the options of deleting the file, moving it to a different font folder, or leaving it in the WindowsFonts location. It’s prudent to set up a unique folder and save to it when you use Printer’s Apprentice for this task; otherwise, you will have to remember the name of the font if you ever want to reinstall it: There’s no simple way of finding uninstalled fonts using Printer’s Apprentice. You can uninstall system fonts, too, though this is generally a very bad idea: Printer’s Apprentice will warn you that the operation is not recommended, but it will grant you to proceed.
Printer’s Apprentice is a useful tool for viewing and comparing your fonts and printing samples, and even for viewing font collections that you may or may not want to install. But even though it does a flawless job of installing and uninstalling your fonts, you need to be pretty organized to avoid getting in a real mess–and once you lose a font, Printer’s Apprentice is not much good at helping you find it. If you need (and can afford) a powerful font management tool, go for the professional-level FontExplorer X Pro, which is harder to learn, but manages your fonts with ease and poise, disabling unwanted fonts rather than uninstalling them.
On the other hand, if you are on a tight budget, have too many fonts, and need help organizing them, Printer’s Apprentice is great at grouping and comparing fonts, and helping you decide which to keep and which to delete. It certainly works better than trying to delete fonts in WindowsFonts manually. And if you regularly download font packs or have fonts stored on CDs, Printer’s Apprentice is a cheap and simple way to view them and decide which to download…or not.
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