What’s Coming Up Next? – Tom Bluewater Introducing FontsView NIF Edition for Mac OS X

Mac OS X software FontsView NIF Edition

TOKYO (MacHouse) – Before installing new fonts, I sometimes wish that I could test them with some text. FontsView, an existing Mac App Store application, lets you view styled text with different fonts that are already installed on your computer. Well… Maybe, I can develop a new application that deal with fonts that are not yet installed. In fact, I submitted a new desktop application to Mac App Store a few hours ago. This new submission is called FontsView NIF Edition.

Mac software FontsView NIF Edition   Mac software FontsView NIF Edition

Most desktop applications out there work with fonts that are installed on your computer. By contrast, FontsView NIF (an acronym for not-installed fonts) Edition works with fonts that are not installed. FontsView NIF Edition lets you view styled text, using font files that you select, whether they are already installed or not. You can save styled text with the selected font as a picture or a rich text to your disk.

Since this application is largely based on FontsView 3, the initial release starts with v. 3.0.0.


  1. View styled text with fonts that are not installed on your system.
  2. Save text colors that you frequently use as my colors. Select one from a drop-down menu.
  3. Highlight important fonts. Select a highlight color.
  4. Let the application remember or not remember fonts that you have opened.
  5. Save current styled text as a rich text format (RTF) file to your disk.
  6. Save current styled text as a picture (BMP, GIF, JPEG, JPEG 2000, PNG, TIFF) to your disk.
  7. Print current styled text. Or save it as PDF.
  8. Copy current styled text into the system clipboard as rich text format with a click of a button.
  9. The main application window supports the fullScreen mode.
  10. The application supports the retina screen. (tested with 2014 2.6 GHz 13″ MacBook Pro)
  11. Languages: English and Japanese only.
  12. Application file size: 19.1 MB.
  13. The application comes with a built-in 13-page user guide. Choose Show Quick Tour under FontsView NIF Edition whenever you need to see it.
  14. There’s no nagging screen. This application is a product people pay to use. The application won’t pop up a screen and nag the user to rate the product.

System requirements

  1. 10.8 (tested with 10.8.5), 10.9 (tested with 10.9.5), 10.10 (tested with 10.10.4)
  2. 64-bit system


  1. In order to view a rich text format (RTF) file (that you create with this application) with TextEdit or some other rich text editors, the applied font must be installed on your system. Or default system font will apply.
  2. When you save current styled text as a picture to your disk, resulting resolutions will be 72 dpi x 72 dpi for a non-retina display computer. For a retina display computer, resulting resolutions will be 144 dpi x 144 dpi only if you choose JPEG, PNG or TIFF as an export format.
  3. Supported font formats include TTF, OTF.
  4. Different typefaces don’t apply as using them requires the font panel (NSFontPanel), which only works with fonts that are installed on your computer.

Version history

Nothing so far…

Trial/Demo version

Click here to download a trial version. This trial version will remain fully functional for 7 days, starting from the very moment you first launch it.

Video tutorial

There is no video tutorial at this time.

FontsView NIF Edition is a product of Tom Bluewater.
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2 thoughts on “What’s Coming Up Next? – Tom Bluewater Introducing FontsView NIF Edition for Mac OS X

  1. Bonjour,
    Je n’arrive pas à ouvrir les polices installées sur mon iMac. Le dossier FontBook est grisé et je ne peux pas cliquer dessus.
    Merci de m’aider.

  2. Hello. Thank you for your contacting us. You can just drag and drop font files directly onto the list. If that doesn’t work, you may want to try Best Fonts 5, which we released a month ago.

    Bonjour. Merci de nous avoir contactés. Vous pouvez simplement faire glisser et déposer les fichiers de polices directement sur la liste. Si cela ne fonctionne pas, vous pouvez essayer Best Fonts 5, que nous avons publié il y a un mois.

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