For a quick look at the active fonts on your computer, check out www.MyFontBook.com. It loads your fonts into its memory, shows you usefully-sized samples of them, then lets you see your own text in those fonts.
It can also display a table containing all the glyphs in any selected font, show you a questionably useful example of the metrics for the first few letters in the font, and display paragraphs of body text in several point sizes.
For a quick peek into any active font, or to see how various fonts will look on a Web page or computer display, MyFontBook is a fantastic free resource.
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.