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by John F. Braun

Take a Close Look at Your Fonts
December 6th, 1999

FontBuddy 1.3.1 ($10 Shareware)
Vincent Softwares

Sure, the Mac is a great machine when it comes to dealing with fonts, but at some point, you may get overwhelmed with the sheer amount of fonts you have to deal with. If you'd like to get a closer look your fonts, beyond the mere names in the Font menu, you should check out FontBuddy.

After you launch the Font Buddy window, you'll be presented with a view of all characters in the font. If you want, you can change the size and style of the displayed font. But the FontBuddy window also offers Character, Font Sample and Font Info tabs.

Character will allow you to view a specific character in the font. the Font sample window will show a phrase using the currently selected font. Finally, Font Info will show detailed info about the font name, format, and other characteristics of interest.

FontBuddy will help you learn as much as possible about the fonts on your system.

Have any other gadgets you'd like us to look at? Let John know via e-mail, or share it with the rest of us on the Mac Gadget Forum.

Useful Link

Font Buddy Home Page

The Font Characters Window

The Font Info Window

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John is a software engineer who works in the corporate R&D group of a Fortune 500 company, focusing on all aspects of communications technology. He has several degrees that claim he knows what he's doing when it comes to computers. After watching co-workers reinstall Windows, search for device drivers, and experience other horrors during the day, he's glad that he comes home to a Mac (compatible) computer. Have any comments, suggestions, or favorite Gadgets? Drop John a line at

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