April 21st, 2021 A Love Letter to Typography

Typeface v3.0

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. 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 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 (CommandT)
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. Settings > 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 Settings > 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. Settings > 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.