Typographic Utilities

Font Viewers

Unibook™ Character Browser
Unibook
Unibook™ Character Browser

The Unibook™ Character Browser is a tool developed by ASMUS, Inc. to present information about the characters defined in the Unicode Standard and the International Standard ISO/IEC 10646. Using Unibook, you can print and search listings of character codes and names, as well as display and search a variety of information about Unicode characters and their properties. Unibook can be used to look up unknown characters copied from a document and to generate the Unicode value for any character for pasting into documents.

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BabelMap
BabelMap
BabelMap

BabelMap is a free character map application for Windows that allows you to browse through the entire Unicode character repertoire of over 128,000 characters, or search for a particular character by name or by code point. Characters can then be copied to the clipboard for use in any Unicode-aware application. It also provides many useful features and special utilities. BabelMap supports the most recent version of the Unicode Standard.

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SIL ViewGlyph
SIL ViewGlyph
SIL ViewGlyph

ViewGlyph can show you the raw glyph palette, which is useful if you are writing smarts (i.e. OpenType, Graphite, or AAT tables) for your font. You can view certain TrueType font tables (name and cmap) and see various font metrics. Finally, ViewGlyph is useful for investigating how Windows maps 8-bit characters into Unicode through various codepages.

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Unicode Font Viewer
Unicode Font Viewer
Unicode Font Viewer

This small tool shows all true type fonts on a Windows system and allows to browse through all codepoints (characters). See whether your fonts contain chinese, arabic or hebrew characters. Get a short description of the selected character and compose a unicode string which can be copied to the clipboard and used in other applications. This way you can use the viewer as simple IME (input method editor) replacement.

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Font Managers

Nexusfont
Nexusfont
Nexusfont

If you are a designer using many fonts, nexusfont is a must have application. You can manage/compare/choose fonts with well organized features. You don’t need to install all fonts to the system. You can load fonts you are working with only. It’s simple and easy!

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Font Runner
Font Runner
Font Runner

Font Runner is a Windows font manager for artists and graphic designers. It is designed to easily organize and search collections of fonts.

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Font Hinting

Ttfautohint
Ttfautohint
Ttfautohint

Ttfautohint by Werner Lemberg is a free font utility, which goal is a 99% automated hinting process for web fonts, acting as a platform for finely hand-tuned hinting. Ttfautohint is a library written in C that takes a TrueType font as the input, removes its bytecode instructions (if any), and returns a new font where all glyphs are bytecode hinted using the information given by FreeType’s auto-hinting module. The idea is to provide the excellent quality of the auto-hinter on platforms that don’t use FreeType.

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Font Hinter
Font Hinter
Font Hinter

Font hinting (also known as instructing) is the use of mathematical instructions to adjust the display of an outline font so that it lines up with a rasterized grid. At low screen resolutions, hinting is critical for producing clear, legible text. This tool has automated the hinting process for web fonts so that your fonts displays nicely on all the browsers and platforms. This tool is powered by the excellent hinting tool ttfautohint.

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