Change fonts in Omnigraffle

Say goodbye to struggling with finicky font pickers. With Font Switch you can change fonts in Omnigraffle directly from Typeface.


Text layers (multiple). Select one or more text layers or groups. Then drag a font from Typeface to your design document.


macOS 10.12+
Omnigraffle 7+
Set Drag and Drop to Prefer font switch in Settings


Typeface makes the targeted font automatically available to Omnigraffle. The font will be temporarily activated, which means that it will be deactivated when you close Typeface (depending on your current settings). This allows you to freely try and switch fonts and you don't have to worry about cleaning up later.

If you want to keep the font persistently activated, you can click on the activation indicator to deactivate the font. Then click it once more to persistently activate the font.

Example: Switching fonts in Sketch

Initial setup

Prefer font switch

When dragging fonts to external apps Typeface can either export font files or switch the selected font in your document. Some applications, such as Omnigraffle, try to accept the exported fonts instead of using Font Switch.

To make sure Typeface will use Font Switch for Omnigraffle choose Typeface > Settings from the main menu and set Drag and Drop to Prefer font switch. Whenever you want to export font files to Finder hold down Command before starting a drag.

Drag and drop a font from Typeface to Omnigraffle

When you drag a font to Omnigraffle Typeface will check if it has the necessary permission to switch fonts. The following steps guide you through setting these permissions. If you've already given permission the font of the currently selected text in Omnigraffle will be changed right away.

Allow Typeface to control other apps

The first time you're using Typeface to switch fonts a file access dialog may show up, which asks for permission to communicate with other apps. The correct folder is already preselected, choose Allow to give Typeface access. This has to be done only once. If you have previously given Typeface access you don't have to give access again and the dialog will not show up.

Allow Typeface to communicate with other apps

Allow Typeface to change fonts in Omnigraffle

Security restrictions in macOS prevent communication between apps by default. A dialog to request permission will automatically show up. Choose OK to give Typeface access. This has to be done once for every app you want to switch fonts in. After giving permission the dialog will not show up anymore for Omnigraffle and Typeface will continue to be able to switch fonts.

Allow Typeface to communicate with other apps

All set!

After following these steps you're ready to switch fonts in Omnigraffle. You can freely drag fonts to your documents and Typeface takes care of activation and changing the selected font.

Restoring permissions

If you aren't able to switch fonts make sure the macOS automation permissions for Typeface are enabled. To see if Typeface is allowed to change fonts in Omnigraffle follow these steps:

  1. Open System Settings
  2. Choose Privacy & Security
  3. Choose Automation from the list on the right
  4. Enable the Omnigraffle checkbox underneath Typeface

If the checkbox is not available just drag and drop a font to Omnigraffle. The automation permission request should pop up automatically.

Allow Typeface to communicate with other apps
Allow Typeface to communicate with other apps