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FontExplorer X Pro 5 review: A better way to manage your font collection

Jay J. Nelson | Aug. 10, 2015
Creative professionals must continually update their font management utility to keep up with new technologies and new versions of design apps--that's just a fact of our creative life. FontExplorer X Pro 5 supports all the newest technologies and apps, and runs faster than before while providing smarter organization and new design features.

In the heat of creating a design project or finishing a production job, it's not unusual to need to immediately purchase a font. Rather than heading to a font store's website, buying the font, downloading it, adding it to FontExplorer and then activating it, FontExplorer X Pro 5 links to popular online stores so you can quickly buy and activate fonts. Currently, those include,,, and Membership by Monotype. When you buy a font, FontExplorer installs it and optionally adds it to a new set. And much like iTunes, you can click an arrow next to a font name to see related fonts available in the same font family.

FontExplorer X Pro 5 can act as a client to the new FontExplorer X Server 2 (available as a separate product). When connected, users can display server fonts in local sets, be notified of updates, see deleted fonts, and see detailed paths for fonts in nested folders--along with all the other abilities of FontExplorer X Pro 5. The server administrator can control permissions for each client, including the export of server fonts, font store availability, SkyFonts and Typekit fonts availability, and many other client capabilities.

Bottom line

If you need a font manager, there's nothing better than FontExplorer X Pro 5. Its new speed, Font Tile view, integration with font sale and rental services, and improved organization will make your work easier and more fun. And users of previous versions of FontExplorer require this upgrade to auto-activate fonts in Adobe CC 2015 or QuarkXPress 2015.


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