FontExplorer X Pro 3.0
Posted 15 June 2011 - 04:31 PM
LFEX is the new ATM Deluxe of the professional world. Couldn't live without it now within the industry. Was a huge fan in its free v1.5 days (when I was still craving for the old OS8 / OS9 days of ATM Deluxe / Type Reunion's simplcity; by the time it got to v2.5 the war was over with the other two as far as I was concerned.
Bravo LinoType. You listened to what we wanted and there's your reward. The 5-mice rating just solidifies the fact it's now the market leader, and rightly so.
The only little thing I'd still like to see added is an old ATM Type Reunion feature whereby you've the option of the last five fonts you used are remembered and are placed temporarily at the top of the Fonts list in your design apps, above everything else. Dead handy when you're using a specific family or two and have to scroll down for every new weight reqd.
This post has been edited by DVA_Airwolf: 15 June 2011 - 04:31 PM
Posted 16 June 2011 - 01:28 AM
Posted 01 August 2011 - 01:29 PM
I like this review, but note that there is NO information on FEX website (linotype) about compatibility with Lion. Nothing. And further, their site, as opposed to the MW review here, says compatibility is up to 10.6, they say nothing about Lioin.
I have been reading the threads, as I'm still on 10.6 and waiting for a dot release or two, for Lion upgrade. But I'm a designer and without a font management program, no way am I using Lion. I know FAP is compatible now.
However, FAP screws up my system fonts, and does not remember my choices for them to NOT control system fonts, and it messes up my calendar dock icon, my Mail list of unread messages in left column, and other things like Dashboard on occasion. That was the whole reason I dumped FAP two systems ago--you'd think they'd fix this by now.
Plus with a superior UI, FontExplorer deserves a good review. The downside and cons, though, are: Horrible update timing--they take forever to update product. They don't have any forums for general support, you have to write them or call them. And currently, no actual proof it is okay with Lion. In fact, pretty sure if you use Adobe CS, you're screwed right now for font management for Font Explorer.
Have sent a question to Linotype, who knows how long they'll take to respond. Til then, Buyer BEWARE of this otherwise great software, if you're on Lion.
Posted 04 June 2012 - 04:53 AM
Great 'ratings' from all the biased magazines. Install this thing and it is up to YOU, the user, to figure it all out. No manual, no instructions, NOTHING!!
God help you if you happen to be managing more than 50 fonts - you are seriously screwed.