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MainType 12

Version released on May 3, 2024

A five-star rating for MainType according to user reviews

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, manage, preview, organize, install, and print your fonts. MainType is the only font manager for Windows that fully supports variable fonts and OpenType layout features.

MainType is designed for graphic artists, typographers, and other power users who demand high-end functionality such as network support, advanced categorizing, and complex searching capabilities. The font manager 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.

Unicode Character Grid

Easily navigate through Unicode blocks, copy characters to the clipboard, sample panel or directly insert them from the font manager into background applications.

Notes, Tags, and Ratings

Add custom notes to your fonts, give them a rating, and tag your fonts with simple keywords and quickly find the font you need by searching for these keywords.

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.

In-depth Font Comparison

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 Reports

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.

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.

OpenType Layout Features

Use the Sample panel to select which features you want to apply to the preview text, so that you can test a font’s OpenType layout features directly in the font manager. To enable this mode, click the X2 button. It also supports color 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

MainType is a font manager that helps you categorize your fonts by foundry, font-type, rating, font width, and more. It also comes with an option to 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 manage fonts per project.

Repair Font Registry

The professional edition of MainType will automatically detect font registry issues such as missing and duplicate installed fonts. These issues can then be fixed with a single mouse click.

Duplicate Fonts

Over the years your font collection might contain many duplicate fonts. Fortunatly this font manager has a feature that allows you to clean up your font library.

What They're Saying

MainType has been rock solid and has all the features I need to manage the 4000+ fonts I have.

Rick Bergeron

I've been using High-Logic MainType for years. Unlike other font managers, it is as fast as you can expect it to be. No bugs, no freezing.

Yves Saint-Lary

I was using another font manager but MainType is so much easier to use. So glad I made this purchase.

Lori Eckstein

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