Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Fontbook brings typography reference book to Iphone

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Link to article:
Fontbook, That Weighty Tome of Typography Knowledge, Now Fits in Your Pocket on iPhone

Artists, designers, and typography geeks will be happy to know that the former $99 reference book Fontbook, after a stint as a $4.99 Ipad app, is now available for a mere $.99 for the iPhone. Besides cataloging 37,000 typefaces, the new app also will suggest similar replacements for a desired font and show it "in action".

Link to article: "FontBook, the somewhat epic reference source for typography fans everywhere, today announced a new version of its iOS app that brings the guide to the iPhone for the first time ever. Previously, FontBook was iPad-only, after its release in 2011. FontBook 3.0 also introduces list views, user-changeable font sample text and search filters, among other new features.

The app is obviously a handy tool for designers, as both a pocket reference and a way to carry a complete font resource in your pocket for client meetings, but it’s also a fun app for anyone with an interest in typography. You can find out answers to anything you’ve ever needed to know about type very quickly with the help of the new filters that let you drill down to specifics, and see fonts broken down by use case and genre, as well as view alternatives for your first choice if it’s not available.

I also love that you can throw fonts in a convenient “Favorites” list, which is great for keeping track of ones you find while using the app’s new discovery features but don’t actually have an immediate use for. Also, not surprisingly, the app is actually incredibly good looking, too."

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