At a Glance
- Lets you compare fonts visually; No installation required
- Can’t view just two or three options; No search function
This free utility lets you compare and contrast different fonts side-by-side, making it easier to select your best fit.
a font isn’t always difficult, but it can be more
time-consuming than necessary. That’s because most apps don’t let
you view fonts side-by-side, so if you want to compare your
options, your only choice is to manually make the change. And then,
of course, you have to remember exactly what your previous options
looked like, and what those fonts were called. A font manager like
FontViewOK can make this process a whole lot simpler.
This free app lets you view your text in a variety of fonts,
side-by-side, so you can see which one best fits your needs. All of
FontViewOK’s options are clearly labeled, so you don’t have to
worry about remembering any font names.
FontViewOK is a small executable that you run whenever you’d
like to use the app–no installation needed. That means it’s
portable: you can load the file on a USB drive and use it on any
Windows-based PC. Its creator, SoftwareOK, boasts that the app is
so easy to use that you won’t need a help file…so they haven’t
included one. I’ll agree that the app is easy to use: you simply
enter your text in the form at the top of the app, and FontViewOK
automatically shows you how it will look in 213 different
But I’d still like a help file, as the app does have a few
limitations that could be explained more clearly. For one, you
can’t search for a certain font; you have to find its name in the
drop-down list provided at the top of FontViewOK’s window. If
you’re browsing through 213 options, finding a specific font can
take some time, but, then, so can browsing through all of the
available fonts in an application like Microsoft Word. Also, I wish
the app let you view just two or three font options at once; as it
stands now, you can only scroll through all of the fonts available
to see how they look. While this gives you plenty of options to
choose from, the result can be overwhelming. It would be nice if
you could eliminate the options you know you don’t want.
These quibbles are minor, though. If you’re creating a visual
document, such as an invitation or a newsletter, FontViewOK can
make it easy to find the best font for the job.