FontAgent reveals a treasure trove of metadata, metrics and descriptive details about your fonts. And it makes all that data available for you to search, sort and explore as you select fonts and create criteria for Smart Sets — on both Mac and Windows platforms.

The information that FontAgent places at your fingertips is derived from a variety of sources that include:

  • Font name, family and style information from font files
  • Digital font metrics and style information from font files
  • Descriptive data provided by font designers and foundries in font files
  • Font file name, format, size and path in the operating system
  • Font activation status and metrics calculated by FontAgent
  • Comments and ratings that you enter into FontAgent over time
  • Tags and keywords provided by you and others that enable you to organize and search your fonts

All this font information appears in various locations in the FontAgent interface. But most of it also appears the Properties Inspector in FontAgent’s right sidebar, which you can show and hide easily.

FontAgent for Mac

Click the rightmost button in the FontAgent top toolbar

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FontAgent for Windows

Click Ctrl-R to display and hide the Properties Sidebar

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Screenshot of FontAgent for Mac Properties Sidebar that shows descriptors, metrics and metadata for fonts

Font and Style Names

Font Name
The name of the font as specified by the font’s designer.

The font family name specified by the font’s designer. Some designers create new family names for various weights, styles and widths, but some designers don’t. FontAgent displays whatever value is provided by the designer of each font file.

The style of the font, for example Roman, Italic, Light, Medium, Bold, Black, Heavy as provided by the font designer.

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Font Metrics

A numeric value provided by the font designer to describe the thickness of the stroke widths of the font style. Regular and roman styles have a value of zero, heavier strokes have positive values, and thinner strokes have negative values.

A numeric value provided by the font designer to describe the width of the characters in the font style. Regular widths have a zero value. Wider, extended styles have positive values, and compressed styles have negative values. Available on Mac only.

A numeric value provided by the font designer to describe the slant of the font style. Regular styles have a zero value, italic styles that lean to the right have a positive value, and styles that lean left have a negative value. Available on Mac only.

Summary characteristics of the selected font as provided by the operating system. Available on Mac only.

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Font Descriptors

Font Rating
Your rating of the font on a five-star scale. Click a star to change the rating.

The foundry or publisher of the font as specified in the font file by the foundry.

Copyright information claimed specified by the font’s designer or foundry.

Trademark claims made by the font’s designer or foundry.

Optional descriptive information provided by the font’s designer or foundry.

The designer of the font as specified in the font file.

A web URL specified by the font foundry for additional web-based information about the font.

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Tags and Comments

Keywords assigned by you or font administrators in your organization to classify and organize and search your fonts. For more details on powerful uses of tags, visit here.

Descriptive notes that you enter into FontAgent. Use comments to describe projects, usage tips, preferred uses, etc. Comments appear in the Tags and Comments View in the bottom pane of FontAgent’s main window.

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Font File Properties

Font File
The name of the Mac or Windows file containing the font.

The format of the font file (e.g., OpenType, TrueType) and the type of font outlines (e.g., TrueType, PostScript) it contains.

Last Modified
The timestamp of the last time the font file was modified by the operating system.

The version number of the font specified by the font’s designer.

The size of the font file in bytes.

The path showing where the font file is stored in the FontAgent font archive. To open the folder in the file system containing the font file, click the right-arrow button below the path name. In some enterprise FontAgent installations, file paths do not appear.

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Activation Status

If the font is activated, this field displays YES.

If the font has been auto-activated by an application, this field displays YES.

The number of times the font has been activated in FontAgent.

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