FontBase – A Beautiful Font Manager for Designers

FontBase is a cross-platform font manager with a beautifully designed UI and a well-organized panel layout. It is free and just as fast, stable, and reliable as several paid apps in its category.

FontBase boasts a responsive app window with a properly contrasted background which in turn makes fonts stand out nice and shiny. It has 3 main panels: Organize, where you can find the fonts installed on your system, your favorite fonts, and your collections.

You can also drag and drop font folders into this panel; Collect, where you can discover and install Google (and other fonts) with one click; and Discover, from where you can get notifications of new fonts that have become available online for download.

Thanks to FontBases auto sync feature, you never have to worry about the changes you make to your font collection. Also, activating multiple fonts is a breeze – just throw all your prefeered typefaces in a folder, add them to your Organize panel and then activate all of them at once.

Features in FontBase

  • Beautiful UI – FontBase offers an eye candy UI with a beautiful minimal design-inspired theme.
  • Cross-platform – enjoy app consistency whether you’re working on Linux, Mac, or Windows.
  • Collections – organize your fonts into groups for easier access.
  • One-click Activation – activate as many fonts as you want from one folder with a single click.
  • Nested Folders – organize your fonts several layers.
  • AutoSync – never worry about losing any changes you make to your font collections.
  • Epic Performance – enjoy FontBase’s swift autosync and response features.

Apparently, because FontBase is still in development stage the Collect and Discover panels are “coming soon”. I don’t know about you, but once it is fully functional it will become my primary font manager app.

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What do you think about FontBase? Is it worth adding to your collection of Productivity Apps for Linux Designers? Air your views in the comments section below.

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4 thoughts on “FontBase – A Beautiful Font Manager for Designers”

  1. Sounds and looks good, but: CAN YOU DELETE FONTS WITH IT IN LINUX!!!!!!! A lot of people want this feature more than anything, because there are a few places fonts can be (and are) stored, and file manager previews are not good enough to see them well.

    It seems like no font manager can: “font-manager” can’t, KDE’s “font Manager” can’t (looks like a cripled remake of font-manager), “font matrix”; nope, and “fonty python” could, but it’s a goner now…

    • Fonty Python is available in the LMDE3 software repo. I just installed it and it not only works but it does, indeed, delete fonts. It may be under development again since discontinued software is not usually in the main repository. At least, I did not think it was. Anyway, maybe that will solve the issue.

      It does stand to reason that font management would include the ability to delete since it can install. Very good point.

      • I thought I posted this a few days ago, but I was not “logged in, and it looked like it posted; It did not:

        I have checked the Arch repo’s and the AUR for it and low and behold it appeared in the AUR a few months ago. On the other hand I was ill for a a while, fell behind running my business… and haven’t had time to use it. But now at least I have it for when I get around to using it. I did although already mention clearly that I know it can delete fonts.

        Pay attention! ;>)

  2. This is awesome good share, have you ever tried Typecatcher? It’s a native app for Linux, deals with Google’s hosted fonts, lets you download them too, pretty useful.


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