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MainType 8.0

The best font manager I've ever seen!

MainType is a powerful but easy to use font manager and font viewer for Windows, that takes the frustration out of managing your fonts. It is packed with tons of intuitive features that makes it simple to find, preview, organize, install, and print your fonts.

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Runs on Microsoft Windows Runs On: Vista, 7, 8, 10 (32/64 bit)
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MainType makes it simple to find, preview, organize, install, and print your fonts. MainType supports all common font formats: TrueType, OpenType, TrueType Collections, and Postscript Type 1 fonts. Unlike simple font preview applications, MainType is designed for graphic artists, typographers, and other power users who demand high-end functionality such as network support, plug-ins, advanced categorizing, searching capabilities, and fast searches for the fonts that you need.
Customizable layout
MainType uses an advanced docking system that allows you to configure the layout the way you want! Whether you want your panels hidden, docked, floating or in tabs it's all possible.
Character grid with Unicode block navigation
Easily navigate through Unicode blocks, copy characters to the clipboard, sample panel or directly insert them into background applications.
Compare fonts the easy way
Simply drag and drop up to 5 fonts onto the font information panel to compare font properties. This helps you identify which font version you want to use, uninstall, categorize, or print.
Print preview
Print samples of your fonts, and choose between four predefined reports. Optionally preview before printing, so you can be sure you print the font listings, character sets, or font information pages you want.
Tag your fonts
Tag your fonts with simple keywords such as Calligraphy, Serif, Symbols and quickly find the font you need by searching for these keywords.
Team Synchronization
Let MainType synchronize specific folders on your filesystem or network with special groups in the groups panel and you will always have an up to date list of your fonts.
Corrupt font detection
Corrupt fonts could make your system unstable so MainType detects them and prevents them from showing up in your library. The "Invalid Font Resource" dialog allows you to view corrupt fonts and delete them.
Easy backup and restore
The Font Management Service Config (FMSConfig) utility allows you to make quick and easy backups of your entire font library, tags, groups, settings with just a few mouse clicks.
Font categorization and family grouping
Categorize your fonts by foundry, font-type, rating, font width, and more and optionally group your fonts by family.
Group your fonts
Create font groups for birthdays, holidays, cars, animals, themes, or whatever needs you have and quickly load, install and uninstall them. This feature also allows graphic designers to store fonts per project.
Repair font registry
The professional edition of MainType will automatically detect common font registry issues such as missing and duplicate installed fonts. These issues can then be fixed with a single mouse click.
Font activation plugins
Designers no longer need to spend time looking for missing fonts, as the font activation plug-ins for Adobe InDesign automatically install fonts that are not already installed, but are available on the PC.

MainType is fast even when running on systems with tens of thousands of fonts. The database design makes it simple to back up and restore your font library. Network support allows access to fonts that are stored on a network drive.

If you preview a font and discover that it is missing one or more characters, the software will highlight the problem with red text. This way you can easily identify which fonts to ignore when looking for a nice font for your new project headline.

For easy access to your fonts, MainType allows you to tag, rate, group, sort, and search for fonts within your collection. You can define your own custom views which allow you to filter your font library for specific needs. The font export wizard generates a web based overview of any of your fonts.

MainType provides immediate system-wide font synchronization, with no need to refresh font lists or reboot the computer after installing fonts. Unlike most other font managers, MainType runs without administrator credentials. This eliminates the frustrating elevation prompt when managing your fonts.

is rated 4.6/5 based on 45 reviews.

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“I am very happy with MainType. It has been rock solid and has all the features I need to manage the 4000+ fonts I have.”
- Rick Bergeron

“A front end Web Designer needs a Font Manager almost as much as air to breathe. I was ecstatic to find MainType, which does the job incredibly well, including font installs and uninstalls, which most of the others don't do. The customizations this program allows really puts it way above any of the others. I highly recommend this product for anyone who needs a font manager. Thank you, High-Logic!”
- BJ Novack

“I've previously bought Scanahand and FontCreator which I find excellent programs. I have now added MainType to make things even better. Thanks for all your work in the making of these products”
- Robert Colin

MainType is packed with tons of intuitive features. The program has multiple tabbed-like windows that are easy to drag around to snap them into place. You can also show/hide the windows that you need (or don't need). Clean, well designed interface. Comes with a default and aluminium skins. It's a real joy to use. Finally a program that not only packs a lot of features together, but also has a clean interface. Too bad I didn't find this program earlier as I suffered in pain using other font manager(s) that don't measure up.”
- L. Pere

“We have been using your font manager MainType with good results, so good in fact the 30 day trial period has passed and we're stuck without it! Fortunately not for long, as we received the multi-user license right after we ordered it.”
- Kevin Gibson

MainType is the font manager that should have been built into Windows long ago.”
- Robert Barnett

“I have tried several other font managers, but MainType is by far the best. Over the years I have collected thousands of fonts and MainType is the only font manager that is able to show all of them. MainType is fast and very easy to use. I can now focus on collecting more fonts!”
- Charles Nelson

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