Print My Fonts
Print My Fonts
Perhaps you know it: With time, there is an unbelievably number of fonts collected on your computer and you are just looking for exactly the right one for your next invitation card in the gigantic assortment! Again and again you try out the one or other type, however, the software you are using does not give a good overview over them. Either you have to select the font cumbersomely to have a look at them or the dialog is much too small and you do not have any possibility to compare some fonts next to each other.
To get an overview over all of these fonts, you can use the tool PrintMyFonts for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux by Stefan Trost Media. With this tool, it is possible to list all of your installed fonts as well as fonts from your hard drive or disk. You can display any sentence or single character written in the fonts of your choice, so that you are able to compare their looks. You can have a look at the list of font styles directly on your computer or you can print it via your printer or export the list in various file formats such as image (JPG, PNG or BMP), HTML Website, via a PDF printer as PDF or as RTF document that can be opened in Microsoft Word or OpenOffice. The best output format suitable for you depends on your purpose. For example, an image output can be used to show a font list on your homepage.
It is completely in your hands, which fonts and font styles are used and which sentence or characters are printed. For example, it is possible to select or filter all font types coming into consideration for your document depending on the preview and to print the text that should be used in your document in exactly those fonts in order to compare them.
By the way, you can filter your fonts directly through their name or even their font characteristics such as the character width (fixed monospace fonts or fonts having a variable width), the font type (sans serif fonts versus fonts with serifs) or the line weight. So, you can quickly reduce your selection when you are for example only searching for fonts with fixed width and serifs.
Of course, it is also possible to print some characters or a sentence and the name of the font of all fonts available to be able to select the next fitting font directly from paper.
You can use placeholders and of course, you can use any Unicode character in your output that you want to view in the fonts. Thus, the tool can also be used for checking whether some characters are available in a font or not and to show how these characters look like. This is important, because not every font contains all available Unicode character (see this page).
A list of all supported font file formats as well as the export formats, can be found on the page formats.
The tool can be downloaded for free on this page for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. PrintMyFonts is portable, you can use it directly and without installation.