Veenix Technologies‘ TypeBook Creator 2 may be the best program for printing type specimens or books. Version 2 adds several important new features, including the unique “GlyphLogicEngine” that analyzes fonts for “energy” level and assigns an appropriate color label. It’s a handy way to narrow down your font choices for projects that require a particular font “feel” (which would every one of them!). The engine also makes it possible for TypeBook Creator to make “Quick Mix Suggestions” for fonts that share similar characteristics.
As in previous versions, you can print samples of active or inactive fonts, in any of 16 classic layouts — and customize the text used in the samples. It can even categorize your fonts for you, and then help narrow down your font choices by Serif, Sans-serif, Text, Condensed, Expanded, Monospaced, Shadow & 3D, etc.
Jay Nelson has a full review of TypeBook Creator at Macworld here. Why not download the demo and try it for yourself?
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.