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Printer's Apprentice

Type of Program: Font Manager
Supported Platforms: Windows 95/98 or NT
Company Name: Lose Your Mind Development
Version: 7.11
Price: $25 U.S. for online delivery
Installed Size: 1.5 MB


Since I do webdesign professionally, I have 488 fonts installed on my system. I have never tried a font manager before. I was hoping to find a way to take some of the load off my system, but still keep track of my fonts.

The download and install was uneventful. Once installed, the software will scan the fonts installed on your system and then open to a screen divided into halves horizontally. The left hand side displays three tabs: Installed fonts, uninstalled fonts, and both. The right hand side also displays three tabs: A sample text, keyboard placement, and True Type information.

The information displayed is interesting: The keyboard placement tab is very useful for dingbat fonts (those fonts that aren't letters, but designs/decorations). The keyboard placement tab will show you where on the keyboard which design/decoration is located. The TrueType information tab will tell you who holds the copyright on that particular font, whether it's freeware or shareware, and in some cases, the name of the fontographer used to create the font.

Printer's Apprentice will display not only the fonts currently installed on your system, but fonts you keep on floppy disks or CD-ROM. It will also install and uninstall fonts, as well as show you the Windows Registry entries for each font and allow you to edit the registry. The program will allow you to print inventory sheets, keyboard layouts, characters, specimen sheets of fonts, with customizable options, like headers, point sizes, etc., even for fonts which are not installed on your computer, but stored on CD-ROM, floppy disks, etc.

The shareware download is fully functional for 15 days. Printer's Apprentice is a very useful application, and Lose Your Mind Development, as a company, seems customer-oriented.

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Reviewed by Angelene

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