Tag Archives: FontBook app

10 New Things About FontBook 3.0

We hope you’ve had as much fun as we have playing with the new version of FontBook this week. Thanks for making it the #2 reference app in the App Store within 24 hours of release!

Welcome to new users of the app. If you’ve been loving FontBook for awhile, here’s a summary the goodies we added this go ’round:

  1. FontBook is now universal and runs on iPad 2 (and later), iPad Mini, iPhone 4 (and later) and iPod touch (4th gen. and later)
  2. Adapted user interface for iPhone
  3. Favorites and preferences sync between devices via iCloud
  4. New font class “Non-Western”
  5. 150 new font families with more than 1800 fonts
  6. 16 new type foundries
  7. New app icon
  8. iPhone only: search filters (class, designer, year, foundry)
  9. iPhone only: customizable one-liner sample text
  10. iPhone only: result pages as list view

Left: The FontBook App homepage offers the familiar access to the world of type: class, designer, year, foundry and usage. Right: Filters supply even more precise search results, for example “All geometric Sans typefaces from Font Bureau, please!”


Left: One of four type sample pages of a selected type family, in this case the sans serif Nobel. Right: All typefaces marked as favorites at a single glance, with editable sample text.

Happy Birthday FontBook: Thank YOU

On the eve of FontBook App for iPad’s first birthday, we can’t wrap up this week’s series without extending a big THANK YOU to the over 25,000 (that’s 50,000 font-ogling eyeballs) of you who have downloaded the app in the last year. Now close your eyes, make a wish, and tell us in the comments what you’d like to see in FontBook’s future!

Happy Birthday FontBook: Watching Our Baby Grow

Obviously Saturday’s birthday is a huge milestone for FontBook. But do you recall that the FontBook app grew up quite a bit in its first year?

Around five months, FontBook 2.0 emerged, adding 250 new families, a news stream, automatic updates, better bookmarking and more. In April, with the release of the Retina Display iPad, FontBook got a shiny new look. We’ve loved watching our baby change over the past 12 months. We hope you have too!

Happy Birthday FontBook: What Do You Use FontBook For?

As we celebrate FontBook‘s birthday this week, we want to hear from you. Today’s question: what do you mostly use the FontBook app for iPad for?

Something else? Tell us in the comments.

Celebrating a Year FontBook App for iPad!


Believe it or not, the FontBook App for iPad is turning 1 this Saturday! Stay tuned to the blog this week as we look back at a terrific year (and maybe eat some cake).

Using FontBook to Identify Type

It’s hard to believe that the FontBook app for iPad has been out for almost two months. While we’re glad to imagine all the ways it will be used out in the wild, we’re even more excited to hear them firsthand.

Type designer/engineer Dan Reynolds told us the story this morning of how FontBook helped him pin down a few faces for his talk at ATypI.

I was in a research library here in Germany, the old Prussian state library in central Berlin. I needed to identify some typefaces in a few reference books from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. The library was too dark to take clear pictures, and you really aren’t allowed to photograph in there anyway. So I pulled out my iPad, and set a line of text in FontBook, comparing a bunch of different fonts. The three-fonts-at a time Compare screen is my favorite feature in the whole app. I was able to find everything out that I needed (including, for instance, whether one book was set in Linotype Times, Monotype Times New Roman, or Typoart’s Timeless).

We’re glad to have helped make it possible.

Has the FontBook app helped you find something you’re looking for?

Let us know in the comments!

FontShop Friday Five: Resources & Revisiting

We know you’re busy and the Internet is a crowded place, so we’ll try to give you a little reminder on Fridays of what’s going on out there. Below please find five recent FontShop-related threads that you may have missed.

Brush Up with our Education Resources

Just in time for the start of the school year, we’ve updated our education library with everything you wanted to know about webfonts and how licensing works.

New Foundry & New Fonts in Latest Newsletter

Did you miss our latest newsletter on Wednesday? Read it here. Then check out our new foundry, Canada Type, as well as the great new selections from Sudtipos and Three Islands Press. You can subscribe to newsletters on this page to get this font delight in your inbox twice a month.

A New Perspective on FontBook App

Our new type expert explores the FontBook for iPad.

Be There or Be Square

We’re pretty darn excited for our big designer/developer meetup on Wednesday. Are you coming? Can’t make it? What would you ask our panel if you could?

On the Font Feed

Yves Peters highlights two film projects with a focus on type history. Speaking of film, help Yves show Austin what’s up with Trajan in Movie Posters at SXSW 2012.

Friday Five Fonts: Sugar Pie by Sudtipos and Gibson by Canada Type

FontShop Friday Five: Last Chance for Survey, Staff Picks & More App News

We know you’re busy and the Internet is a crowded place, so we’ll try to give you a little reminder on Fridays of what’s going on out there. Below please find five recent FontShop-related threads that you may have missed.

Tell Us What You Think Before The Day ends

Don’t miss out on our 2011 Customer Survey! Click here to take the survey. All those who complete it by tonight at midnight Pacific time will receive a promo code for 20% off at FontShop!

Summer Staff Picks

The gang at our SF office rounds up their font list for July.

All About the App

FontBook is still the buzz in the type world. Check out our special edition newsletter for a walk through, feature highlights, and some nice quotes from the design universe. The FontFeed has an app flavor this week as well, including an interview with the development team.

Behind Compendium

Take a look at some of the OpenType features in this Sudtipos offering.

Win Tickets to TYPO London

TYPO is going home to London this fall and you could too. Check out the new contest online and find out how you can win tickets.

Friday Five Fonts: Gordon Black by Letterbox and Mister K Informal by FontFont

FontBook App – FAQs

UPDATED: November 7, 2013

FontBook 3.0.5 for iPhone and iPad is here and compatible with iOS 7! We answer some of your burning questions below, but feel free to leave more in the comments.

What’s new in version 3.0.5?

  • Improved rendering of special characters
  • “Cancel Search” button added (iPhone only)
  • Support for iOS 7
  • Minor bug fixes
  • New app icon

If I purchase the app, can I use it on both my iPhone and iPad?

Yes, as a universal app, you pay once and you may install it on any of your iOS devices. FontBook runs on iPad 2 (and later), iPad Mini, iPhone 4 (and later) and iPod touch (4th gen. and later)


Is there an Android version of the FontBook?

Not currently. While we are watching the growth of the Android market, we would first like to experience the transition from print to digital FontBook on one platform.

But what about print?

We want to deliver more information than ever before with the new typeface compendium. Note that the App delivers 620,000 font specimens — 19 times more than the printed FontBook 4. With FontBook 4, in 2006, we had to make compromises to host all available typefaces in one volume. For example, we downsized the showing of FF Meta (26 fonts) from three pages in 1998’s FontBook 3 to one page, despite the fact that the family had grown to 300 weights in the meantime. We did that by squeezing the stylistic sets into four lines of sample text — not a very user-friendly compromise. FF Meta is now shown in its entirety. The app also allows you to combine and compare type specimens — completely impossible with previous editions unless you were willing to tear your book apart.

Can I download fonts on my device?

iOS does not support the installation of fonts by the user. However you can download font files that have been purchased on FontShop with mobile Safari once you log into your account from a desktop computer.

Does FontBook contain the actual files of the shown fonts?

No. The FontBook app delivers raster images of typefaces that are generated and stored on a server. FontBook is an online Browser.

Can I use the FontBook app without an internet connection?

The app is primarily an online browsing application and can only display its full content when your device has live internet access through a WiFi/WLAN or 3G mobile connection. However, if you have no online access, you can temporarily switch the “Include online content” setting to “off”. This will enable the app to display a reduced pool of selected content which will work offline. Whenever you do have online access, you can switch back to the full version by switching the “Include online content” setting to “on”.


FontBook is available in the App Store. Learn more at fontbook.com.

The New FontBook Has Arrived!

FontShop is thrilled to announce our new FontBook™ iPad app, the world’s most comprehensive typographic reference tool! Download the app for just $5.99/€4.99 at the iTunes App Store.

Moving the book into the online realm allows us to increase the number of font samples from 32,000 to an astonishing 620,000, while reducing the weight of the book by 80%. Use the FontBook app to look up and view fonts by name, style category, typographical subclassification, designer name, foundry name, year of publication, or by similarity of design. Now typophiles can interact with and compare typefaces on-the-go and with the swipe of a finger.

We can’t wait to share more highlights with you in the coming days — stay tuned to FontBook.com, The FontFeed and the FontShop Blog for inside looks all this month.


Browse by Family

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Combine & Compare Specimens