I’ve just come across Linotype’s new FontExplorer X, another font management application. Hmm, very intriguing that it’s coming from a foundry. Could this finally replace the stagnant Suitcase on my computer? Here is a comparison chart with other popular font apps. Simple. Smart. Free. Well, the price is definitely right, and it looks very promising. I also like that it was made by a foundry. Not many companies are better suited to understand a user’s font needs. The problem is it takes so damn long to try switching over to a new font application, only to have it potentially crap out on you. I made that mistake (led by my blind faith in Apple) with Font Book. Has anyone put FontExplorer X through its paces yet?
After thinking about this more, something dawned on me. So the app (and the store functionality) borrow heavily from a path already tread by iTunes. As of right now, LinoType only offers their fonts. Soooo, connecting the dots, they could eventually make their app open to other font vendors and foundries. Furthermore, like iTunes, find a way to add a decent DRM or licensing scheme to fonts. Why? To bring down the font prices and help lessen piracy. Perhaps a different way to use fonts entirely could be formulated, not unlike Rights Managed stock photography. This could also open the doors to getting a larger selection of fonts available for websites. Ok, I know I am getting way ahead of myself, especially for an app only in beta, but damn, a boy can dream.