What’s Coming Up Next? – Tom Bluewater Introducing FontsView 4 for Mac OS X

Mac application FontsView 4

TOKYO (Tom Bluewater) – The FontsView series is now more than 6 years old. FontsView is something that I frequently use to pick the best font family for a specific text string. Well, I’ve rewritten it in Swift from scratch. This new software submission to Mac App Store is called FontsView 4.  

Mac application FontsView 4

Tom Bluewater
  Mac application FontsView 4

Tom Bluewater

What’s new?

  1. The user can now use non-installed fonts to render styled text.
  2. Add selected fonts to the font candidate list.
  3. ‘Compare fonts’ is completely rebuilt. While comparing styled text objects from different font families, eliminate undesirable ones individually.
  4. Overlay fonts: The user can overlay drawings of styled text strings from system fonts as well as non-installed custom fonts.


  1. Select a folder containing font files (OTF, TTF) in order to use custom fonts to render styled text.
  2. Limit access to custom fonts based on file sizes.
  3. Highlight names of important font families.
  4. Add important font families to the favorite font list.
  5. Add font families to the candidate list.
  6. Select a text color from a drop-down menu list of 60+ colors.
  7. Mix a color with RGB values or with hexadecimal code. Add your favorite color to My colors.
  8. Change the background color of the styled text canvas.
  9. Copy current styled text as Rich Text into the system clipboard.
  10. Save current styled text as an image (BMP, GIF, JPEG, JPEG 2000, PNG, TIFF) to your disk.
  11. Save current styled text as Rich Text (RTF) to your disk.
  12. Write out styled text from all available system font families as Rich Text (RTF) to your disk.
  13. Write out styled text with all available typefaces for selected system font as Rich Text (RTF) to your disk..
  14. Overlay fonts: Overlay drawings of styled text strings from selected font families.
  15. Overlay fonts: Save the overlay cavas as an image (BMP, GIF, JPEG, JPEG 2000, PNG, TIFF) to your disk.
  16. Compare fonts: Compare styled text strings from all available font families including non-installed custom fonts.
  17. Compare fonts: Eliminate individual styled text strings. Save a list of names of remaining font families as a text file to your disk.
  18. The fullScreen mode is supported.
  19. The application supports the retina screen. (tested with 2014 2.6 GHz 13″ MacBook Pro)
  20. Languages: English only.
  21. Application file size: 38.1 MB.
  22. The application comes with a built-in 24-page user guide. Click on the Quick tour toolbar button or choose Show Quick Tour under FontsView 4 whenever you need to see it.

System requirements

  1. 10.11 (tested with 10.11.6), 10.12 (tested with 10.12.2 and 10.12.5)
  2. 64-bit system


  1. The supported custom font file extensions are OTF and TTF only so far.
  2. When you render styled text with a custom font, the user won’t get access to its typefaces.
  3. A Rich Text object cannot be rendered with a custom font.

Version history

Version 4.1.0

  1. Right-clicking on the name of a system font family name, the user can have it copied into the system clipboard.
  2. The user can now save candidate font list as a text file to disk.

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. If you are running this trial version under macOS 10.12 Sierra, you need to quit the application right after the first launch to evade a Sierra bug.

Video tutorial

There is no video tutorial at this time.

FontsView 4 is a product of Tom Bluewater.
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