Maintype Reviews

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Having worked with NexusFont, Fontbase, and pro software like Suitcase Fusion, FontExplorer X Pro, I can say that MainType is an excellent pro-grade font management.

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After using Suitcase for many many years, in 2004 I got frustrated with it's lack of power and went looking for alternatives. That's when I discovered High-Logic's MainType, and I have been a loyal user of High-Logic's MainType (and Font Creator) ever since. MainType has an incredible amount of functionality and customization available. It gives you options for how you want the interface modules displayed and it handles LARGE numbers of typefaces and font families with ease. I am able to keep all my typefaces impeccably organized and am able to create new sets for current jobs and install and uninstall them in an instant. MainType has many features and is a main staple of my design business. It's partly thanks to High-Logic's MainType that I am able to work so quickly. It really allows me to change and install font sets in the blink of an eye without any interruption to, or hesitation from, Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop. If you're not already using MainType, you're missing out. It is absolutely essential. I don't know what I would do without it.

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MainType is a robust font manager that allows one to view, group, install/uninstall (even temporarily!) fonts on the fly, has a registry checker, and a fully customizable interface. My main use for such a program is to be able to search through my library of some 90K fonts (full font samples are viewable of EACH, in lightning speed) and temporarily install fonts to play with while deciding on a final design. This program makes all that as easy as a right-click. Granted, with a font library of this size, the program's initial setup can take a while as it catalogs all the fonts in the directories you've told it to use (and not many people will have as many as I do!) - but once the catalog is built, the program runs swiftly and smoothly. I know people who are far more organized than I who will love this program's ability to tag fonts and group them into user-defined categories also. It's WELL worth the money.

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I've been collecting digital type since if first became available, and to date I've accumulated "36587 fonts, 422 active"; the reason that's in quotes is that it's from a screen cap of the MainType main screen, so it's not a guess, it's a hard count.

I'd tried every font manager that was available for Windows by the end of 2005, when I downloaded the free version of MainType 1.0. _Before _ I'd purchased the full version, I contacted High-Logic by email (12/11/2005) mentioning a minor glitch. Here's the reply I received 12/14/2005:

> Hello Jon,
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> Thanks for your feedback. Sorry it took so long before to respond to your message.
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> I've fixed this bug and will upload a new release later this month. If you can't wait so long, let me know and I'll upload a pre-release for you.
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> Again thanks for your useful feedback; hope to see your order soon ;-)
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> Best regards,
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> Erwin Denissen
> High-Logic Software

This is _before _ I'd paid for the full version. He apologized for taking 3 whole days to get back to me, and when I asked him to make the pre-release available within 5 hours it was out there. I bought my first Pro license that day, and the already excellent program has matured and grown constantly.

I'll let the fact that I've bought every update since then speak for my opinion of the software. I've had extensive communication with Erwin throughout, and he's been just as responsive and helpful as in our first exchange. I'm a long-time hacker myself, with a special interest in GUI design, so I know good work when I see it and use it; and back in prehistoric times I fooled around with command-line software (all that was available) for manipulating and extracting info from both TT and T1 font files, so I fully appreciate a tool that makes all of that simple and straightforward for me.

Fabulous software, great prices, and unsurpassed tech support, from the author of the software himself: what more could you possibly want?

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MainType is a beautifully designed font manager with very flexible customisation options. Users with fewer than 2,500 fonts can use the free version as long as they wish (for non-commercial use).

The Standard version for $49 supports up to 10,000 fonts and will be enough for most users.

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MainType by High-Logic is an essential part of my designer's toolbox. I recommend it to anyone serious about design and illustration. It's powerful and versatile, and it's affordable. Seriously, try it. See for yourself just how beneficial it is to be able to turn on and off fonts with just a click. My typeface library is huge, and it's impeccably organized. MainType keeps that library exactly as I have it, and even auto-updates when I add new fonts.

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