Manageable Font Library Tool

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Feature request, please consider making a Font Library manager so that for people like myself who has 6000 fonts  we can break fonts out into name-able libraries and then give us the ability to load particular libraries, just like brushes. Thanks 
Example:
  • T Shirt Design Fonts
  • Poster Fonts
  • Book Writing
  • Magazine Illustration Fonts
etc etc 
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Ra Conrad

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Warren Heaton

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It would be great if Adobe had a font management utility as part of Creative Cloud.

Right now, you can use Apple Font Book (included with macOS), Extensis Suitcase Fusion or Extensis Type Server.

There are a few other font management utilities out there, I just haven’t used them.

Of course, a limited version of TypeKit is included with Creative Cloud that allows for 100 TypeKit fonts to be active, but that’s not what you’re looking for.
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Ra Conrad

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I am using Windows.. I'd like to manage fonts right in Photoshop, like brushes. It's interesting that on many levels Photoshop has come light years ahead of the game and in others areas I wonder what the hold up is... It probably has something to do with the way Photoshop directly accesses the Windows fonts.. but I'm sure I am not the only one that has thousands of fonts.. and seriously, 6000 fonts takes up to 5GB and growing memory when photoshop is being used. It's crippling my workflow.
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OK. Crippling is your key word here:  When you load 1000's of fonts on Windows, and then begin Windows for the day, it will take much longer to load because of the font library. Likewise, Photoshop would take much longer to load with your crippling 6000 font library.  Fonts take lots of memory.  So the key here is "How much memory will you have left over after if you loaded your 6000 fonts? and how much will you have left for your work?"   This is what Adobe is not wanting. Complaints.  They would have complaints from both users:  those who want more memory, and those who want more fonts.  

Nice that you want flexibility for Tshirt design but that only needs one or two fonts and you don't need to load 6000 fonts for that, even if you have 6000 from a software package, doesn't mean you need to load all of them. In the days with XP there was a fast rule among us engineers, never load fonts because they clog memory and the drive too.  Same goes for too many photos.   I have my photos on my own external drive, not a cloud which can be hacked easily.  Too many fonts and photos will seize the drive.  I don't abuse my PC.  I only need a few fonts.   Few fonts came with Photoshop are known as Vector fonts which are easily loaded and will stay intact with most graphics.  Deal with that.  There's a lot of them.   I only loaded a few more but I don't want my Adobe hung up for more than a minute while it's finding fonts on the drive and trying to buffer them onto the screen.   Too much buffering and dead sectors as a result an crash a drive.   Go along with your original Windows plan and nothing will go wrong.   

Steve Lehman, MS/mcse engineeer  



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Warren Heaton

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Yes, loading thousands of fonts, let alone hundreds, is going to slow your system down, it will slow down application launch time and it will slow down the font pop-up menu in just about every application (Adobe or otherwise).  The current and only solution is to run a font management utility that allows you to enable and disable fonts as needed.  Suitcase has been to go to utility for decades and is cross-platform.    Some font foundries even include a font management utility with their fonts.  If not running a font management utility, you have to manually disable the fonts by moving them out of the Fonts folder for your OS and the installing them later as needed.
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Again, a font management utility for non-Adobe TypeKit fonts would be great to have.  I'd vote for it!  In the meantime, all we have built-in is font filtering.