FontExplorer X Pro 2.0: Best in Class

I was skeptical about the commercial version of Linotype’s font manager FontExplorer X Pro 2.0 ($79), but quickly discovered that its features are so deep it eclipses those from other font managers.

Its iTunes-like interface provides access to a phenomenal number of professional features — for a full rundown, have a look at my review at Macworld. Here’s my favorite feature: it tracks auto-activation requests from each application, so you can permanently activate the ones you use the most. And yes, it auto-activates fonts in documents you open with QuarkXPress 6, 7 and 8. 

They also have a server version that includes access to thousands of fonts — but it’s surprisingly expensive.