Frequently asked questions


Which macOS versions are supported?
Typeface supports OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan and macOS 10.12 Sierra.
Why are there no fonts found?
First of all, you need to make sure there are fonts installed in Font Book. These fonts will be visible when you choose the system icon. If you choose the directory icon, make sure the chosen directory (or any of its subfolders) contains fonts in one of the supported formats. Finally check if the search filter is active, by clicking on the magnify icon in the toolbar.
What fonts are supported by typeface?
The following file types are supported: *.ttf, *.otf, *.dfont, *.ttc.
I chose grid view from the toolbar, why is there still a single column visible?
In order to view multiple columns, the window should be large enough for multiple previews to fit next to each other. Try to enlarge the window, or shrink the preview size with the slider in the toolbar
What does ‘Hide fonts missing glyphs’ do?
This option hides fonts from the overview that don’t contain (some of) the characters of the preview Text Field. (For example a font like Apple Braille does not contain Latin Letters). By default these characters will be greyed out in the preview, but when you select this option, the entire preview will be hidden from the overview. This way you can quickly filter out fonts that do not contain the characters you need.
How can I change the font tracking?
Hold down the command key and pinch in and out to adjust the font tracking, or use the slider in the toolbar.
How do I import my fonts?
You don’t need to import any fonts. Typeface is designed to be a lightweight and fast font viewer, with integrated font manager capabilities. In the system tab all your installed (and visible) fonts from Font Book are shown. Choose the directory tab to view fonts stored in a directory on you Mac.
How can I export my fonts to PDF?
Exporting to PDF works through the print panel. Choose File > Print… from the main menu. Change the settings however you like (paper, point size, tracking etc.) and click the PDF dropdown button in the lower left-hand corner of the print panel. This will give you options to save the PDF or directly share it with mail or messages.
The app won’t launch or says it’s damaged.
Every now and then Apple renews the certificates that are used to sign apps and their receipts. This renewal can cause some apps to appear “damaged”. A simple solution is to just restart your Mac, such that the new certificate is used when you start the app again. The app might prompt you for your Apple ID credentials, to verify with the App Store that you bought the app. If you update to OSX v10.11.2 this issue is resolved as well.

Font compare

How does font compare work?
Choose a font you want to compare and click on the preview to go to the detail view of that font. Next click on the AB button in the upper right corner of the detail view. This will make the preview turn red and the compare toolbar will be shown. Go back to the overview to view the overlay on the other font previews. You can quickly toggle the overlay by clicking the AB button in the compare toolbar on the left.

Quick Collection

How do I use the Quick Collection?
While you’re searching for the perfect font, you can add candidate fonts to the Quick Collection. This flexible collection is your temporary work area. If you think you have collected enough candidates, you can view the Quick Collection and further review your choices. If you don’t like a picked font, you can remove it again by dragging it outside the window. This way you can easily compare fonts and choose the one that suits your needs best.
How do I save the Quick Collection?
When you close the app, Typeface will ask if you want to save the Quick Collection. Note that fonts from a directory cannot be stored in a Font Book collection. Once saved you can find the collection in the Font Book collections menu by clicking on the system tab.

Font Book Collections

How do I view a Font Book collection?
Click on the system icon with the little dropdown arrow. Choose a collection from the list.
How do I add a font to a Font Book collection?
Right click on a font preview and choose Add to Collection.
How do I remove a font from a Font Book collection?
Go to the specific font collection and drag the font outside the window. When you let go the font will be removed from the collection.
How do I rename/add/remove Font Book collections?
Click on the system icon with the little dropdown arrow. Choose Manage… to open a new window in which you can rename, add and remove Font Book collections.
Where are collections stored?
Collections are stored per user in the ~/Library/FontCollections/ directory. Font Book manages these collections, don’t edit them by hand. You can use these collections system wide in apps that support the Font Manager Panel (sometimes opened by pressing CMD-T)
Why can’t I add fonts from a directory to a Font Book collection?
Only installed fonts are supported in Font Book collections. Otherwise Font Book does not know where it can find the font file.
I added a font to a collection, but it is not visible… What is going on?
Font Book collections are weird :( There are two lists behind the scenes in a collection: an “included” list and an “excluded” list. When you delete a font from a collection in Font Book or the system wide Font Panel, that font will be added to the “excluded” list. This means that that font will be removed permanently from that collection, since the “excluded” list takes precedence over the “included” list. It is not possible to re-add the font to the collection. Typeface thinks this is strange and implements removal in a different way: when you delete a font from a collection in Typeface, it will be removed from the “included” list. That means you can re-add the font later. If you encounter such an invisible font, your best bet is to create a new collection.

Font Activation

How does font activation work?
In order to use a font in an application it should be active first. Open a directory with fonts in Typeface and notice the greyed out activation indicators next to each font name. Right click on a font you want to use in a different application and choose “Activate”, this will mark the font active (blue indicator) and make it visible in the System tab. It is recommended to have not too many fonts activated at once, as it will degrade the performance of OS X. Make sure to deactivate some fonts you don’t use often.
Where are activated fonts stored?
Typeface will activate your fonts in-place. This means your fonts won’t get copied or moved around on your Mac, but stay where they are.
Where can I find the fonts from the System tab?
The system tab shows all your activated fonts that can be used in other applications. This includes the fonts you’ve activated with Typeface and the fonts from the following directories: ~/Library/Fonts/ (user fonts, only visible to you), /Library/Fonts (computer fonts, visible to all users of your Mac), /System/Library/Fonts/ (protected system fonts). Note that you can deactivate the fonts in the user and computer fonts directories, but this is not recommended.
Why can’t I deactivate a font?
The font you want to deactivate is probably a System font, which Typeface protects from deactivation. These fonts are required by OS X or some other apps and should stay active.
Previously deactivated fonts show up as activated fonts again, what’s happening?
If you manually copy or move font files into one of the OS X font directories, all the fonts that were previously deactivated in that directory will be activated again. It is recommended to leave those directories alone and exclusively use Typeface for activating and deactivating, to prevent this from happening.
What are conflicts?
Fonts are referred to by their Post Script name. If multiple (active) fonts have the same name, the system does not know which font to pick. To prevent these conflicts, Typeface offers to deactivate other fonts with the same name first, before you can activate the new fonts. Note that Typeface will protect System fonts, which means that you cannot activate fonts that create conflicts with System fonts.

Keyboard shortcuts

The following keyboard shortcuts can speedup your workflow:

typeface keyboard shortcuts

More info, requests or found bugs

Shoot me a message

If you have any questions, feature requests or bug reports, you can use the support panel in the typeface app. Just go to Help > Support in the main menu and follow the on-screen instructions. Of course you can also send me an e-mail at hello@typefaceapp.com or say hi on Twitter.