TypeTester is an awesome tool for previewing how various fonts will look if you use them on a Web page or other on-screen presentation. You can supply your own text or use the supplied dummy text. Then you choose a font, size, color, leading, background, etc., and then view it as blocks of text displayed in every possible style: bold, italic, uppercase, small caps, etc. Font choices are divided into “Web-safe” (fonts such as Arial, Times and Verdana that are available on Windows and Macs), Mac OS X default, and Windows default, but you can also choose any font that’s currently active on your Mac.
You can create up to three columns, each one previewing a different combination of font, color, size, etc. When you see a result you like, you can click a button that pops up a window containing copyable CSS code for using that combination of font settings.
Try it at www.typetester.maratz.com.
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.