It’s difficult to describe the FontShaker feature at www.typedna.com/shaker.html — you just have to see it in action. First, it discovers all the fonts currently active on your computer, and displays their names and text samples in a 3D grid.
As you hover over a sample card, it grows. If you click one, it gets huge. You can then ask it to display “similar” fonts that are active on your computer, as well as commercial fonts that you don’t have. If you find one you like, you can of course buy it.
The “Live Display” link captures a news story from a random website and displays it in your selected font. The whole thing tips and pivots as you move your mouse, just to keep your interest. And there’s also a social aspect I’ll leave you to discover.
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.