Comparing fonts in your collection is one of the primary functions of your font manager. The Compare View in FontAgent® displays sample text in multiple fonts for easy comparison.

After you select fonts or sets, the Compare View displays them in the text string, size and colors that you specify.

Image of font samples appearing on colorful wooden sign planks against a blue water background

Displaying the Compare View

To discover the differences in your type collection, select the fonts you want to compare in FontAgent’s top pane, and then select the Compare tab in the bottom pane. To compare different fonts, simply select them in the top pane.

Screenshot of FontAgent's List View syncing with its Compare View

Streamline the font selection process with the Compare View in FontAgent

Activating Fonts

To activate a font shown in the Compare View, slide its bright-green, oval-shaped, activation switch to the right. The font will then be available for use in applications. To deactivate the font, slide the switch to the left.

Uses of the Compare View

The Compare View is a great tool for:

  • Comparing fonts selected for use in a project side-by-side
  • Viewing the various members of font families simultaneously
  • Comparing typefaces as alternative logo choices
  • Evaluating foreground and background colors for type treatments
  • Producing sample sheets for sharing with clients, design teams and service bureaus

Creating Font Sample Sheets

To create a sample sheet of the Compare View’s current contents, click the printer icon that appears at the lower-right of the view.

Screenshot of text controls for FontAgent's Compare View

FontAgent then displays a Print dialog so you can produce a PDF or hardcopy sample sheet like the one shown below.

Screenshot of a sample sScreenshot of a sample sheet in FontAgent's Compare View displaying the same text string in a variety of fonts

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