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.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.