For a specific task I want to select a decent font. For that I want to compare the text “E G PM” for all my installed fonts (or even more). Especially the bold face of a font (if it has any) will more likely match my requirements.
A quick visual viewing will probably sort 90% out already, so I was thinking of seeing a list of my string in the different font faces available on my system.
The font viewer/manager I tried are not up for the task. Which app could help me here or how can I quickly solve my problem otherwise?
The apps I tried are:
- fontmatrix (binary from trusty sources installed on bionic)
- version 0.6.0+svn20110930 (0.9.99)
- a bug hinders your configured text to be shown (font name is always shown)
- it does not show the bold face of a font in the list (just regular)
- gnome-specimen (also from trusty)
- you have to add each font face individually (2-3 clicks) to seem them
- you see substituted fonts (if glyph is not in font) without being warned/told
- fontypython crashes at startup
- fontmanager.app is unusable in i3
- text is fixed to “Lazy dog...”
- needs each font selected individually (4 clicks at least)
- has a great browse mode, but in that mode it doesn’t show your own text (only font name)
- gnome-font-viewer can’t set text
- custom text, yes
- shows just regular type face for each font (i.e. not bold or others)
- requires 1 click to see the font
- doesn’t show system fonts(?), only a big selection of downloadables
- horrible user interface
- doesn’t show bold type face (and others) in the list
- makes fonts look ugly (doesn’t antialias or whatnot)
- no list, no bold face
- doesn’t find system fonts itself (select font with “Open...” on a font file)
- doesn’t do lists of fonts
- is the best one so far...
- shows “google fonts” (so many; chances high to find something useable?)
/usr/shareas font directory turns the program slow
- shows custom text for all font faces; easy to scroll
- (clicking the wrong button activates all fonts with no way to return to your selection from before → not a good mechanism to mark fonts for future reference)