MainType Comparison Chart

MainType Professional Edition incorporates all features available in the other editions and also includes several additional features.

Free Edition Standard Edition Professional Edition
Price (Single user license) FREE
Can be used for commercial purposes No Yes Yes
Maximum number of fonts allowed in the font libraryMainType easily supports font libraries containing more than half a million fonts. To easily manage large font collections, we recommend to use groups, custom views, ratings, and/or tags. 2500 10000 unlimited!
Font Management
Load, install, and uninstall fonts Yes Yes Yes
Preview & browse fonts Yes Yes Yes
Export fonts No Yes Yes
Custom font viewsWith your own views you can view a selection of your fonts with just a single click. No No Yes
Custom font groupsYou can add virtual groups and add fonts to them. This way you can group fonts for specific projects, so they can be viewed and installed with a single click. Yes Yes Yes
Detailed font comparison pane Yes Yes Yes
Rate fonts Yes Yes Yes
Font categorization Yes Yes Yes
Font tagging Yes Yes Yes
Advanced Features
Unicode character gridThe character grid shows all characters available in the selected font. For your convenience, the characters are grouped into Unicode blocks. Yes Yes Yes
Keep in sync folders - Team synchronizationWith this option MainType will show your file system folder structure as groups, so your fonts in these groups match with your file system. This is espacially powerful if the folder is a network folder, as you can then share the same fonts within your team. You can even point such folder to a shared Dropbox folder or a shared Google Drive folder, so you keep fonts in sync even when you are not working within the same network. Yes Yes Yes
Auto install fonts after synchronizationThis special feature allows you to automatically install fonts. Just copy fonts to the folder, and let the synchronization feature do the hard work. If more computers point to the same folder, all will automatically install the same set of fonts. No No Yes
Invalid and corrupt font detection Yes Yes Yes
System font protection Yes Yes Yes
Font activation pluginsMainType comes with font activation plugins for Adobe InDesign. When you open a document in InDesign, MainType will automactially install all missing fonts if available in your font collection. No No Yes
Font registry fixer No No Yes
Other Features
Fully customizable layoutsDifferent task usually require a different layout. So use different layouts when you look for a specific font, inspect specific characters, or want to tag or rate your fonts. Use shortcuts to switch between layouts; easy peasy! Yes Yes Yes
Print & print preview Yes Yes Yes
HTML export No Yes Yes
Import and export font ratings and tags Yes Yes Yes
Backup & restore Yes Yes Yes
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