Adobe Illustrator 9.0.1 (Media Only) for Windows 26001104E

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Font Peeper: a solution to no font preview in Illustrator?

Jan 2, 2001 (Updated Jan 4, 2001)
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Pros:cheap $19, easy to use interface

Cons:no text comparison, no font bookmarking

Wouldn't it be nice to preview fonts in Illustrator and avoid that nightmare of nested windows?

BACKGROUND:
Adobe technical support said that they don't have a plug-in or upgrade which would allow a user to avoid the awful nested boxes for accessing different fonts. I even asked for a third party vendor recommendation. They did not have any such references. Finally after much badgering, they recommended that I go online and do a search for the recommended terms like 'plug-in' and 'illustrator'. Then Adobe suggested that I put it on the product function 'wish-list' for Illustrator. I politely thanked them and embarked on my mission: I will now try to find the perfect in-program plug-in to preview fonts in Adobe Illustrator. I know it's out there. I used to have it, but I foolishly wrote over my Illus. 8 with Illus. 9 without saving the plug-in.

SPECIFICS:
http://www.anchek.com/fontpeeper/fontpeeper.html
This is particular opinion is the result of one such foray in the wild world of font viewers. I recently tried the free limited period download of Ancheck Multimedia's Font Peeper. It's not the same utility I used before, but it's not bad. It runs separately from Illustrator in its own window, but it lets you scroll through different fonts and compare them.

I had a plug-in for Illustrator that allowed me to preview my text in-program. It was lovely and convenient, but I now I had to scroll through an insane amount of drop down menus just to get to fonts like QuickSilver or any other later-alphabet beauties.

You get a window to type in your text and view it set to bold or italic. I get to see only italics. I am glad that I don't have to reselect italics if I select a different font. A drawback is that multiple versions are not previewed, so you can't compare. You also can't make notes or marked preferred fonts.

I will not buy it because a simple (FREE) solution to previewing fonts is to simply open up the font folder in (c:\) and look at my true type fonts samples (just click on the font name). Then you get to see different versions of your fonts at different points and styles. This program is only slightly better than roaming through the font folder.

FUTURE:
I will continue to search for an in-program font preview for illustrator 9.0. If anyone has suggestions, then please email me. I am going to review Typograph shareware version next.




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