Typeface app release notes

Even the most polished font manager for Mac needs updates every now and then. Just to make it more awesome.

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Typeface v3.3.1 2021-09-16

If you’ve downloaded Typeface from the Mac App Store and are running the app in the background, you might have noticed that the app could not verify your purchase occasionally. Turns out the Mac App Store updates the app in the background while the app is running. When this happens the version on disk is a newer version than the one running. Since one of the checks described by Apple’s guidelines is to verify that these versions match, this did cause a purchase verification failure. A quick restart of the app would make sure you’re running the latest version and both versions would match again such that your purchase could be verified.

This bug has been reported to Apple, but luckily this has also been fixed now in 3.3.1 and the app continues to run even if a newer version is already waiting for you in the background.

Some previous updates may have disabled Auto Activation as well. This has been improved in 3.3.1 and shouldn’t happen anymore.

In short: smoother updates from now on :)

IMPROVED Select correct tag(s) after renaming or removing a tag
FIXED Prevent disabling auto activation after update
FIXED Prevent purchase verification failure when app is updated by Mac App Store while running in the background
FIXED Ensure legacy Mac App Store VPP purchases are valid

Typeface v3.3.0 2021-09-07


Reconnect external locations

For those of you that import fonts from an external location Typeface can now keep your locations and fonts imported even if the external location is disconnected. When you’ve imported fonts from a shared server and you’re on the go the fonts will not be accessible anymore. These missing fonts are normally removed automatically, but if you disable Preferences > Library > Remove Missing Fonts the fonts stay imported. Whenever the location is available again the fonts are reconnected and ready to be previewed right away.

And lots of other goodies to play with in this update. Use the new display toggles in the preview input modal to change preview settings such as alignment, font smoothing, outlines and more. A new underline display option has been added to preview something that needs some extra emphasis and protected system fonts are now recognizable by a small lock icon.

Have fun :)

NEW Optionally keep inaccessible fonts imported, such that they can be restored when accessible again. Useful when importing fonts from external locations. Disabled by default, enable in Preferences > Library
NEW Added underline preview display option
NEW Added display buttons to preview input modal to quickly toggle preview display options
IMPROVED Allow manual refreshing of Font Book location in sidebar
IMPROVED Add menu actions and keyboard shortcuts to traverse tags in the sidebar
IMPROVED Allow interacting with unloaded fonts
IMPROVED Indicate protected system fonts by a locked activation icon
IMPROVED Don’t change size slider to tracking when pressing the option key on other windows
IMPROVED Replaced #quick-collection by #typeface/user as default suggestion for search field
IMPROVED Set cursor at the end of the input field when renaming tags
IMPROVED Added Preference option to automatically check for updates
IMPROVED Smaller update package for quicker updates
FIXED Keep menu items enabled when dismissing the search field by clicking on the window title
FIXED Prevent crash when moving an inaccessible activated font to Trash
FIXED Restore interaction with reused preview cells if previous cells were missing
FIXED Reveal previews when every font in a tag is missing
FIXED Correctly position preview text input modal on small window sizes
FIXED Prevent Quick Collection and Activation hover changes when preview text input modal is visible
FIXED Prevent creating tags with a leading ‘#’

Typeface v3.2.2 2021-08-19


Typeface is nu beschikbaar in het Nederlands!

That didn’t make sense? It means that Typeface has been translated and is now available in Dutch. If your macOS system language is set to Dutch Typeface will be localized accordingly.

Since the app is now fully localizable it’s ready for other languages as well. Want to help with translating Typeface? Contact support for more information.

In addition to these new fancy Dutch words Typeface 3.2.2 contains some nice improvements and fixes. Including a much requested feature to prefer certain font formats when Import Duplicates is turned off.

When this preference setting is disabled the app will skip importing a font if another font with the same name is already imported. Previously the app would pick the first font it found, which could be any format. Now it sorts new font based on format preference and picks the best one available: OTF fonts are preferred the most. If that’s not available TTFs are picked, followed by WOFF web fonts. And if there is nothing else older PostScript Type 1 fonts are imported.

Note that this only happens for entirely new imports. Already imported fonts are always preferred, in order to preserve all their tags. So if you have a WOFF font imported and later add a TTF variant, the WOFF one will stay imported.

Veel plezier!

NEW Added Dutch translations
IMPROVED Prefer desktop font formats when skipping duplicates on import. Existing imports are not affected. OTF > TTF > WOFF > PS1
IMPROVED Added location item to info context menu
IMPROVED Deactivate fonts before moving them to Trash
IMPROVED Show font container paths only once in Show in Finder context menu item tooltip
IMPROVED Show message when using standalone license on Mac App Store version
IMPROVED Show warning when getting Mac App Store license fails
IMPROVED Show warning when moving fonts to Trash fails
FIXED Prevent potential crash when closing the app
FIXED Correctly deactivate supplementary system fonts when resolving a conflict
FIXED Unlock Pro features when purchasing on Mac App Store after first purchase failed

Typeface v3.2.1 2021-07-24

Fixed a few bugs introduced in Typeface v3.2. These happened only very occasionally, so if you’ve already updated you probably haven’t even noticed them :)

FIXED Prevent potential crash when migrating font data to v3.2
FIXED Prevent crash when showing dynamic preview of font without proper glyph candidates

Typeface v3.2.0 2021-07-19


Clean up your library and get rid of needless copies. Choose File > Find Duplicates… from the main menu to open the brand new Duplicates panel.

This panel allows you to find all duplicate fonts and optionally remove them from your Mac. Typeface can auto select duplicates for removal based on format preference, so you don’t have to go through all of them manually.

Learn more about this new feature in the Finding and Removing Duplicates article.

NEW Find and remove duplicate fonts.
IMPROVED Reorganized main menu, moved items from Edit to Font menu
IMPROVED Prioritize desktop formats when activating duplicate fonts (OTF > TTF > WOFF > PS1)
IMPROVED Show preferred desktop formats first when there are duplicate fonts
IMPROVED Improved performance of deactivating supplemental system fonts
IMPROVED Display separate ‘WOFF’ kind for WOFF fonts
FIXED Show all open windows in the Window main menu
FIXED Allow activating deactivated system container fonts, such as Al Bayan.
FIXED Show Back button arrow when app is inactive

Typeface v3.1.0 2021-06-07

Apple Silicon

Got one of those shiny new M1 Macs?

Typeface now has native support for Apple Silicon! Even though the app already ran perfectly on Rosetta, going native makes everything just a tad bit faster. So I hope you’ll enjoy even better performance and efficiency on your M1 Mac!

Also managed to fix some bugs and added some quality-of-live improvements, even if you’re still on an Intel Mac :)

NEW Native support for Apple Silicon
IMPROVED Allow activating and deactivating the Manual tag in the sidebar
IMPROVED (De)Activating tags in the sidebar will now target fonts from subtags as well
IMPROVED Show alert when importing/exporting a tag backup file fails
IMPROVED Start Auto Activation sooner at launch
IMPROVED More robust file descriptor limit increase
IMPROVED Slightly increased size of app icon
IMPROVED Added support links to Introduction screen
FIXED Spacing between Preference toolbar icons on Big Sur
FIXED Background shadow for search suggestions panel on Big Sur
FIXED Correctly handle advanced contextual OpenType features, prevents crash for ‘Libre Barcode EAN13 Text’ font
FIXED Prevent conflict alerts on InDesign Auto Activation requests
FIXED Prevent app freezes on System Auto Activation requests
FIXED Correctly disable Auto Activators when necessary
FIXED Properly position back button and window title on macOS Sierra/High Sierra
FIXED Prevent scrollbar when showing IAP window and scrollbars are always visible
FIXED Allow launching Support Tools when database cannot be opened

Typeface v3.0.1 2021-05-04

Polishing up that big fat 3.0.0 release :)

FIXED Correctly sync imported locations when the case of its path has changed
FIXED Typo in preferences — Improted is not a word
FIXED Prevent crash when previewing variable font that has a variable without a range
FIXED Rename tags that start with a leading ! that’s not allowed anymore!
FIXED Correctly show Google sync state in Preferences
FIXED Improved recognition of current macOS theme when it’s set to auto switch
FIXED Make sure in-app purchase window and feedback window use app theme
FIXED Prevent clipping of ‘Purchase’ button on Mac App Store license view

Typeface v3.0.0 2021-04-21

A Love Letter to Typography

Proudly presenting the biggest update ever: vastly improved internals, awesome performance and great new features!

Some features require Typeface Pro (single in-app purchase). You’ll get a personal discount offer inside the app to upgrade.


NEW Added secondary action indicator in the bottom-right corner of a preview.
NEW Default click action can be changed by adjusting the Default Action setting in Preferences. Choose between Click-to-collect a font or Click-to-view-details. The secondary action indicator will adjust accordingly. Previously known as ‘Collection Priority Mode’. Command-click for Click-to-collect is not available anymore, it stays available for Click-to-view-details
NEW Added separate Preference setting for targeting fonts. Dragging and right click will now target collected fonts by default
IMPROVED Tweaked app colors, improved legibility of font names and activation bullet
IMPROVED Increased hover area for activation bullet
IMPROVED Added down states to activation bullet
IMPROVED Collecting fonts now gives immediate visual feedback by showing the outline. Very large font collections have a delay between clicking and actually collecting
IMPROVED Highlight targeted fonts on right click
IMPROVED Adjusted down states for regular buttons

Text Layouts

NEW Added new ‘Text’ detail page to preview body text
NEW Multiple templates to preview how a font looks in different layouts: book, columns, magazine, quote
NEW On trackpads pinch to adjust font size, Option-pinch to adjust tracking
NEW Drag mouse horizontally to adjust font size, drag vertically to adjust tracking
NEW Click the info button to view text properties for the given text block
NEW Create custom layout templates, see … button in the layout switcher
NEW Layout templates are simple text files that contain multiple blocks of text properties and text content, see ‘Custom.txt’ for details

OpenType features

NEW Added ‘Typography’ main menu item which allows you to enable/disable OpenType features for all previews. Including Ligatures, Oldstyle/Tabular Figures, Superiors, Alternates, Fractions, Kerning and more
NEW Inspect OpenType feature support on the new ‘Features’ detail page
NEW Get a detailed overview of the individual glyphs included in each OpenType feature (GSUB table) supported by a font
NEW Hover over each feature to get a live preview. Includes A/B Compare support to reveal the differences
NEW Show advanced input, output and context (backtrack + lookahead) glyph rules for each glyph substitution in the right click context menu
NEW Copy the input characters necessary to use a certain feature in the right click context menu

Some features are not supported on macOS 10.12 — salt ornm rand titl fwid qwid vkna nalt jalt

Variable Fonts

NEW Added new ‘Variables’ detail page for variable fonts
NEW Get a live preview by hovering over each variable slider
NEW Small previews indicate how each variable behaves
NEW Confirm variables by dragging/clicking on the sliders
NEW Automatic Optical Size (opsz) adjustment when available
NEW Copy variables to CSS output
NEW Double click on a header to reset
NEW Compare variable changes to default by enabling A/B Compare
FIXED Correctly paint missing glyphs in variable font previews

For variable font examples check v-fonts.com

Quick Attach

NEW Quickly add or remove multiple tags to/from fonts
NEW Summon the panel on trackpads by tapping with three fingers, or using Force Touch
NEW Choose Tags > Attach… from the context menu or Edit > Tags > Attach… from the main menu (Command-T)
NEW Or drag fonts to the toolbar at the top of the window
NEW Type to search tags
NEW Press Return to attach the highlighted tag or confirm your tags
NEW Press Tab to toggle the highlighted tag
NEW Press Escape to cancel the adjustments
NEW Click a tag to toggle
NEW Click outside to confirm your tags


NEW Completely renewed and more robust file management core: faster synchronization, better import logic
NEW Show fonts imported from Font Book in the sidebar with a custom tag. Preferences > Library > Font Book
NEW Remove fonts imported from Font Book
NEW Import individual font files directly into the app. New Manual Imports tag in sidebar
NEW Drag and drop folders or files to tags in the sidebar from Finder
NEW Move fonts directly to trash from inside the app. Right click > Move Font to Trash
NEW Remove imported fonts from the app, will be reimported if located in an imported directory. Right click > hold down Option > Remove Font from Typeface)
NEW Show loading progress when importing new fonts. Including very accurate status messages
NEW Fonts moved outside of imported directories are now considered missing (removed from Typeface)
IMPROVED Allow moving Google fonts to a custom location on your Mac
IMPROVED Don’t wait for background sync when removing imported location from sidebar
IMPROVED Prevent Typeface from repeatedly asking to connect to unavailable remote location
IMPROVED Renamed Adobe Fonts directory in sidebar to ‘Adobe’
IMPROVED Support getting font traits from fonts using OS/2 version 5
IMPROVED Added support for .mrf file extension
IMPROVED Support localized font names (useful for Japanese/Chinese fonts)
IMPROVED Enable and disable external import locations in Preferences > Library
IMPROVED Better performance when removing an imported location
IMPROVED More robust loading of fonts


NEW Completely renewed Activation core: much faster activations
NEW Temporarily activate fonts, which will be deactivated automatically when you close the app or restart your Mac. Right click > hold down Option > Activate Temporarily
NEW Allow setting Temporary activations as default. Preferences > Activation > Prefer Temporary Activations
NEW Activate or Deactivate tags. Right click on tag > Activate/Deactivate
NEW Added deactivation context menu option if the current selection contains both activated and deactivated fonts
NEW Allow disabling of fonts located in the macOS font directories, such that they stay deactivated. /Library/Fonts, ~/Library/Fonts, /System/Library/Fonts/Supplemental
NEW Clear all Temporarily activated fonts. Right click on #Temp Activated tag > Clear Temp Activated
IMPROVED Better messaging when conflicts are discovered or fonts cannot be activated


NEW Added filter for x-height
NEW Added filters for number styles. Old Style/Lining/Proportional/Tabular, recognizes both default style for all fonts and optional style for Open Type fonts
NEW Added filters for layout features. Ligatures/Alternates/Small caps/Fractions/Ordinals, right click for even more advanced filter options
NEW Added filters for special fonts. Variable/Color/Bitmap
NEW Added advanced filters. Layout feature support/Glyph outline type
NEW Optionally search for Manufacturer/Designer. Enable: Filters > … > Search > Manufacturer/Designer
IMPROVED Allow diacritic insensitive search for font names


NEW Order fonts by import date. Enable View > Grid > Order by Import Date
NEW Show fonts in single column. Enable View > Grid > Show List
NEW Customize library tags in sidebar/ Right click on All tag > turn on/off tags, including system/deactivated/untagged and more
NEW Show inverted tag from context menu. Right click on tag > Show Not Tag
NEW Support for WOFF & WOFF2 file formats, including new advanced filter
NEW Info context submenu contains info about a font, click an item to copy to clipboard
NEW Go to font details by choosing Info > Details
IMPROVED Locale-aware sorting of tags (special characters), correct sorting for numbers (#10 comes after #9)
IMPROVED Drastically improved performance of select/deselect all
IMPROVED Drastically improved performance of context menu for many fonts
IMPROVED Drastically improved performance of dragging many fonts
IMPROVED Added tooltip for font path in context menu
IMPROVED Added debug log launch option
IMPROVED Toggle lock/unlock the size of a preview on the detail page when scrolling by clicking on the preview
IMPROVED Back button background in full screen
IMPROVED Drag and drop fonts/directories directly to the sidebar in between other locations or on the (+) without specifying a tag
IMPROVED Changing tracking value now keeps kerning value when possible
IMPROVED Realigned buttons in Compare toolbar
IMPROVED Changed size of headers around the app
IMPROVED Renamed/rearranged some OpenType filters in the search panel to make them consistent with Typography menu
IMPROVED Changed visuals of sliders
IMPROVED Adjusted View menu options to clarify their actions
IMPROVED More robust window height constraints when content exceeds screen size in detail view
IMPROVED Keep sidebar open while creating a new tag on drag and drop
IMPROVED Removed previously attached tag from context menu, replaced by Quick Attach
IMPROVED Allow confirming deletion confirmation popovers by pressing Return
IMPROVED Tweaked tag fuzzy search algorithm to give full matches a higher weight
IMPROVED Increased speed of grouping large font lists by family
IMPROVED Handle attaching/detaching tags in the background to give a smoother experience when displaying 50k+ fonts
IMPROVED Reworked context menu, now allows comparing when targeting multiple collected fonts (will compare clicked font)
IMPROVED Generalized license view
IMPROVED New Big Sur app icon
IMPROVED New empty/loading message icon
IMPROVED Show error message when feedback message cannot be sent
IMPROVED Improved copy when app isn’t able to launch
IMPROVED Improved copy of compare dropdown menu
IMPROVED Removed Quick Collection item from context menu
FIXED Incorrect animation when removing an imported location from the sidebar
FIXED Incorrect animation when showing font details if dynamic font names are previewed and fonts are grouped by family
FIXED Print font names when dynamic preview option is enabled
FIXED Don’t show remember preview option if that option is already remembered
FIXED Back button vertical alignment
FIXED Slow printing to PDF when macOS dark mode is enabled
FIXED Set correct text color for collection count in toolbar when switching theme
FIXED Prevent three-finger-taps from freezing the application
FIXED Prevent (renamed) #typeface/temp-active tag from importing on tag restore
FIXED Prevent creating tags with a leading !
FIXED Allow drag and drop fonts/folders on icon when current tag is empty

Typeface 3 drops support for macOS 10.11 El Capitan.

Typeface v2.7.0 2020-09-08

For Sur

Tweaks and fixes for macOS Big Sur!

IMPROVED Added support for woff/woff2 fonts (macOS 10.12+)
IMPROVED Create necessary script directory if not created automatically when enabling Auto Activation (on Big Sur)
FIXED Fixed toolbar button spacing on macOS Big Sur
FIXED Fixed back button icon on macOS Big Sur
FIXED Fixed full screen title bar background on macOS Big Sur

Typeface v2.6.4 2020-01-03

This update contains the following improvements:

IMPROVED Show alert when app cannot launch due to incorrect macOS permissions or no free disk space
IMPROVED Import PostScript Type 1 fonts with tt/t1 extensions
IMPROVED Correctly apply theme after trial has expired
FIXED Don’t attach activation tag to deactivated fonts when restoring a backup
FIXED Prevent feedback reporter crash on El Capitan

Typeface v2.6.3 2019-12-02

In this update some pesky bugs have been fixed, so you can keep on browsing comfortably in Typeface during the upcoming winter nights (or summer days, yeh mates!). Thanks for the reports! If you notice any issues, let me know using the (updated) feedback window: Help > Support & Feedback. Cheers!

IMPROVED Simplified feedback reporter window
IMPROVED Issue reports are now handled by in-house backend
FIXED Prevent crash when quickly clicking on preview after it has been removed
FIXED Prevent occasional crash when searching
FIXED Prevent occasional crash when importing new directories
FIXED Prevent occasional crash when adding/removing fonts to/from tags
FIXED Prevent crash when viewing details of a font without characters
FIXED Prevent reveal animation firing twice when switching tags
FIXED Prevent crash when importing new fonts that are not immediately accessible

Typeface v2.6.2 2019-10-30

This release fixes an obscure bug in the Mac App Store release. Typeface checks a unique identifier of your Mac to verify that you’ve purchased the app. This is done according to the Apple guidelines and uses code as provided by Apple. Unfortunately that code introduces a bug when you’re listening to audio over AirPlay 2.

That’s right, Apple AirPlay actually causes Typeface - and other Mac App Store apps - to fail purchase verification. This results in the app asking repeatedly for your App Store password to verify your purchase and you won’t be able to launch apps that use this particular Apple code until you stop playing over AirPlay.

You may notice Mac App Store apps suddenly quitting and asking for your Mac App Store password. Or you’ll get a message showing ‘“App name” is damaged and can’t be opened.’ If downloading the app again doesn’t help, make sure you’re not playing audio over AirPlay 2 and contact the developers of those apps to let them know about this issue.

Read more about this strange failure in this article about the receipt validation by Chris Liscio. Typeface app has now been updated as described in that article, so you can happily listen to music again while browsing your font catalog!

IMPROVED Allow installing multi-user licenses on standalone release
FIXED Correctly validate Mac App Store receipt when playing audio using AirPlay 2
FIXED Fixed corrupt (variable) font crash on High Sierra
FIXED Set correct font name for variable fonts
FIXED Fixed preview position when auto size is enabled and detail info panel is visible

Typeface v2.6.1 2019-10-10

FIXED Spaces should show up correctly in preview content field

Typeface v2.6.0 2019-10-07


Added macOS Catalina support and dynamic previews, available through the dropdown menu when changing preview text.

NEW Added dynamic preview presets. These presets adjust the preview text per font according to your language preferences and the languages supported by a font. Symbolic and decorative fonts and fonts supporting foreign languages will now all preview something useful.
NEW Added ability to collapse all tags by double clicking the tags header in the sidebar
NEW Added troubleshooting options when launching Typeface while pressing the Option key
IMPROVED Added tooltip when searching for long tags and improved truncating
IMPROVED Clicking on sidebar heading keeps detail view open
FIXED Prevent crash when searching for tags having special characters
FIXED Some small visual issues introduced by Catalina have been resolved

Typeface v2.5.0 2019-06-26


NEW Added left/right/center alignment options in the view menu
NEW Introduction has been improved and allows user to set Collection Priority Mode
IMPROVED Enabled right click on status icon when in background mode
IMPROVED Hide app when clicking on the status icon in background mode
IMPROVED Cell height is adjusted according to auto size setting
IMPROVED Tweaked cell height calculation on overview and for print to make it a bit more compact
IMPROVED License view shows multi seats, correct date and supports long names
IMPROVED UTF names and HTML character codes have been updated to support new characters
IMPROVED Mixed activated/deactivated families can now be deactivated by Shift-clicking on the activation icon
FIXED Preview alignment fixed when turning on/off Collapse Families
FIXED Activating a font when showing the Quick Collection no longer shows bright border
FIXED Downloaded system fonts (using Font Book) are now correctly labeled as System fonts

Typeface v2.4.0 2019-05-24


NEW Auto activate fonts in Adobe InDesign (separate Preference setting)
NEW Search field can be used in detail/family view
NEW The actual character is displayed in the context menu of a character in detail view
NEW Adding a tag is preferred over removing a tag when some fonts have the tag attached
NEW Added clear Quick Collection option on launch in Preferences
IMPROVED Easier to confirm/dismiss the search field
IMPROVED Drag&drop performance increased with many tags
IMPROVED Sidebar scrolling performance improved significantly
IMPROVED Hover icons for the activation indicator have been adjusted to make them more clear
IMPROVED Allow removing a tag in the context menu using the Shift key when the tag is attached to some of the targeted fonts
FIXED Fonts with unknown file type will be imported
FIXED The correct sidebar tags will be highlighted when dragging a font while scrolling
FIXED View options are available while searching
FIXED Correctly restore the Quick Collection on launch when set in Preferences

Typeface v2.3.0 2019-01-12


NEW Quickly (de)activate a font by clicking the grey/blue activation indicator bullet
NEW Tags are grouped in context menus and the main menu
NEW The last added/removed tag is remembered and can be found on the top of the tag list context menu
NEW Tags can be pinned to the top of the tag context menu (hold Option to pin/unpin)
NEW Remember custom preview text presets
NEW Switch preview text preset in the context menu
IMPROVED Improved background check performance on launch
IMPROVED Added Chinese preview text presets
IMPROVED Added designer, manufacturer and license info on font detail view
IMPROVED Tags with uppercase characters should be sorted correctly
FIXED Search field color in Sierra
FIXED Switching between Info and Characters in detail view should be more performant
FIXED Renamed directories where only the case is changed should not imported duplicated fonts

Typeface v2.2.1 2018-11-22

NEW Added support for .scr fonts
NEW Automatically switch to/from Mojave Dark mode
NEW Show context aware ‘empty’ messages to make it more clear why no previews are visible
IMPROVED Importing large tag exports should be significantly faster
IMPROVED Allow selecting multiple directories when importing
FIXED Hide app icon from dock when launched on login and background mode + ‘hide’ is turned on
FIXED Search field in Mojave should keep input text visible when inactive
FIXED Prevent deleting #!typeface/active tag from detail view
FIXED Prevent focus on search field when app becomes active in background mode
FIXED Prevent unresponsive main menu when app becomes active in background mode
FIXED Prevent crash when font contains zero characters

Typeface v2.2.0 2018-09-28

Collapse Tags

NEW Collapse tags with subtags in the sidebar
NEW Remember the last chosen tab in detail view (can be turned off in Preferences)
NEW Remember the last chosen tag when launching the app (can be turned off in Preferences)
IMPROVED Imported locations are sorted by name
IMPROVED Reduced visibility of blue outlines for preview cells in the Quick Collection
IMPROVED Searching in very large libraries should be more performant
IMPROVED Moved sidebar group collapse action to context menu instead of double click to make it less sensitive to accidental collapses
IMPROVED Allow directly returning to the Quick Collection from a detail view
FIXED Timeout issues when syncing Google fonts on a slow connection
FIXED Removed occasional quick flash of previews when switching tags
FIXED Immediately render sidebar tag selected state on click
FIXED Greyed-out back button when window is not in focus
FIXED The correct tag should be selected when expanding the sidebar if Typeface was launched with a collapsed sidebar

Typeface v2.1.0 2018-08-15

Google Fonts Catalog

Expand your library with 2000+ free fonts from the Google Fonts catalog. When imported Typeface keeps the fonts up-to-date so you’ll automatically get the latest fonts when they’re added to the catalog.

NEW Added Google Fonts sync. Import them in Preferences > Import > Import Google Fonts
NEW Added .bmap extension (requires suit file in same directory)
NEW Copy font path in context menu by holding down Option
IMPROVED Fonts are removed from Typeface when they’re moved to the Trash
IMPROVED Show main window when in background mode and the app is opened again
FIXED Font names should have correct display names instead of PostScript name
FIXED Swipe with two fingers now also works on magic mouse
FIXED Various Mojave fixes, including crashes when dragging fonts
FIXED Crash when location is removed while a font in that location is viewed in detail view

Typeface v2.0.4 2018-05-22

FIXED Manually refreshing locations now correctly imports new fonts
FIXED Prevent crash when viewing license window after trial is expired
FIXED Correctly restore sidebar selected state when expanding with many tags
FIXED Typo when license is registered

Typeface v2.0.3 2018-05-09

NEW Prevent Typeface from quitting when closing the window and keep it running in the status bar, enable this setting in Preferences
FIXED Allow Control clicking on sidebar items to get the context menu
FIXED Renaming tags to a subtag now works (e.g. #abc -> #abc/def)
FIXED Previously hidden tags due to subtag rename bug are restored
FIXED Prevent font containers (ttc) from deactivating multiple times

Typeface v2.0.2 2018-04-26

FIXED Inactive compare option in context menu of single font
FIXED Font table crashes
FIXED Scroll to top when going to tag from Quick Collection
FIXED Scroll to top when searching
FIXED Titlebar fade animation
FIXED Disallow multiple lines in preview text input
FIXED Activation issues when Font Book fonts are disabled

Typeface v2.0.0 2018-04-18

Twice as Nice

Typeface just got a whole lot better! Introducing Typeface 2: Improved font management, more smart features and still a lovely simple UI.


  • Typeface now supports importing directories. Choose File > Import (Command-O) to import a directory or drag and drop a directory from Finder onto Typeface app.
  • Imported directories are automatically synced on each start (new fonts are added, removed fonts are deleted from Typeface).
  • Typeface will automatically import fonts from Font Book on each start.


  • Brand new sidebar with (custom) tags
  • To open/close the sidebar: swipe right/left with two fingers, use the new sidebar button in the toolbar or press Command-/
  • The sidebar automatically opens when you drag fonts towards it, so you can keep it closed if you want.
  • Create new tags by using the ‘+’ button on the sidebar or press Command-N.


  • The tags implementation in Typeface is very flexible: you’re able to create nested tags, combine tags, subtract tags and invert tags.
  • Nest tags: simply add the ’/‘ character to a tag name to create a nested tag, e.g. “projects/company”. You can nest multiple levels deep.
  • Combine tags: Command click multiple tags in the sidebar to combine.
  • Subtract tags: Use the Search field to narrow down your visible previews. The search field autocompletes tags when you start typing the ‘#’ character.
  • Invert tags: Option click on a tag in the sidebar to invert it, e.g. ‘Activated’ becomes ‘Deactivated’
  • Typeface will automatically add style tags to imported fonts (script/sans etc.)
  • The previous Quick Collection is automatically restored on start (#saved-quick-collection)


  • The Quick Collection is still here as a ‘persistent’ version of selection.
  • To support a more traditional ‘selection’ workflow, you can toggle the ‘Collection Priority’ mode in preferences.
  • Drag all your collected fonts by holding down Command and drag.
  • Use Command-A / Command-Shift-A to collect all/ uncollect all.
  • Hold Command-Shift and click to collect a range.
  • Use the ‘Edit’ menu to batch apply tags to all your collected previews.


  • You can drag fonts to tags in the Sidebar to attach that tag to the dragged font(s).
  • Hold Option to remove the tag from the dragged font(s).
  • Hold Command to drag all collected fonts in the current view.
  • When dragging the sidebar will automatically highlight already attached tags.
  • When dragging in ‘Collapse Families’ mode, you’ll automatically drag all fonts in the family.
  • If you drag fonts to the ‘Activated’ tag the dragged fonts will be activated (if you hold Option the fonts will be deactivated).


  • Added dedicated search field.
  • Moved preview input to ‘Aa’ button (you can also summon the preview input by pressing Command-L or the Spacebar key).
  • Changed tracking modifier key to Option (was Command).


  • You can right click a preview to start comparing.
  • Added Quick Collection drop down in compare bar (click blue font name in compare bar to quickly switch between collected fonts).

Font Info

  • On the detail view a new ‘Info’ tab is added, which shows basic font information.
  • Below the table the currently added tags are available, you can click on user tags and remove them. System tags (the second row) cannot be removed.

Auto Activation (experimental)

  • Auto Activation is available for supported apps, you can turn it on in Preferences.


Typeface v1.6.0 2017-10-03

High Sierra

  • Added High Sierra compatibility

Typeface v1.5.0 2016-10-11

Rock and Roll


This update brings you multiple actions that let you organise all your fonts at once:

  • Activation: activate/deactivate all fonts in the current collection
  • Collections: add multiple fonts to an existing collection, the Quick Collection or a brand new collection
  • Clear: remove all the fonts in the current collection in a single sweep

Together with the previous update which introduced quick selecting fonts with CMD-click, your typography workflow will be faster than ever: Add the fonts you like to the Quick Collection, switch over to the Quick Collection (new shortcut: CMD-3), then save as a new collection (CMD-SHIFT-N)

Also included in this update:

  • multiple new keyboard shortcuts
  • changed the preview field placeholder to be more intuitive
  • added support for the new CMD-click shortcut in Family view
  • removed click delay when clicking on a source tab while it animates
  • fixed issue when adding fonts to favourites in Sierra
  • fixed issue when adding fonts to Quick Collection in Family view
  • fixed some inconsistencies when deactivating a font in the Quick Collection

Typeface v1.4.5 2016-09-20


Typy McTypeface is back with another free update:

  • Support for macOS Sierra!
  • Made preview cells even more compact
  • Added a quick new shortcut to add/remove fonts to the Quick Collection: just Command-click a preview :)
  • Improved visibility of Quick Collection indicator
  • Fixed bug when scrolling with up and down arrow keys during transition

Typeface v1.4.0 2016-06-24

Old School Cool

Print and export to PDF is here! Now you can send your hand-picked font collection to your client, boss and colleagues for review. Or be OldSchoolCool and let your printer turn that beautiful blank white paper into even more beautiful font preview sheets 8-) Speaking of old school… Still have some PostScript Type 1 font suitcase files laying around from back in the day? Yep, from now on Typeface will preview those too.

  • Export your fonts to a beautiful PDF
    • Keep it digital and choose File > Print… > PDF (in lower left-hand corner of the print panel)
    • Or choose to print that sexy typography to paper
    • Support for multiple font overview or single font detail
  • Added support for PostScript Type 1 fonts
  • Added Thai language pangram, ไม่เป็นไร
  • Added option to prevent loading duplicate duplicate fonts fonts (on by default)
  • Decreased minimum preview point size to 8pts
  • Fixed collection dropdown menu position when using a secondary screen
  • Prevent blank previews when you enter a space into the preview input

Typeface v1.3.0 2016-05-07

Not My Style

This update brings some convenient new features to Typeface: Find fonts faster with the all new Font Filters, better browsing with Auto Sizing previews and handy predefined pangrams.

  • Filter fonts by weight, width, slant and style
  • Added magic Auto Size option to make all previews the same size for even better comparing
  • Added common preview options and pangrams
  • Tracking is now always visible in the toolbar - it’s also a toggle to change to the tracking slider
  • Improved legibility of font names
  • Added a secret-but-not-really-hidden review/rating panel with awesome animations
  • Easily remove active filter from the toolbar
  • Improved preview position when adjusting the tracking
  • Control-click now behaves the same as right-click
  • Various theming fixes: loading screen, font titles and indicators
  • Deactivating font collections (.dfont, .ttf) from system tab removes all associated previews
  • Improved minimal fox icon
  • Previews will not be stuck in compare mode after restarting the app

Typeface v1.2.1 2016-03-26

Sincerely Yours

  • Added Thanks & Acknowledgements to About window
  • Fixed missing fonts in system tab if font does not contain a family name
  • Fixed launch issue if the Time format in System Preferences was changed by the user

Typeface v1.2.0 2016-03-23


Your requests have been heard (thanks!) and Typeface delivers with the two most-wanted features: Font activation & persistent settings!

  • Font activation & deactivation (no need to launch FontBook anymore, hurray)
  • Persistent settings across app launches (Don’t know why this wasn’t included before and can’t think of an excuse. Maybe because errrm… the, you know… errrm… Nope got nothing.)
  • Added a User fonts collection, which shows the active fonts not in system locations
  • Fixed font sorting in collections, because a b c d is better than b d c a
  • Fixed dragging app window to a split view space
  • Fixed outline color for missing characters
  • Fixed crash when loading characters of certain formatted fonts

Typeface v1.1.1 2016-02-26

Wax on Wax off

A quick maintenance release to polish it all up a bit.

  • Made fox icon a bit more friendly, I swear she’s a good girl!
  • Fixed fuzzy fox icon on retina screens when no fonts are found
  • Fixed incorrectly positioned previews when using Typeface on a non-retina external screen connected to retina MacBook, thanks for reporting :)
  • Improved speed of loading large directories and added a cancel button for the impatient
  • Fixed greyed-out display options icon after loading directories
  • Fixed crash when removing duplicated fonts from collections
  • Fixed crash when loading a directory without permission

Typeface v1.1.0 2016-02-02

Collectors edition

The first BIG update for Typeface, with awesome new features!

  • Font Book collection integration. That’s right. Font. Book. Collections.
  • A streamlined font selection & review workflow: 1) Browse your catalog and drag candidate fonts you like into the Quick Collection 2) Refine the selection by eliminating fonts 3) Only the best font survives
  • T r a c k i n g support (hold down the Command button on your keyboard and s p a c e your letters like an astronaut)
  • Decreased loading times of System fonts and Directory fonts
  • Improved speed of “Hide Fonts Missing Glyphs” setting
  • Keep scroll position when switching source (System/Directory/Quick Collection)
  • Removed the Glyphs tab as it turned out to be confusing
  • Fixed rendering glitch when quickly changing size after switching source
  • Fixed ‘No fonts found’ theming when in Night mode. Sorry for the blinded eyes
  • Fixed a one-in-a-million stability issue, hurray!
  • Fixed a bug nobody has ever discovered, nor will anyone ever know about 8-)

Typeface v1.0.1 2015-12-17

A Quicky

  • Fixed inactive menu items on app start

Typeface v1.0.0 2015-12-10

The Original

  • First version of Typeface!
  • Perfectly rendered previews from installed fonts or fonts in a directory
  • Custom preview text & size that let you view the fonts the way you want
  • List & grid overviews, focused on your collection
  • Revealing all the little differences with font compare
  • Unicode characters support
  • Font glyphs grid
  • Night mode
  • Outlined previews
  • Metrics overlay
  • Standard & discretionary ligatures