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Built-in font-sampling method System 10.7
Mac OS X now has a very basic, built-in font sampler, at least as of 10.7.3. If you don't care about having customized sample text, Font Book can do it without any add-ons.

Select the desired fonts in Font Book, choose Print from the File menu, and choose "Font Book" in the pull-down menu for printing options near the bottom of the dialog (the one that also says Layout, Paper Handling, etc.). If you don't see this menu, click on Show Details to display it.

You'll have the ability to choose from among three reports: Catalog (upper case, lower case and numbers, optionally grouped by font family and in a size of your choosing), Repertoire (a chart of every character that each font can print, also in a size of your choosing), and Waterfall (font details and the same basic sample in increasing font sizes of your choosing; seemingly one font style per page).

[kirkmc adds: I don't know when this was added, but this is quite nice. For most people, this will be more than enough. Note that this does not work with Mountain Lion; the Print command is dimmed when you select fonts.]
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Built-in font-sampling method
Authored by: frank_martin on Jul 10, '12 08:31:01AM

This is also available in OS X 10.6.8.



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Built-in font-sampling method
Authored by: Silasthemac on Jul 10, '12 08:46:22AM

10.5.8 too



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Built-in font-sampling method
Authored by: MacHelpDesk on Jul 10, '12 10:31:18AM

Also works with 10.5.8, but not 10.4.11.



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Built-in font-sampling method
Authored by: hoosker on Jul 11, '12 12:26:16PM

Unfortunately this only works for fonts you have installed. I have a ton of fonts that I would like to see what they look like without having to install all of them!



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Built-in font-sampling method
Authored by: petersconsult on Jul 13, '12 01:51:55AM

You can always 'QuickLook' preview them; click once on the font in Finder, and hit the spacebar (10.5.x and above)
Hope this helps,
Peter



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Built-in font-sampling method
Authored by: hoosker on Jul 13, '12 07:11:10AM

True, but I want to print a "report" of all the fonts I have to keep as a reference (even if I just print to pdf) as the OP explained. I do not know of a free method without buying separate software.



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Built-in font-sampling method
Authored by: sandman619 on Jul 29, '12 01:57:45AM


Mmmmm install the fonts, create the font sample & remove those you don't want. Fonts are easy to install & just as easy to remove. Low cost, just time

Cheers !



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Built-in font-sampling method
Authored by: broomdodger on Jul 13, '12 09:32:24AM

Mac OS X 10.2 or later, this FREE program, FontDoc, has worked great:

http://www.integrity.com/homes/tomandkaren/FontDoc/

Quote from website:

The document this program produces is a plain old Rich Text document full of all your fonts. Save it, print it, or just gaze at it rapturously. Whatever. The possibilities are undoubtedly endless.

Edited on Jul 13, '12 09:34:44AM by broomdodger



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Built-in font-sampling method
Authored by: Kissamo on Jul 17, '12 06:12:20AM

I thought this sounded like a great tool since I would like to expand my font repertoire for creative projects. However the end result, although behaving well for most fonts, for many others, they are appearing as symbols and in many, many cases as Asian-like symbols instead of letters. I'm running Lion 10.7.4.

Any idea why, or how to correct this? Thanks.



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Modify built-in font-sampling method
Authored by: whome on Jul 18, '12 11:24:23PM

Easy as pie - insert your own text.

Or just use this to get an idea of what's available -

Itrntinliztin

NB: Furthermore specialized letters as may be found and inserted via Character Palette (under the flag menu) will not make it through Macworld's site. Also, if you save what's there now you can as easily revert to original later on.

Edited on Jul 18, '12 11:47:38PM by whome



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Modify built-in font-sampling method
Authored by: Kissamo on Jul 19, '12 06:12:06AM

Thanks whome, but I should have prefaced my question with the fact this was my very first post. The "easy as pie" part of your reply had my hopes up that I would be able to figure it out. Sadly, not the case...



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Authored by: whome on Jul 19, '12 09:30:09AM

Never mind, let's go. You know that Font Book will open upon double clicking the name of any of your font files in the finder.

Font Book's window lists all your installed fonts in its central column while the font you clicked is displayed formatting a standard sample text in the space on the right. You can enlarge it considerably via the Size box in the upper right corner.

The sample text in that window can be overwritten:

Copy my text - "Itrntinliztin" by double-clicking it and hitting command - c.

Click Font Book's sample text, make sure the cursor is blinking right inside and hit command - a, then command - v.

(1) You should now see "Itrntinliztin" displayed instead of what was there before.

(2) Click on any font's name in the middle column to see "Itrntinliztin" displayed with that font's typeface in the right hand box.

If any of the letters in "Itrntinliztin" should not appear now, this is Font Book's way of telling you that the font you selected is missing this letter. Select another font.

You can enlarge its display via the Size box in the upper right corner.

(3) Click inside that text again, make sure the cursor is blinking right inside and hit command - a. Type any text you like and follow up with (2).

Next:

(4) Find and click Character Palette under the Finder's Flag menu.

(If it's not installed on your machine check System Preferences UN-Flag icon in the upper row. Go to tab Sources and place a hook with "Show sources in menu bar". Help will also tell you how to display it.)

Once it opens explore all its glyphs and letters.

With your cursor still awaiting entry inside Font Book's sample window, double click on any item you like in Character Palette to have it appear in Font Book's sample window, ready to be reformatted or printed (as described in magnamous' original hint).

Enjoy!



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Modify built-in font-sampling method
Authored by: Kissamo on Jul 19, '12 10:21:55AM

Thanks so much for the detailed instructions. I got to #4 so definitely progress. Got lost in the Character Palette/Flag menu, but still can see more fonts than I originally could. Thanks!



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Modify built-in font-sampling method
Authored by: whome on Jul 19, '12 11:26:56AM

Great Kissamo, ready?

Go to Apple Menu and select System Preferences. The window's upper row lets you select Language and Text, once there select the tab Input Sources. First off, turn Keyboard & Character Viewer on, next add the hook on Show Input in menu bar. Done.

Exit System Preferences, click your desktop and you're in Finder. Next to the Menu bar's Date you should see a US flag and this is your Flag menu. Its 3rd item might be Show Character Viewer which is what you want. From here you're on sacred ground.

And don't neglect the Asian fonts. Cheers!



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Authored by: Kissamo on Jul 19, '12 12:11:59PM

Wow...you are definitely patient. Got it now...so thanks so much for sticking with my questions and explaining it so well!



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Built-in font-sampling method
Authored by: magnamous on Jul 12, '13 10:19:41PM

Works again in Mountain Lion, at least in 10.8.4.



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