All apps - consistent font menus and previews

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Current Font List Problems/Inconsistencies + Solutions:

NUMBER OF FONTS DISPLAYED:
Premiere Pro (PP) & AE: 16 & 19 (too few!)
Photoshop: 40 (adequate)
Illustrator: auto-maximizing (displays as many fonts as screen supports, 50 on a 1920x1080 monitor)
SOLUTION: Make all font lists auto-maximizing like Illustrator!

FONT PREVIEWS:
PP: Yes (6 user selected characters previewed next to font names)
AE: No previews
Photoshop: Yes ('Sample' displayed in each font, but too small for comfortable viewing)
Illustrator: Yes (Each font name is displayed in actual font, but this makes it inconvenient to know the name of 'Dingbat' fonts.)
SOLUTION: Make all font lists display font names, with 'Sample' displayed in the actual fonts to the right. When users select any text, replace 'Sample' with the first 1-30 selected characters for instant previewing in all available fonts (e.g. selecting '&' would display '&' in all available fonts for easy comparison). Make font lists resizable with a zoom bar at top of list to ensure comfortable viewing for everyone.

SCROLL BAR:
PP & AE: Yes
Photoshop: Yes (perfect size and color scheme for easy visibility)
Illustrator: No (current scrolling method is frustratingly slow!)
SOLUTION: Add a Photoshop style scroll bar to each font list for best visibility/usability.

FONT SELECTING WITH ARROW KEYS
PP & AE: Yes, in both the font fields and font lists
Photoshop & Illustrator: Only from the font fields. Highlighting fonts with the arrow keys in the font lists doesn't result in font selection.
SOLUTION: Allow PREVIEWING of fonts by arrow-keying up/down in font fields and font lists in all CS programs. I emphasize 'previewing' instead of 'selecting', since previewing fonts would avoid problem of unnecessary undos being created for each font visualized with the arrow keys.

CS programs are all part of the same family, and should therefore behave as such with consistently intelligent tools.
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Pierre Louis Beranek

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  • baffled at so many inconsistencies!

Posted 5 years ago

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